The Website div.[property] consists of an animation in which the two standard desktop background images of the Mac Leopard and Windows XP operating systems intersect horizontally, vertically and diagonally in a constant rotation. It playfully enacts the split in the user community between these two most frequently used operating systems.
As in their famous game-modification works, these two pioneers of Internet art separate individual elements of a commercial product from their original context and reassemble them as a new Internet artwork. Usually, the deconstruction is accompanied by a shift in roles, as is the case here, where the images change from static backgrounds to leading actors in a new work.
(Text: Bettina Back)
Joan Heemskerk (*1968), Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands, and Dirk Paesmans (*1965), Brussels, Belgium, live and work in the Netherlands.
Behind the pseudonyms JODI or jodi.org, which is also a Website, hides a Dutch artistic collective consisting of Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans. Originally trained in the fields of photography and video art, the two are now viewed as pioneers of Internet art. Since the middle of the 1990s, they have been creating their technologically abstract works with and in the Internet and devoting themselves primarily to software and game art. For their game modifications, they utilize the aesthetics of errors and glitches in order to deconstruct the architecture of computer games.