The New York-based website Adaweb commissions virtual site-specific interactive pieces from artists such as Jenny Holzer and Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and artworld figures like MOMA video curator Barbara London, and is a bountiful treasure house that will keep you coming back for more.
"All things are delicately interconnected" read a message at the top of the screen the first time I loaded the site, and five flickering shapes invited me to try my luck. The first brought me through to a menu, from which I selected Stir Fry, "a video curator's dispatches from China". Barbara London spent some weeks there in September last year, and the site is a fascinating diary of her journey and the artists she met, complete with video clips.
Then there is Jenny Holzer's 1995 piece, please change beliefs, one part of which invites users to better Holzer at her own game of creating truisms (ABUSE OF POWER COMES AS NO SURPRISE; ACTION CAUSES MORE TROUBLE THAN THOUGHT) by "improving" or replacing them. Checking the master list of efforts by others only highlights Holzer's skill. Very entertaining. And that's only two of the projects on offer.
To my knowledge, this is the only website by a South African artist to feature a specially designed project rather than a catalogue of the artist's work in other media. Clicking on brings you to a rapidly blinking eye and the title The Black Hole in the Rainbow Nation, a quick-fire delivery of the statistics of violence, and a hypnotic emblematic visual involving a waving flag and burning fires against a background of R10 notes. This is followed by some of Geers' challenging writing and a list of good links.
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It is also possible to receive an online version of the gallery's quarterly journal, Bonani.
USA/Arts: Chicanos, Latino Americans, Latin America in the USA