[NetBehaviour] Review of Mark Napier's Venus 2.0 by Angela Ferraiolo
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Tue Feb 9 15:53:37 CET 2010
Review of Mark Napier's Venus 2.0 by Angela Ferraiolo.
Angela Ferraiolo meets Mark Napier in New York and asks him what's
behind the Venus 2.0 project.
Venus 2.0 was created from software written by the artist, collecting
images of various body parts of Pamela Anderson, an erotic icon of our
time. All images were scraped from the hundreds of pictures of Pamela
Anderson available on the Internet, recreating mobile, three-dimensional
figures out of these flat fragmentary pictures. Mark Napier reflects and
redefines on our perceptions of images in this Internet age, on network
structures and on the Internet's influence on our lives.
"Now that I'm done' I find the artwork disturbing. It freaks me out.
Maybe I'll do landscapes for a while to detox." Napier.
Mark Napier (http://www.potatoland.org/), well-known for net classics
such as Shredder (http://www.potatoland.org/shredder/) Riot
(http:www.potatoland.org/riot/) and Digital Landfill
(http://www.potatoland.org/landfill/) recently exhibited his latest work
Venus 2.0 at the DAM Gallery (http://www.dam-berlin.de/) in Berlin.
Mark Napier (1961, USA) lives in New York. He became inspired by
software development soon after completing his training as a painter. He
has been working on Net art since 1995 and was one of the first artists
to deal thematically and formally with the Internet. His works explore
terms such as 'ownership' and 'authority' in the Net and interrogate
browser functions and Web design. He has been commissioned to create Net
art works by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art and took part in the Whitney Biennale in 2002.
Institutions and festivals that have exhibited his works include the
Centre Pompidou in Paris, P.S.1 New York, the Walker Art Center in
Minneapolis, Ars Electronica in Linz, The Kitchen, Künstlerhaus Vienna,
ZKM Karlsruhe, Transmediale, iMAL Brussels, Eyebeam, the Princeton Art
Museum, and la Villette, Paris. He has also received awards from
Creative Capital, the Greenwall Foundation and the New York Foundation
for the Arts.
Angela Ferraiolo is an interactive writer and filmmaker experimenting
with text, video, and animation for the web, installation, and mobile
applications. She is currently working on a new interactive movie titled
"The Loop". Her digital story "Map of a Future War" was published in the
Fall 2008 issue of the New River Journal. Her plays have been produced
at La Mama Galleria and Expanded Arts in New York City and at the Brick
Playhouse in Philadelphia, USA. She is also the author of the RPG Aidyn
Chronicles and the MMORPG Earth and Beyond. Angela teaches game
programming and theories of game design in the Film and Media Department
of Hunter College in New York.
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