Bay Area Online Exhibitions Archive
Electronic Art Gallery
The Electronic Art Gallery at the Art Com Electronic Network (ACEN) was the first online exhibition in the Bay Area. Started in 1986 and hosted in the WELL's ACEN conference, this text-based gallery showcased several artworks from artists interested in working with electronic communication technologies. In order to access the exhibition, the visitor had to subscribe to the WELL, where ACEN could be found and the Electronic Art Gallery in its menu. The artworks, both submitted by artists and commissioned by ACEN, were always on view since the day of their publication.
E.space was an online exhibition space that started in 2000 showcasing web-based artworks and designs from the SFMOMA collection. In 2001 and after its re-design, e.space commissioned, presented and displayed new web projects, with in-depth information about the piece and the artist. Along with these projects, previously commissioned online artworks were also featured in the section “Artists Projects”. Other curated online spaces and essays were accessible via the “Curatorial Experiments” section.
010101: Art in Technological Times Online Exhibition
The online exhibition, part of the on-site survey exhibition, 010101: Art in Technological Times, showcased five new commissioned web-based artworks, a series of interactive public programs that were streamed online and discussion forums where visitors could add their comments and create dialogues.
Telematic Connections :: The Virtual Embrace Online Exhibition
Telematic Connections can be seen as a very complete exhibition catalogue where artworks can be viewed/interacted with. The complex structure of this online exhibition, accompanied with a touring on-site exhibition, gathered artworks, texts about the pieces written by the artists, related essays, photographic documentation of the exhibition installation at the San Francisco Art Institute and an open source telematics timeline.
The exhibition Day Jobs was shown within the "Off-site" section of the New Langton Arts gallery website, through which links to the artworks were published. Thematically, Day Jobs investigated the relationships between two different but intrinsic interconnected activities in the routines of digital media artists: their work as income producers and their work as art producers. By inviting artists to submit two (art)works’ links, one related to their day time and another to their night time, Day Jobs revealed connections between two inseparable necessities in the life of a digital media artist, the economic need and the artistic need.
Considering the development of narrativity within the production of net artworks, net.narrative aimed to exhibit the most successful internet-based artworks in disrupting traditional narratives by means of deconstruction or revisualization. Opened the 19th of September 2002, net.narrative was accessible through SF Camerawork website.
packet was an exhibition program accessible through the New Langton Arts website in which an internet-based artwork was published every month, from January 2003 until December 2005. All artworks were listed in the "Network tab" within the "Events" section of the site and both newly released and already shown pieces were available to the visitor anytime. The aim of the program was to acknowledge and show the work of young emerging artists interested in the net as a vehicle to explore different topics.
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES PRESENTS
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES PRESENTS was a guest curated exhibition by YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES. This net artist group selected several web-based projects from different artists around the world to be shown during September 2004 in the monthly exhibition program "packet". The links to the artworks were available in the New Langton Arts website, within the "Network" tab of the "Events" section. The audience could access the artworks from that site or after launching an introduction produced by YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES with their characteristic animated text style.
CROWDS was a web-based collaborative research project that examined the rise of the masses and modernity. It was shown in conjunction with the onsite exhibition "Revolutionary Tides: The Art of the Political Poster 1914–1989", a survey show of posters that was triggered by this online project. The CROWDS website was divided in four sections, "Galleries" being the first one in the menu and the one containing curated artworks of still and moving images, audio and text, not just by artists and curators but also scholars in different fields of knowledge. The website also contained a database of seminal writings, crowd theorists, semantic histories of terms related to crows in multiple languages and a contact section, thought with a visitor could submit proposals to be added to the site.
The Present Group - An Art Subscription Service
The Present Group - An Art Subscription Service provided limited edition contemporary artworks to subscribers by mail. Alongside the publication of each physical work, they used the front page of their website as an online exhibition space for each piece, making the works available to a wider public. These virtual versions included an interactive representation of the physical edition, artists’ bios and interviews, related texts and links, as well as discussion forums. Previously published exhibitions were accessible through the “past” button on the bottom of the exhibition space or through the backissue index.
Life Squared was an exhibition located in the island NEware of Second Life, where a digital archive of Lynn Hershman works was on view. Initially, the exhibition was a “reanimation” of two early artworks: Dante Hotel and Roberta Breitmore. The visitor accessed the exhibition by entering the virtually reconstructed hotel in Second Life, wondering through it and interacting with the objects on display: newspaper clippings, photographs, videos and the virtual persona of Roberta Breitmore. Besides, a virtual installation was added to the project, consisting of a reconstruction of an on-site exhibition of Life Squared at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Furthermore, the film Strange Culture was also premiered in this virtual space.
RIP.MIX.BURN.BAM.PFA was an exhibition focused on the concept of remixing. Several artists were invited to rearrange two existent media works, Ken Goldberg’s Ouija 2000 and Valéry Grancher’s 24h00, that could be viewed online and on-site, and also downloaded for free. Most of the artworks were published online in the Digital Art section of the BAMPFA website, though pieces of physical nature like the ones of Jonathon Keat and Michael Joaquin Grey were only installed on-site. Visitors’ remixes were also on view by being published in the "Remixes" section of the exhibition site.
77 Million Paintings (Second Life)
Parallel to a on-site event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Brian Eno's software artwork 77 Million Paintings was projected, a video installation was specifically produced in Second Life to showcase online this same piece. The visitor could see this virtual version by visiting several locations within Second Life.
NetArt hosted web-based artworks in the "Art>NetArt" section of the BAMPFA website. Every three months a new artwork was published and, after its display period was finished, the work was then kept in the "NetArchive" section of the same webpage. Artworks could be accompanied with other files free to download like interviews with the artists and/or curator’s essays. It seems some artworks were also displayed in a computer in the museum’s Bancroft Lobby.
The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now - Online works
The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now online exhibition took place within the official SFMOMA website, through which visitors could access the links of fully online artworks as well as web-based components of artworks that were both physically and virtually present. It is necessary to notice that online artworks were also shown and accessible on-site, therefore occupying physical space inside the museum. More specifically, on-site virtual artworks were displayed in computer screens throughout the galleries or in computer kiosks situated in the Koret Visitor Education Center. Thematically, this exhibition was an overview of the history of participatory art practices.
Jst Chillin - Serial Chillers in Paradise
Jst Chillin was an online exhibition to which artists were invited to take over the site for two weeks in order to create a piece that was shown in this platform. The central theme of all the artworks, all of them web-based, was the action of chilling while “navigating” and their un/concerns in relationship to our digital condition. All projects are hosted on the jstchillin website and accessible through individual links to them.
Art Micro Patronage
Art Micro Patronage is a website platform that gathered online exhibitions. These curated virtual exhibitions were public during one month. After that month, the shows were only accessible to visitors who had donated to it. Donations made to the exhibitions were directed to support the exhibited artist and a small percentage also served to pay curators, developers, processing fees and maintaining the website. The total donation received for each show was also published on the website. Furthermore, live artist talks were scheduled and screened online during the time of each one of the shows.
Ships Passing in the Night
Ships Passing in the Night was an online exhibition that published artworks for download, in succession, for a duration of 5 minutes each. In the course of the 4 hours that lasted the exhibition, a total of 48 artworks in form of PDFs were shared through the website of the show. All artworks were downloaded, printed and installed at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art as part of the exhibition "The Way Beyond Art: Wide White Space", which investigated the relationship between graphic design and the practice of exhibition making.
Desktop show was an exhibition of net.art works carried out through Skype (from Berkeley). The viewer could visit the exhibition after adding the username desktop.show to their Skype contacts and accepted a called from it. Desktop show showcased different web-based artworks and a live written narrative by using the “share desktop” option of Skype. The exhibition lasted around 20 minutes and, though choreographed, it has been different for every visitor.
One Sentence Exhibition
One Sentence Exhibition compiles sentences selected by curators in which each word in it or section of it functions as a hyperlink to a website showing images, videos, texts or web-based works. While watching the exhibition, the curated sentence appears in the bottom part of the website and the selected links open in the upper part of the site, making the show very easy to navigate. Each sentence/exhibition is only accessible during the period of time it is published or while it is being archived as “Recent”. Consequently, it is possible to see the titles and curators of past exhibitions but not to access the hyperlinks to the works.
The Reader is an exhibition of audio tracks contributed by contemporary women artists in response to a specific historical painting depicting a female reader. The website showcases a big selection of these paintings, the ones with audio tracks having a yellow frame. In order to hear each artist's contribution is necessary to place the mouse over the yellow framed paintings, and more information about the painting and the audio track is accessible by clicking on the images.
Desktop Show II
This second version of Desktop show was also an exhibition of net.art works carried out through Skype. Desktop Show II was presented as part of the exhibition “Public Works: Artists' Interventions 1970s–Now” at Mills College, where it was screened to a bigger audience. As in the first Desktop Show, web-based artworks were shown live, accompanied by a written narrative. The exhibition lasted around 20 minutes.
Open Space - Project Space
Project Space is an online exhibition located within Open Space, an experimental and semi-autonomous space of SFMOMA. The commissioned artworks exist in form of free downloadable files that can be further materialized in a physical form, i.e. printed on paper. To access each one of the works, the viewer must go to the Open Space's Project Space category, where all submissions are published.
37.803456 N, 122.417144 W
37.803456 N, 122.417144 W showcased artworks created by students of the San Francisco Art Institute "Friending Art: Social Networks" class and was only accessible at the Chestnut St. campus of the university. By simply entering the address of the exhibition on the browser, links to the works would appear with their respective titles if the visitor was physically present at that location. Because of their materiality, two of the artworks were presented on-site.
Language to Be Looked @ Things to Be Read
Language to be looked @ Things to be read is an exhibition of a wide variety of artists mailed language and/or things. This exhibition takes place within the visitors' e-mail inbox, to which a piece of an artist' correspondence will be sent once per week for a period of 6 months. The artworks shown were formerly exchanged via the postal service and now inhabit online art institutional archives in digital form.
Addendum is an exhibition of visual essays that takes places within a web browser add-on downloadable for free. This add-on, that works alongside AdBlock Plus, replaces website advertising with visual essays. Consequently, when a visitor navigates with the add-on active, the different images selected by the artists will be shown in the ads location. Images will therefore appear cropped and resized depending on the advertisement dimensions specific to each website. All images are linked to a website selected by the artist that can be visited by clicking on them. The visual essays are also showcased as thumbnail images in the Addendum website.
Unauthorized SFMOMA Show
Unauthorized SFMOMA Show is a series of solo online exhibitions that can be visited through a website accessible only when physically present at SFMOMA. The website is divided in two sections, one directing to the site of the exhibition (where exhibition views with the artwork and specifications of the show are displayed), and another section that allows the visitor to participate in the exhibition (after filling up a form about the artwork and submitting an image of it). The artwork submitted is accepted at the moment of its submission and thus appears right away in the first section.