Making art online because they are interested in the technicality’s of the internet and computers.
- “Jodi are thus stubbornly out of step with the dominant rhythms of contemporary art. Less obsessed with the cultural or social effects of new media, Jodi orient themselves toward the specificities of hardware and software. The resulting aesthetic is, in this way, not entirely specified by the artists’ subjective impulses. Instead, the texture of code and computation takes over, and computing itself—its strange logic, its grammar and structure, and often its shape and color—produces the aesthetic.”
- “In the end, I suspect that Jodi are more interested in the web than Unicode, more interested in the structure of infinity than the classification of universality. The glyphs are adjunct here, a needed ingredient perhaps, but only necessary to facilitate animation and pattern. The true subject of the work is infrastructure—the cables and lines, the standards and protocols, all the industrial transfer technologies that reside in the space beyond the screen.”
- “Where does the work reside? Two places. First, Jodi seem interested in isolating certain parts of the screen, even certain parts of the browser. The browser’s address bar, for instance, is treated here as a kind of miniature canvas for slow-motion animation. Like the structural films of Tony Conrad, Jodi create each animation frame by frame from discontinuous elements. A glyph becomes a single frame in a slow-motion film. When the glyphs combine in series, they give the illusion of movement. Like a form of primitive cinema, entire animations appear solely inside the address bar.
- But the work resides in a second place as well. The projects in IDN are assembled not so much from discrete web pages as from the negative space existing between such pages. Jodi are interested in HTML, to be sure, but here they also display a penchant for the very standards and protocols of the web itself—how pages are assigned addresses and how servers transfer pages to clients. The “infrastructure” in this infrastructure poetry is thus the agglomeration of server software (Apache), addressing technologies (IDN and DNS), transfer protocols (HTTP), and finally, web browsers and the HTML they are designed to display.”