by nathaniel stern and marcus neustetter
with funds from the Greenwall
getawayexperiment.net proposes a dialogue between the virtual and physical processes of sign and site design and perception. Stern and Neustetter have transformed several information-based web pages into collaboratively constructed communication sites; they commissioned local sign-makers in Johannesburg, South Africa to "re-mix" five websites by painting stylized versions of each image on their main pages. The hand-painted signs were then scanned, prepared for the web, and uploaded.
Each of the five sites can be seen in three ways: 1) the original site (on its original server); 2) the "getaway" site in edit mode; and 3) the "getaway" site in non-edit mode. In edit mode, participants from anywhere in the world can click on an image in any one of the "getaway" pages and upload their own replacement images. In non-edit mode each individual image is randomly pulled from the site's database, thereby transforming the "getaways" into dynamic collages that signify something completely new.
1 year performance video (aka samHsiehUpdate)
with funds from the Jerome Foundation
"We shall seal images of ourselves in images of our studio, seemingly in solitary confinement inside seemingly identical images of cell-like rooms measuring 10ft x 10ft x 10ft. We seemingly shall not converse, listen to the radio or watch television, until—after you have viewed them for one year—we unseal our images." 1 year performance video continues MTAA's series of Updates that resound seminal performance art from the 60s and 70s, in part by replacing human processes with computer processes. [Needs latest Flash Player and broadband connection.]