VIDA Redux

Nell Tenhaaf summarizes the best the VIDA competition, including an early work from Transnational Temps.

From Spain, Novus Extinctus (2001, VIDA 4.0) by Transnational Temps (Andy Deck, Fred Adam and Verónica Perales), is an Internet artwork whose central message is that the expansion of human presence on the World Wide Web, measured via the number of domain names registered daily, climbs in a deadly parallel with the number of species that go extinct. The site has a strong element of marketing spoof as well, linking Latin species names to commercial sites such as TigerDirect that use the names of exotic animals. Source

Internet Art

Looking through the artist lists on I think Andy Deck had a great idea. Using both the power of the internet and javascript, he made artwork that utilizes the internet, and not just point-click and move on. I like how it saves what one has made so that others can change it.

I did not like as much. i understand how it uses javascript nicely, but I don’t think it uses the power of the internet as nicelys as Deck’s artwork. was a interesting site, I did enjoy how it made some links to wikipedia, in case anyone did want to know of the names mention. It also had a conceptionally interesting look. not uniformal at all.

Originally by Anaxandrew from That’s AnaxAndrew to you. on February 18, 2008, 6:05pm

Andy Deck


I finally decided to figure out where the site housed projects of its artists. It was here where I ran across Andy Deck. He has been using the internet to create work since 1994. I was hoping to see his Retrospective show, but the link for it had been deleted. After looking through a little more I was able to find some of his projects. It was the description for Bardcode that intrigued me. Andy talks about how the music industry and Sony started blocking the download of music and the copying of movies. This limited the “free speech” of computer languages.

Originally by Stewart from AVT 280 on March 4, 2008, 8:00pm

Online Drawing Collab


I’m attracted by something about “realtime visual collaboration on the web”.

OpenStudio project launched in 1990 according to Whitney artport archive. Andy Deck has a website where he posts all his experimental works using fundamental functions of hypertext and pixelerate images from 1990 to the present. Here is another similar project by him launched in 2002 (Collabyrinth) in which users create their own desktop icons.

These two sites have similarities in terms of interactivity among the participants. Both have “record” “save” “open” functions that let one person saves and stores a piece and then others can share it overtime from the archive.

Originally by Akiko Rokube from Major Studio Interactivity on March 17, 2008, 1:51am

First Prize for Greenwashing Project

Transnational Temps entered and won the Shift Space Commission Program’s competition for the best ‘trail.’ The Transnational Temps entry pulled together a variety of websites that address or exemplify ‘greenwashing’: the use of misleading PR and advertising to cleanse a corporation’s image with respect to its environmental impact. In recent years, and especially after the release of An Inconvenient Truth, the public perception of global warming has changed. But the tremendous increase of feel-good PR on the part of some of the most environmentally abusive corporations on earth leads us to wonder who will hold greenwashers accountable for their deceptions.

Greenwashing Trail of Tears

Shift Space is a browser add-on that enables its users to superimpose comments above existing websites. The ‘trail’ paradigm is a thematic series of pages that are part of the Shift Space network of annotated sites.

Transnational Temps would like to acknowledge the participation of several students who contributed to a class project that got the greenwashing ball rolling. Elise, Dara, Sheena and Hye Seung: thank you for helping to make the project a success.


Decoder Bling
Digitial decoder bling by Andy Deck

A free interpretation of privatized data streams. Digital encryption and encoding mired in secrecy and exclusivity. A premonition of future histories lost in translation. Decode the present and future illegibility of state-of-the-art media.

Wildlife Offline

Wildlife Offline

Members of a more than a few species are beginning to be outnumbered by cute caricatures on the Internet. This collection of illustrations depicting some of the world’s most endangered species demonstrates this trend.

Artcontext 2008 Calendar


Hapless flowers, windmills, trees, and small animals try to organize some type of response to climate change as a duper-hero clan of energy industry titans use their powers in the media and military to insure the supression of dissent and the continuation of their way of war. Lucha Neo-libre is Panel Junction #2 in calendar form, 12 pages of comic art influenced by user contributions through the website.

Originally by Deck from Artcontext Wire on December 25, 2007, 9:25am

Ecoscope stickers action

Eco-stickers invite people to consider environmental issues and visit Eco-scope to discuss them.

Primera Ecoscope Eco-stickers action en la ciudad de Valencia, España. Si quieres intervenir en el espacio público, se puede imprimir las plantillas de stickers.
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Converse with a chimpanzee about habitat problems, or discuss overfishing with a whale.

These are just two possible encounters in EcoScope, part of the Eco-Media exhibition in Germany (October 2007- January 2008). Produced by the international art collective Transnational Temps, this online forum also offers tools for sending quirky postcards to friends, either electronically or through your printer. You’re invited to come join the conversation. There’s content in EcoScope before you arrive, but half the fun is what you bring to it. Peer into the EcoScope!

Originally by Deck from Artcontext Wire on October 2, 2007, 5:43pm