2003 in review
In 2003, ArtThrob profiled a number of online projects that variously captured the mood of a tumultuous year.
"War, or rather the imminent realisation thereof," prompted ArtThrob to profile Indymedia's A Threat to Peace, in February. As President Bush stumbled and mumbled his way through the Iraqi crisis, we took delight in pointing readers to Bomb Bush. The object of the game is to help a peace dove land a white one on George Bush Jnr. while at the same time evading missiles being shot by US defence minister Donald Rumsfield. San Francisco's Future Farmers collective Anti-War Game further demonstrated how digital artists are getting audiences to engage with contemporary polemics.
Nathaniel Stern was the only locally-based artist (yes we know he is actually a New Yorker) who seemed to be probing the boundaries of digital practice, although we did highlight Mara Vern's Sarah Baartman project, which is web art project that reveals different aspects Sarah Baartman's story, using seven voices/speakers, archival documents and links.
Looking elsewhere, we were charmed by some rather peculiar projects, including: Korean artist Young-hae Chang, aka YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES
beguilingly simple web-based art pieces that combine Flash text pieces with jazz soundtracks; Mumbleboy, aka New York-based web animator and illustrator Kinya Hanada, whose surreal animation sequences provided the perfect introduction to the scurrilous Flash animations of Naoki Mitsuse, best viewed at WIRED/animation and http://goultralightsgo.com.
Other projects that tickled our collective fancy included: The Art of Being in Danger; Aesthetic Hazard and Nobody Here.
News: As of January 2004, a dedicated new media editor will handle this section.
Paris-born Reynald Drouhin works with digital material (net and video). As curator Pierre Bongiovanni has observed, his works are "patient, discreet, enduring and clever". To top this they are also cheerful and light. His plunder/ collage style is best highlighted in Des Fleurs, a project which uses data culled from about 400 sounds, words and images. His latest project, Incidence, is less easy to engage but nonetheless worth exploring. The project uses an image search engine, available resources on the internet and your requests to create some unexpected encounters.
Drouhin has shown his work at ISEA 2000, in Paris; at the International festival of multimedia urban arts in Belfort; at the 2000 Montreal Biennial; and an international demonstration of video and electronic art organized by Champ Libre, in 1999. He lives and works in Paris and Rennes.