Sunrise/Sunset - The Whitney Museum - ONLINE
Sunrise/Sunset is a series of Internet art projects that mark sunset and sunrise in New York City every day. All are commissioned by the Whitney specifically for whitney.org, each project unfolding over a timeframe of ten to thirty seconds.
Using whitney.org as their habitat, Sunrise/Sunset projects disrupt, replace, or engage with the museum website as an information environment. This form of engagement captures the core of artistic practice on the Internet, the intervention in existing online spaces. The series is organized by Christiane Paul, adjunct curator of digital art at the Whitney Museum.
To see the current project, be anywhere on this website during sunset or sunrise.
American Artist’s Looted temporarily replaces all of the images on whitney.org with textures of plywood while the background of pages changes to black and the text on them fades. The artwork symbolically and literally boards up the Museum and its website in an act of both redaction and refusal.
Looting, defined as “steal(ing) goods from (a place), typically during a war or riot,” has again become a flashpoint for discussion. Though it is crucial not to conflate looting with protest, some did occur in the shadow of the important and necessary recent protests in U.S. cities denouncing racial injustice and police brutality. While the property damage and theft were almost universally denounced, these acts of vandalism were also viewed by some as expressions.
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