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Benetton / Fabrica : ThreatMeter

I was involved in the early stages of a collaborative web prank for art's sake, created at the Interactive Media Department of Fabrica / Benetton during after-hours. This site shows an embarrassingly ignorant company selling fake products to help American citizens participate in the nation's new color-coded threat alert system. The T-Shirts, however, are actually for sale.

Jonathan Harris, Joel Gethin Lewis, Josh Nimoy, possibly others

What is Victoria's Secret?

A contagious media experiment was done between four brainstorming artistic individuals in New York City. The goal was two fold: to create an artistic expression about female identity, and to create a meme that would spread throughout the virtual and physical landscapes - pre-calculated to be something people would want to send their friends. The site www.victoriassecret.com was reproduced verbatim using custom photography of female models (ourselves) wearing Victoria's Secret lingerie, vomiting all over the place. The hit statistics were off the charts. If you google "Victoria's Secret," our site comes up as #2. The results? Several interviews in different countries, one U.S. broadcast television spot, one INCREDIBLY overloaded webserver, one angry corporate lawyer, and one wonderful synergy between four artists at ITP just doing what ITPers do best: playing.

Alicia L Cervini Katherine Copeland (primary contact) Josh Nimoy Ann Poochareon

a photo taken at the ITP Spring 2003 Show, beside a   television displaying the news broadcast and a kiosk showing the website. From left to right: Ann, Kat, Josh.

a photo taken at the ITP Spring 2003 Show, beside a television displaying the news broadcast and a kiosk showing the website. From left to right: Ann, Kat, Josh.

The photoshoot took place on Feb 27 at the Algonquin Hotel   at 59 West 44th Street, a block from Time Square. Below, Ann gets comfortable in her robe while Alicia enjoys a theoretical discussion on   contagious media.

The photoshoot took place on Feb 27 at the Algonquin Hotel at 59 West 44th Street, a block from Time Square. Below, Ann gets comfortable in her robe while Alicia enjoys a theoretical discussion on contagious media.

Josh tests the posing chair in the corner of the room.   Measuring tape is wrapped around his neck.

Josh tests the posing chair in the corner of the room. Measuring tape is wrapped around his neck.

Kat practices her pose in front of the camera in the wash   room. Tapioca pudding smeared artfully on her face, chest, and hands. Notice the shutter trigger bulb under her foot.

Kat practices her pose in front of the camera in the wash room. Tapioca pudding smeared artfully on her face, chest, and hands. Notice the shutter trigger bulb under her foot.

large prints are being installed at an art exhibit   in Rotterdam.

large prints are being installed at an art exhibit in Rotterdam.

Interview by Laurent Jadot of CyberCafe.TV

* What group of artist are you? How many are you?

We are four artists who came together to create this project while attending graduate school in New York City. This project grew from our desire to create something that was both about female identity and female objectification as well as the goal to create that idea into something that would be contagious, something that would spread to a great number of people around the world. The group and the project drew its strength from each of our individual interests and talents combined together in order to make whatisvictoriassecret.com. While we have not yet worked on a second project together we all continue to work as artists individually as well as in other collaborations....however the idea of the next project as a group is always brewing.

* Where can we find more information about your group? Website?

Information on the website and on us as a group can be found through some searching on the Internet. There was a piece featured on the television show Celebrity Justice that dealt with the legal issues that we faced with Victoria's Secret the company. We are happy to provide any information requested.

* Is your group composed only by women?

We are three women and one man.

* Do you have other artistic projects online?

We have various projects that can be accessed online individually but at this time there is not another project online that we have worked on as a group.

* What where youre motivations in the creation of this website whatisvictoriassecret.com?

We wanted to create a piece of social commentary about the way women are represented in the media as well as the effects such representations have on women in general who are constantly subjected to images of the "ideal type". We would like to answer our own criticism with a follow up project that shows possible alternatives to the one view, one woman representation that seems common in our society. We have received a variety of responses from ander, outrage, appreciation, disgust and enthusiasm. It seems to spark powerful reactions in those that have been responding so in this sense we feel our message and the desire to spread it to vast group of people was achieved.

Cambridge Study Word Scrambler

One season, I was getting this ridiculous email forward about the readability of messed up words. After the 3rd time I received the forward, I decided to make an online application that would scramble peoples' text for them. The application caught a meme wave, and people started emailing me thinking I was the authoritative "Cambridge" researcher who originated the "study."

BallDroppings

Balldroppings was one night of idle programming that blew up unexpectedly into a web phenomenon. I learned that simplicity is elegant, and C++ is wonderful for low-latency sound+image. I also learned about addiction and glucose metabolism rate highs. Although I do not accredit myself for having originated the idea of interactive lines with bouncing balls, there exists a small following in the online gaming community that gives me such credit, particularly when accusing one another of having copied me in their recent developments. BallDroppings has also been re-implemented in other languages by random people, referencing the name "BallDroppings." All this activity is very surprising to me. It is also a clear example of the great power resulting from refraining to mark intellectual property. A lot of people mistook BallDroppings to be my graduate thesis. I don't try to correct this misunderstanding.

The n0time Saver

A PC screen saver that communicates with other screen savers via internet, slowly building a sculptural object on the screen. Working closely with the UCLA DMA chair to adapt a concept from her original n0time installation into this new delivery format, I made a screen saver, network server, and web site in efforts to make the piece into something more accessible.

Collaboration between Josh Nimoy and Victoria Vesna

Textension: Word Processor Variations

Watch on Vimeo.

Textension was a collection of 10 interactive experiments in making creative variations of word processing applications. It was my response as an artist to the way programmers always use the typewriter metaphor when they are creating a typesetting application. Textension combines the metaphor of the typewriter with that of other things in the physical world - in the below picture, it is the act of blowing soap bubbles.