When We Were Kings by Evan RothJuxtapoz // Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011
One of our favorite features over the past few years was our conversation with Evan Roth, one of the leading artists in new technology and HTML code art. He recently had a solo exhibition in NYC called When We Were Kings, featuring high-end minimal and pure Internet-based pieces.
The show falls under the Speed Show concept curated and hosted by Aram Bartholl ,The basic idea of this exhibition format is to create a gallery like opening situation for browser based internet art in a public cyber-cafe / internet-shop for one night. The exhibition format is free and can be applied by anyone at any place.
Hit an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on them for one night. All art works of the participating artists need to be on-line (not necessarily public) and are shown in a typical browser with standard plug-ins. Performance and life pieces may also use pre-installed communication programs (instant messaging, VOIP, video chat etc). Custom software (except browser add-ons) or off-line files are not permitted. Any creative physical modification to Internet cafe itself is not allowed. The show is public and takes place during normal opening hours of the Internet cafe/shop. All visitors are welcome to join the opening, enjoy the art (and to check their email.)
For Roth's When We Were Kings show this past July at 90 Bowery, he created a bunch of minimal Internet-based works. One of our favorites was the When We Were Kings piece, which you can see here. There is also the brilliant White Glove, "The motion data of Michael Jackson’s white glove from his landmark 1983 performance of Billy Jean."
And just for a little off-shoot awesomeness from Roth, we love this project (we suggest clicking on this link: “One sentence contained within every HTML tag in alphabetical order." This is what you get: