Jodi is >>> Joan Heemskerk (born 1968 in Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands) and Dirk Paesmans (born 1965 in Brussels, Belgium). The artist duo of internet art (netart) pioneers was created in 1994. They were some of the first net artists to create Web art and later started to create software art and artistic computer game modifications for games such as Wolfenstein 3D, Quake, Jet Set Willy, or Max Payne. Jodi’s game modification approach is deconstructing the game to its basic parts and reassembling it in ways that do not make intuitive sense.
Their most well-known art piece is their website wwwwwwwww.jodi.org, made in basic HTML. Their notorious CD-rom OSS/**** (Mediamatic, Amsterdam 1998)made some noise as after installation, it executes a takeover of the computer. Other famous works include Global Move (2003), where they used the mapping site Google Maps and Sk8monkey on Twitter (2010), where the user of the work makes status updates to the Twitter network by literally using the computer’s custom-built keyboard as a skateboard.
Their works were part of exhibitions like Netconditions at the ZKM at Karlsruhe, The Allure of the Digital at the Tate Gallery in London, and the SONAR festival in Barcelona, Transmediale in Berlin, and Deathmatch at Hangar in Barcelona. In 2000 they released their unusual way of thinking on “Page 379” on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of this medium.
They won the Webby Award for art in 1999. The event is also memorable for their public stunt. Jodi knocked a cameraman aside and threw their trophy, calling attendees “ugly commercial sons of bitches”. In 2014, they were awarded the Prix NetArt. In 2015 their installation ‘My%Desktop’ (2002) was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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