The “i know, LOL” project that Jon mentioned at the beginning of his article, sounded to me that it was more like a “hacking” project if anything else, and in my judgement, I would not go as far as to classify it as art.
However, I would not say that this sort of activity should be banned viciously. Obviously, if a web moderator sees that there is a reoccurring message floating around Twitter, the first immediate action to this would be to exterminate the spawning source. When Jon mentions Jodi Dean’s idea of “Communicative Capitalism”, this struck me as another way of saying that everyone has their own equal voice on the Internet, and quite frequently, people hide their real identities, so that judgement can be dismissed while they proceed with their venture through the Internet. I suppose another word for this would be “online identities”.
Also. Saying “1rst” actually adds one more letter to the original abbreviation… Seeing that Jon is a fan of using minimal, new-generation language, I found that sort of humorous.
The problem I see is, Artware could very easily be mistaken as spam, or even a virus. If a person, who is not an artist, witnesses an artist’s activity through their social network, or any other website, they would most likely be insulted by that artist’s original project/mission.
The same concept used in the “i know, LOL” project, is the same that is applied to the “iambusydoingresearch.tumblr.com” website. Collecting/archiving mounds of twitter feeds relating to “doing research” is quite an insane gesture, but could result in interesting results. I suppose, this is another project which I find hard to declare as “art” simply because all that is occurring is the gathering of posts that are spontaneously written, and the artist has no say in the findings. If such people who create these sites want to be considered something, perhaps the title of “programmers” would fit, or once again, “hackers”.
While it seems that a lot of this work is witty, the idea of control still doesn’t play in. I always thought art-making was a discipline, which doesn’t randomize, and surprise you after it is completed. It would be hard to even consider these acts online as “works of art”. Of course, this is all my personal opinion, but there isn’t another position I can stand by at this point.
It seems like these tumblr/twitter Artware ideas begin with someone saying “wouldn’t it be cool if…(FILL IN THE BLANK)” And then, they just execute that idea. It’s all very snappy in judgement, and I think when wittiness invades the art-making realm, it’s hard to take anything seriously.
Well.. Knowing Jon, this article is quite one-sided, and for simple reason: it is his taste in art-making. It seems declaring something as art is becoming simpler and simpler this day-and-age, but what was something, like say– a “glitch”– Something I grew up acknowledging and never considered it as “art”; widespread declaration is recognized, and somehow, the glitch turns into an artists’ cult movement. The points Jon presents are plausible for a specific audience, but in other contexts, it may seem insulting or a little humorous.