Zen for Internet


Zen for Internet,


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.