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Posted inPerformance

A Digital Artist Goes Analogue, but the Message Is Fuzzy

Sitting in the audience for the performance of Ann Hirsch’s “Playground” at the New Museum last week, two things came to mind: one, that Hirsch had managed to trick a bunch of art school kids and fans of her often web-based art into coming to a very conventional theater production; and two, that the plot of her play felt a little conservative, despite Hirsch’s larger body of work that seeks to question representations of female minds, bodies, and sexualities on the internet.

Posted inOpinion

China’s Virtual Supermarkets

Today China’s biggest online food retailer, Yihaodian, announced one of the most amazingly weird plans I’ve ever heard: the company will roll out 1,000 virtual supermarkets around the country. The stores — spanning 1,200 square meters (roughly 12,900 square feet) in virtual space and stocking about 1,000 items each — will “exist” in blank city spaces, and shoppers can find and “enter” them using their smartphones and augmented reality.

Posted inArt

Five Art Projects That Change the Way We Browse the Web

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.