Jonathan Vingiano

Essays

Revisiting Tumblr as Art

by Ben Valentine on February 22, 2013

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of commissioned essay for The World’s First Tumblr Art Symposium. This essay is a revised and expanded version of Ben Valentine’s “Tumblr as Art” that was first published on June 19, 2012.

Much has been written about the rise of internet art. Just in the last few years, we’ve seen net artworks such as “intotime.org” by Rafaël Rozendaal; Twitter art by the likes of An Xiao and others; “e.m-bed.de/d/,” an immersive online music video experience by Yung Jake; and “$,” a Google Docs piece by Man Bartlett. But there is a burgeoning field of both social and discrete, beautiful, and weird internet art that demands our attention: Tumblr art.

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BERKELEY, California — Whatever definition for art you hold dear, quality art often offers the viewer a chance to challenge that definition and a new means to look at the world. New perspectives are important: they disrupt our expectations, allowing for new ways of thinking, new dialogues, and new ideas. A particularly interesting genre of internet art offers the same possibility. Rather than the single URL-based work that links nowhere, works that embrace the internet’s networked structure allow us to engage and explore the internet in an entirely new way. These works give us new ways to browse.

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Surfcave

What if every image that ever passed through your web browser was published for all to see? Surfcave is a new Chrome browser plugin and website by Jonathan Vingiano and Brad Troemel that turns surfing the internet into a relentlessly public, voyeuristic, and hypnotic activity.

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Brendan Chilcutt’s Museum of Endangered Sounds is an online, interactive museum of the old sounds from outdated technology.

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Essays

Tumblr as Art

by Ben Valentine on June 19, 2012

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Much has been written about the rise of internet art. We’ve seen URL, Twitter and Google Docs works. But until recently I hadn’t encountered Tumblr art.

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