Time Based Arts), Andy Deck has
chosen an assortment of recent work from his online project,
Artcontext. Deck has developed software for public use via the
Internet browser which solicits participation in the production of
imagery that is recorded as it develops. Featured are Glyphiti
(2001-present), an evolving image that reflects the pixelated
drawings of many visitors; Open Studio
(2000-present), a classic multi-user experience that immerses
people in a dynamic assortment of colorful imagery and anonymous
visual conversations; and Collabyrinth (2002), a playful tool that
looks like conventional production software but opens onto an
icon-filled landscape of contributed designs.
Andy Deck is an American artist specializing in Internet-related art. His work reaches out across the Internet to geographically diverse visitors, challenging them to adopt roles traditionally associated with the artist, such as image-making. Through the website Artcontext.net, Deck addresses the politics and aesthetics of collaboration, interactivity, software, and independent media. Deck was a finalist for the 2003 Webby Award in NetArt. In 2004, a retrospective of his work has been featured by the U.K.-based organization Furtherfield, and he has won a commission from New Radio and Performing Arts, with funds from the Warhol Foundation.
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