goodmorning goodnight

Tuesday, 05 March 2013

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“goodmorning goodnight” by JODI explores visual and textual representations of sunset and sunrise in the online environment. Overlaid on a grid of latitudes and longitudes of the area surrounding the Whitney Museum are location-specific images of sunsets and sunrises culled from Panoramio, a photo sharing website. Viewers of “goodmorning goodnight” can follow the visual path of these sunsets and sunrises in different locations around Manhattan. Superimposed over the sunrise and sunset images is a layer of text comprised of scrolling lines and comments scraped from livedash, a website that allows users to search for particular words or phrases on national television. Meanwhile, a progress bar at the bottom of the webpage keeps track of the thirty-second duration of the project in real time. In JODI’s signature style, the web is turned inside-out by foregrounding its iconography, processes, and codes. “goodmorning goodnight” collapses user-generated and media representations of time and space into a single view of Manhattan seen through a browser window.

JODI (Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans), or, started pioneering Web art in 1994. Based in the Netherlands, they were among the first artists to investigate and subvert conventions of the Internet, computer programs, and video and computer games. JODI stages digital interventions that destabilize the relationship between computer technology and its users, radically disrupting the very language of these systems. They use a wide range of media and techniques—including installations, software, websites, and performances—to challenge our relationship to the technologies that we depend upon every day. JODI’s work has been featured in numerous texts on electronic and media art and exhibited worldwide at venues including Documenta X, Kassel; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; ZKM, Karlsruhe; ICC, Tokyo; CCA, Glasgow; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Eyebeam, New York; FACT, Liverpool; and MOMI, New York.