Sunrise /Sunset Commissions
Untitled Landscape #5
by ecoarttech


A series of Internet art projects commissioned by the Whitney specifically for mark sunset and sunrise in New York City every day. Unfolding over a timeframe of ten to thirty seconds, each project accompanies a transition of the website's background color from white (day) to black (night) and vice versa. A new project will be posted every three to four months.

First in the series of commissions is "Untitled Landscape #5," a project by the collaborative ecoarttech (Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir). At sunrise and sunset, fluctuating orbs of light disrupt the "digital landscape," and the information environment of is disordered by ecoarttech's visuals, suggesting a natural phenomenon. The size and speed of the orbs will vary based on the number of visitors to since the previous sunrise (for sunset) or sunset (for sunrise); higher visitation results in larger, slower-moving orbs. ecoarttech's work has consistently explored relationships between landscape, technology, and culture, and their commissioned work for metaphorically explores the museum's information landscape as it is shaped by its visitors.

Whitney Live
Colin Gee

Colin Gee returns to the Whitney as the founding Whitney Live artist-in-residence in an unprecedented performance-based residency project scheduled to unfold over the course of the next year. Whitney Live presents works in progress and "first peek" versions of several upcoming performances live onsite and digitally on the Whitney Live Artist-in-Residence blog. This dedicated "Studio Page" will feature elements from new and ongoing work in the form of narrative, musical, and video documentation.

A new work in the Portrait and Landscape series is now available:

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artport Gate Pages
March 2001 - February 2006

Visit the archive of artport gate pages, which function as portals to net artists' works. From March 2001 to February 2006, an artist was commissioned each month to introduce their work in the form of a gate page. The gate pages contain links to the respective artist's site and most important projects.

Commissioned Projects:
Screening Circle
by Andy Deck

  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.
Co-commissioned with Tate Online
The Battle of Algiers
by Marc Lafia & Fang-Yu Lin
  The Battle of Algiers recomposes scenes from the 1965 film of the same name by Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo. The original film is a reenactment of the Algerian nationalist struggle leading to independence from France in 1962. Lafia and Lin recomposed the film along a cell-based structure, in which French Authority and the Algerian Nationalist cells are represented by stills from the film and move according to different rule sets.
Co-commissioned with Tate Online
The Dumpster
by Golan Levin with Kamal Nigam and Jonathan Feinberg
d   The Dumpster is an interactive online visualization that attempts to depict a slice through the romantic lives of American teenagers. Using real postings extracted from millions of online blogs, visitors can surf through tens of thousands of romantic relationships in which one person has "dumped" another.
Co-commissioned with Tate Online
  Follow Through (Dec. 1, 05 - Jan 29, 06)
by Jennifer Crowe and Scott Paterson
  idea   Follow Through is a mobile, audio-visual project accessible to museum visitors on portable media players in the Whitney's 5th Floor Permanent Collection galleries. The artists reference the structure of the existing audio tour and invite visitors to engage in a set of exercises that bring well-established behavioral codes of museum attendance into relief.  
  {Software} Structures
by Casey Reas (with Robert Hodgin, William Ngan, Jared Tarbell)
  idea   Inspired by Sol LeWitt's wall drawings, {Software} Structures explores the relevance of conceptual art to the idea of software as art. Reas created three unique structures -- text descriptions outlining dynamic relations between elements -- which were then implemented as 26 pieces of software.  
  idea   CODeDOC takes a reverse look at 'software art' projects by focusing on and comparing the 'back end' of the code that drives the artwork's 'front end'--the result of the code. A dozen artists coded a specific assignment in a language of their choice and were asked to exchange the code with each other for comments.  
by Martin Wattenberg
  idea   The IDEA LINE displays a timeline of net artworks, arranged in a fan of luminous threads, mapping lines of thought through time.