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Some of My Favourite Web Sites Are Art

Date: 8.6.98

Some of My Favourite Web Sites Art

Daniel Garcia Andujar

The name “web collider” describes web art that remixes material found on the net into a new, ready-made artwork. Illegal Interference takes email from newsgroups and secret hacker communities and mixes them together into a new, “illegal” interference pattern.

Like a packet sniffer, the device for eavesdropping on web correspondence without being detected, Illegal Interference intercepts email between hackers as they ask for stolen serial numbers or cracked software. By poking his nose into the back alleys of the web, artist Daniel Garcia Andujar offers a bird's eye view of information as it is exchanged, misdirected, lost and stolen.

In another project entitled “,” Andujar states boldly that “Access To Technology is a Human Right!” Forever self-reflexive, much of Andujar's art focuses on how easily commercial forces might exploit such a claim.

For Andujar the corporate ownership of words and phrases–trademarks like UPS's “Moving At The Speed Of Business,” or Lucent's “We Make The Things That Make Communications ”–reminds us that language, like technology, is not free. Playing with the commercialization of information, Andujar asks: Who controls information and technology?
In Illegal Interference we see the other side, where one must ask: How safe is our over information?

An artist who uses irony and presentation strategies that employ new communication technologies to question the democratic and equalitarian promises of these media and criticise the desire for control lying behind their apparent transparency. Based on the confirmation that new information and communication technologies are transforming our everyday life, Daniel G. Andújar created a fiction (Technologies To The People, 1996) designed to make us increase our awareness of the reality around us and of the deception in promises of free choice that are converted, irremissibly, into new forms of control and inequality. A long-time member of i rational.org (international reference point for art on the web) and founder of Technologies To The People , he is the creator of numerous projects on the Internet such as art-net-dortmund, e-barcelona.org, e-valencia.org, e-seoul.org, e-wac.org, e-sevilla.org, Materiales de artista, etc. He has directed numerous workshops for artists and social collectives in different countries.

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