The Guest Galleries feature works by artists made specifically for Internet Archaeology. These works are inspired by, speak to, or use elements of an earlier internet. The purpose of the Guest Galleries is to create a dialogue between old and new; enforcing the belief that digital artifacts should be preserved and showcased for their cultural, historical and aesthetic value.
Current Works on Display
Tabor Robak - Heaven
Tabor Robak is an artist based in Portland Oregon. His vivid and futuristic style draws inspiration from the attitudes and aesthetics of the past. Robak's work is both playful and spiritual, exploring the relationship between the medium and its intangible message. In his piece Heaven, he blends new and old graphic elements to create a celestial moving landscape, and an experience for the viewer. The work can be viewed as a virtual depiction of heaven in its traditional soteriological sense, yet also as a heaven for yesterdays graphics.
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Krist Wood - Mausoleum
Krist Wood is a scientist, musician and artist currently working at the department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. His PhD work involved the genetic engineering of nanomotors; molecular devices capable of converting energy into movement. As an artist, his work challenges the bounds of technology, to create a greater experience through art. His piece, Mausoleum, takes the viewer on a journey of discovery and mystery, one which he had experienced through GeoCities. He tells me, "The environment of the site symbolizes the way I felt when I originally surfed GeoCities and discovered websites like these."..."My experience surfing the internet during that time was quiet and unnerving and fascinating. I think of those feelings when I reflect on GeoCities."
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Jacob Broms Engblom - Keep
Jacob Broms Englom is an artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. His work is centered around the relationship between technology and art; testing their boundaries and intended function. His piece, Keep, forces communication between GeoCities GIF images and YouTube Flash mediums; and in turn creating a dialogue between old and the new. As a verb, the word 'Keep' means to preserve, yet as a noun its meaning is fortress or castle.
See more of Jacob Broms Engblom's work at: http://likeneveralways.com
Daniel Leyva - Geocity2000
Daniel Leyva is an artist, graphic designer and animator based in New York City. His work combines illustration, 8 bit graphics, 3d animation and print media to make a product that is cutting edge and compelling. His commercial work includes spots for MTV, eBay and TV Land. For his piece, Geocity2000, he blends GIF animation, vintage graphics and 3d art and creates a depiction of GeoCities as physical space, all quarks included.
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Arran Ridley - Teenage Dog: Interactive Adventure Game
Arran Ridley is an English artist whose work is playful and honest. Toying with illustration, clipart and the defaults of graphic software; he paints 3d scenes with ideals of naivety and meaning through the tools at hand. His piece, Teenage Dog: Interactive Adventure Game, is a nod to the much forgotten convention of SWF Games. For more Flash based games checkout the Internet Archaeology Flash Archive.
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Emma Balkind - My Site
Emma Balkind is a curator and artist currently living in Berlin. The presentation of her 1996 website acts as a time capsule and reflection. Coming from the perspective of an 11 year old girl growing up in the advent of a more mainstream internet culture, Balkind’s website exemplifies the sentiments and aesthetics of the time. She tells me, “The internet broke my heart, took my virginity, and has made me some friends who I still hold dear. It gave me a space to grow up creatively when I was living in the sticks. I owe a lot to that little 28.8k modem.”
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Nasdaq 5000 - City Talk
City Talk is an AIM conversation between members of the Art troop Nasdaq 5000. It is a conversation using only GeoCities URLs. The title acts as a double entendre; besides being a series of Geo'Cities' links, the conversation was also had between two cities. The sites in City Talk are archived within Internet Archaeology.