Tonight, interactive artists are taking over an Internet Cafe and turning it into exhibition space, running artworks that function in regular browsers. Artists:
Erik Andersson, Cory Arcangel, Michael Bell-Smith, Charles Broskoski, Jon Cates, Aleksandra Domanovic, Doubble Happiness, Constant Dullaart, JODI, JK Keller, Greg Leuch, Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, Duncan Malashock, Eva & Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, Aaron Meyers, Mark Napier, Katja Novitskova, Paper Rad, Jon Rafman, Ariel Rebel, Ryder Ripps, Evan Roth, Brad Troemel, Marius Watz
Aram Bartholl is curating; the event runs tonight on 90 Bowery in New York from 8-11p.
But this is doubly worth mentioning, because it’s fun watching Processing code maven Marius Watz take Processing.js for a spin:
As it turns out, the code for Abstract01 from 2003 (originally created for Abstraction Now) worked on the first attempt. After a few adjustments I now have one interactive and one “automatic” version running perfectly in Firefox and Chrome. I have to say I’m officially impressed with Processing.js, my hat off to John Resig and crew!
You can play with the code yourself, in automatic mode, or – more fun – by drawing these spindly, abstract shapes yourself.
Marius notes the OpenGL stuff is out of the question, but that’s changing fast. (Compatibility remains a problem, as WebGL features are available only in the latest browsers and are turned off by default. But if you want to do it, you can.)
And that’s the bottom line: with cross-platform, flexible tools, any device and any screen can be a canvas for an artist. Even an Internet cafe. (That’s the actual cafe below. It looks like the one in Grand Theft Auto’s Liberty City.)