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.
The Random Darknet Shopper is an automated online shopping bot which we provide with a budget of $100 in Bitcoins per week. Once a week the bot goes on shopping spree in the deep web where it randomly choses and purchases one item and has it mailed to us. The items are shown in the exhibition «The Darknet. From Memes to Onionland» at Kunst Halle St. Gallen. Each new object ads to a landscape of traded goods from the Darknet. … The Random Darknet Shopper 自由黑暗网络买手