New Media Initiatives
ART ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK
OPENS FEBRUARY 11, 2000
Art Entertainment Network
(AEN) is an online exhibition of Web-based work by more than 40 artists
working in the interstices of art, entertainment, and networked media.
From a meta-video game by Natalie Bookchin based on a short story by Jorge
Luis Borges to artist software by Andy Deck and Mark Napier that allows
participants to collaborate on their own online art to performative storytelling
by Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn, AEN is a cornucopia of contemporary
AEN is constructed as a portal, an artists' version of Yahoo! or
MSNBC, except that each of the functions of a portal--the search engine
(Mongrel, Natural Selection), the webcam (Ken Goldberg, Dislocation
of Intimacy), the calendar (Claude Closky, Calendar 2000),
membership (Michaël Samyn, I Confess), or the daily meme (Robbin Murphy,
Wrestling Tips from the Coach/Curator)--is an artist project. In toto, the AEN
portal exposes that which may already seem normal as the not-yet-necessary.
These artists have the vision to imagine something different, both entertaining
AEN will be presented in the Let's
Entertain galleries via a specially designed "portal," which is
a freestanding revolving door with an embedded computer screen. As a participant
pushes the door around, it accesses different projects in AEN,
moving through cyberspace but always returning to the same physical space.
The AEN gallery portal was designed by Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi
Moeslinger of Antenna Design New York Inc., and made possible by generous
support from Aveus.