Revisiting Tumblr as Art
by Ben Valentine
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of commissioned essay for The World’s First Tumblr Art Symposium.
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.
Image caption: A GIF that demonstrates part of the effect of scrolling through Takeda Hirozumi’s “Thirozumi” tumblelog. (GIF by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)
alt crit is a hub. alt crit is a place where tumblr social justice warriors can make eyes at postmodern painters. alt crit is where net art and alt lit finally kiss at the end of the movie. alt crit is part of the zeitgiest. alt crit is already out there, so alt crit reblogs. alt crit is chill like that.
ʻData Centers Grand Tour (This Data Belongs Here)ʼ by Silvio Lorusso is the second e-PERMANENT artist commission for an online work. ʻData Centers Grand Tour (This Data Belongs Here)ʼ starts here and will be an ongoing project for which Silvio Lorusso will be purchasing domain names and hosting in each country across the globe. For each domain a single web page will be hosted showing a satellite view of the geographical site at which that particular domainʼs data is stored. The tour will start by clicking at a destination, one click will take you to the next domain in a different country where you will again be able to view where that domainʼs data is stored, and so on until all of the countries in the world are covered.
Facebook’s Data Center - From The Aesthetics of Data Storage by Kyle Chayka @hyperallergic
~*The World’s First*~
Tumblr: Art Symposium
I cannot believe I am helping to curate this.
omg, I never do this, but this is the cutest compilation of pure cuteness ever.