four dozen artists,writers,
and musicians posted online personal ads, confronting the
commercialization of personal relationships, exploring the idea
of online identities...
ARTISTS GET PERSONAL ONLINE
A new art project has invaded the lively
"personals" section of Nerve,
highbrow online sex site that posts poetry,
prose and photography (by the
likes of Janine Godon, Beth B, Nobuyoshi
Araki and Richard Kern, to name
only a few). Organized by artists Giovanni
Garcia-Fenech (former Artnet
Magazine art-news correspondent) and
Hughes, the project involves more
than 40 artists posting their own personals
on the online bulletin board at
Nerve.com. Titled "Are Friends Electric,"
the scheme has the intent of
"confronting the commercialization
of personal relationships, exploring
idea of online identities and maybe trying
to pick someone up." One
participant looks suspiciously like a
sock puppet and describes him- or
herself as "bigfoot's sex slave";
another answers the survey questions
haiku, as in "A web art project
/ Using online personals / Making a point?
Feh." Participants can be found
by searching for "afe_". from
keep on removing my profile saying it is not me in the picture.
For a while I did use the sock monkey outfit but they didn't like
that either, so i went back to the original.
about the Are 'Friends' Electric?
need to register to view them (it is free) most are probably gone