The Walker has awarded a second series of net-art commissions to emerging artists. The first piece is by 0100101110101101.org, an artist collaborative whose members remain anonymous. Their work often challenges notions of artistic ownership--they have cloned the artworks of other net artists and presented them on their site. Their newest project, life_sharing, premieres this month in Gallery 9.
Like Napster and other "peer-to-peer" software, from the moment life_sharing (an anagram of file sharing) begins, every Internet user will have free 24-7 access to 0100101110101101.org's computer: all the artists' archives, current projects, software, and even private e-mail will be available to the public. In applying open source's general public license model to the artists' own computer server, life_sharing radically challenges the concept of privacy and explores the contradictions of intellectual property in an open-source age. In a final phase of the project, a CD-ROM will allow users to easily install a complete open-source operating system and become a part of the life_sharing network.
The other two Emerging Artist/Emergent Medium.2 commissions were awarded to Minneapolis-based artist Ochen K. for his project Community and Brooklyn-based artist Diane Ludin for her work Harvesting the Net: Memory Flesh. Watch the calendar for launch dates for these projects, or check out the Web site.
EMERGING ARTISTS/EMERGENT MEDIUM.2 IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE JEROME FOUNDATION.