Netherlands – 2008
What happens when the familiar associations between context and structure break down? When what you are used to recognise is not there anymore, and numbers, symbols and spaces have taken now over? del.icio.us – winning information rips off the categorizations, the forms and the semiology of today’s web. Navigation becomes difficult and chaotic challenging the user to find his own way out, offering this subversion itself as a spectacle.
Based in The Netherlands, JODI, Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans, were among the first artists to investigate and subvert conventions of the internet, computer programs, and video and computer games. Radically disrupting the very language of these systems, including interfaces, commands, errors and code, JODI stages extreme digital interventions that destabilise the relationship between computer technology and its users. Their controversial performances have been discussed in the international press and their work has been presented in museums, centers and festivals around the world. They have received the Jerome Commission from the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis and an Honorary Mention from Ars Electronica, Linz. *bio courtesy of rhizome.org