David Karp


Is Tumblr Just an Art Project?

by Kyle Chayka on January 2, 2013

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A new issue of Forbes magazine comes with a cover story on David Karp, the founder of the social media behemoth Tumblr. The profile, included as part of the magazine’s 30 Under 30 list of “prodigies” (Karp is 26) is titled, “Tumblr: David Karp’s $800 Million Art Project.” What do they mean by that, exactly?

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Ryan Trecartin + Tumblr = River of the Net

by Kyle Chayka on October 7, 2010

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If you didn’t catch the project’s announcement Tuesday on ArtFagCity, Ryan Trecartin (video artist extraordinaire, Youtube star) and David Karp (founder of Tumblr) have launched riverofthe.net, a crowd-sourced video project that strikes a balance between social media site, contemporary art piece, and documentary archive. The website collects videos ten seconds or less in length, uploaded by users, and crowd sourced. Videos are tagged and aggregated by a maximum of three terms, terms that are collected at the bottom of the site’s homepage in an ever-expanding, lo-fi html list that visually recalls sites like Craigslist.

So far, the list is a kind of Ryan Trecartin-inflected stream of consciousness, complete with everything from “sexy feet” (a video of someone pulling off a sock in a sultry manner), the omnipresent “Lady Gaga,” and “bitches be @ the club,” which links to a video of giraffes fighting, violently. Your guess is as good as mine, but that’s Trecartin’s style for you.

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