Zen for Internet

Com&Com

Zen for Internet,

2014

Boredom, materiality, nothingness, silence, time, trace

Zen for Internet was conceived by Swiss artists Marcus Gossolt and Johannes M. Hedinger, who form the collective Com&Com. Using the iconography of the internet and computer, the work features an endlessly rotating “loading wheel” on a white background. Typically, the “loading wheel” is a temporary, in-between state before the fully loaded image appears. Zen for Internet, however, indefinitely freezes the in-between-ness; the final image never arrives. The artists conceived of this work existing in a variety of media: as a website, www.zen-net.org, a thirty-minute video, a painting, or as various types of merchandise including prints and t-shirts. In addition to appropriating the themes of time and boredom from Paik’s Zen for Film, Zen for Internet  can “authentically” exist in a variety of media rather than as a single instantiation, alluding to the multiple existences of Zen for Film.

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