Lives: New York City, USA
Andy Deck works on the development of collaborative process in the context of art and connectivity. Pre-empting regular programming, leveraging accidental freedoms, he attempts to demonstrate alternatives for Internet interactivity and interface design. Deck has made art software since 1990, initially using it to produce short films. Since 1994, he has worked with the Web using the sites artcontext.com and andyland.net.
He makes public art for the Internet that resists generic categorization: collaborative drawing spaces, game-like search engines, problematic interfaces, informative art. Similarly the calendars he has produced annually since 1980 resemble artist's books, mazes, and comics. In recent years this publication has included essays and projects available via the Internet.
An avid critic of corporate culture and militarism, Deck's hybrid news-art projects have addressed a variety of issues that are regularly misrepresented in the mass media. In the interest of preserving this available alternative media, and sensing the drift of the Internet toward a marketing and entertainment medium, he has allied himself with open source software developers, optimizing his work for use with the Linux operating system, and publishing source code for much of his software.
He has taught at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Sarah Lawrence College, and New York University. Currently he teaches at the School of Visual Arts.
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