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JODI

Eyebeam

An innocent visit to www.jodi.org brings immediate, alarming results: A hoard of mini browser windows, each completely black except for the standard white menu bar, manically proliferate on your desktop; they’ll persist until you close your Internet browser completely. In a sense, artists Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans (collaborating as JODI since 1994) are the Dadaists of Internet art: Like those early members of the avant-garde, their work employs strategies of rupture and subversion to create an estrangement effect, jarring viewers for a moment out of their everyday lives online. Though I reassured myself I was witnessing an artwork, it could easily have been a virus ready to decimate my hard drive.

A harrowing encounter at a personal computer used to be the only way to experience JODI’s 1998 project <OSS/••••>. Now, in addition to its ongoing presence on the duo’s website, it’s also

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