Screening Circle (Launched March 22, 2006)


Andy Deck

Screening Circle, 2006

The Screening Circle is the third in a series of three works co-commissioned in collaboration with Tate Online. Critical texts and video interviews with the artists will accompany the works at

Screening Circle adapts the cultural tradition of the quilting circle into an online format. Visitors to the site can enter the drawing area to compose loops of graphics and affect and edit each other's screens. The pieces can be made by one person or by several people and the arrangement of the segments can be haphazard or precise. In the screening area, the resulting motion graphics will be on view instantaneously. The "circle" invoked in the title refers to the circle of participants, and, indirectly, to the loop of images that are produced. "Screening" refers to the pre-viewing of film in the film making process. It is a form of viewing that allows people to have some influence over the final product.

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Text: Dr. Alison Colman, A temporal block-to-block: The electronic quilting frame of Screening Circle

Andy Deck specializes in Internet art and has been at the forefront of aesthetic research into the creative possibilities of the Internet as a medium. His work addresses the politics and aesthetics of collaboration, interactivity, software, and independent media. At his website ARTCONTEXT.NET, Deck combines code, text, and image to demonstrate new patterns of participation and control that distinguish online presence and representation from previous artistic practices.

His works have been shown in numerous online exhibitions and at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona; Machida City Museum, Tokyo; PS1-MoMA, NYC; Moving Image Gallery, NYC; CUNY Graduate Center Gallery, NYC; HTTP Gallery, London; Postmaster's Gallery, NYC; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria; and the ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany.