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Carrie Gates is digital artist and VJ (video jockey) based in Saskatoon, Canada. She has been creating live video magic since the early 2000s. In her own words, she makes “sound-reactive 3D processing and unusual rhythmic juxtapositions to create throbbing, psychedelic, responsive compositions that add a new dimension of interaction and intrigue to any environment.” Gate’s wildly exciting visual performances are formed from eclectic video assets she creates using a variety of techniques. The... [more]
William Wolfgang Wunderbar is an internet art enigma. No one knows this artist’s gender, nationality or even if they are one person or multiple people working under the same name. What is known is that they could well be the most prolific artist on the internet. Wunderbar produces a constant stream of work, uploading it everyday, sometimes multiple times a day. When the work is seen as a whole it begins to feel like they are trying to distill the entirety of the internet and social media into a... [more]
Luka Rayski is a Polish artist, illustrator, and designer. In 2016 he was asked to contribute a piece of work on the subject of democracy to a project called Demokracja Ilustrowana (Democracy Illustrated). The poster he designed has rapidly become the ubiquitous symbol of the resistance against the expanding influence of the far right in Polish politics. Rayski’s design brilliantly deconstructs the word  (constitution) highlighting, in the colors of the Polish flag, the words for “you” and “me”... [more]
Seattle-based new media artist and designer Jessica Dolence creates hypnotic digital decorations and ornamentations that transform and subvert both physical and digital spaces. Her works’ rich, cyber-baroque opulence functions as a radiant facade for a deeper political message of CyberFeminism. Part of Dolence’s creative motivation is to add an “overtly feminized” aesthetic to the “male dominated landscape” of the internet. Two of the biggest inspirations in developing the style and message... [more]
Milan-based artist Monia Ben Hamouda may not seem like a “web artist” in the traditional sense because her work isn’t primarily about or made to be specifically displayed online. But it’s also true that what constitutes a net, web, or new media artist today is increasingly hard to define. Ben Hamouda’s work has an almost intangible quality that evokes similar feelings to art more traditionally deemed “internet art.” While much of her work could be considered sculptural in the strict,... [more]
Milos Rajkovic aka Sholim is a Belgrade-based gif artist and “digital surrealist” who creates wonderfully mind-bending visual puzzles. Behind Rajkovic’s visual wit is a subversive sense of humor that he puts to work tackling diverse socio-political topics like corporate culture, religion, and our dependence on technology. His meticulously constructed tableaux are often created from manipulated vintage found footage giving them an uncanny quality that defies time and space. Welcome to the... [more]
Originally from Greece and based in London, Eva Papamargariti reflects and analyzes the rapidly transforming relationships between “material and immaterial” matter in our new digital world. Papamargariti’s work contains complex visual (and often audio) collages in which impossible organic forms constantly evolve, mutate, and entwine. No matter how utterly alien her work can seem, it retains consistent feelings of a deep human familiarity—which only adds to its uncanny sensibilities. Lurking... [more]
Neon Saltwater (a.k.a. Abby Dougherty) is a Seattle-based new media artist whose specializes in creating digital interiors that exist somewhere between the pastel, neon glow of the 1980s and a perfect, fantasy future. Dougherty designed real interiors before she began experimenting with her hyper-stylized digital spaces. In 2015 she coined a word to describe them: . The R o o m w a v e concept has garnered a passionate online following through various social media sites with members... [more]
Arthur Machado is a Brazilian new media artist who is better known pseudonymously as and አርተር ጥቁ. Machado’s earliest experiments with digital art were through glitch art and that hyperactive influence can still be seen throughout his work. Machado’s digital collages of found materials deftly walk the line between lush beauty and informational anarchy. In a way, these artworks are like paintings, with programs standing in for brushes and the internet itself as the paint. Absorbing varied... [more]
Spamm is an ambitious annual exhibition that gathers together a dizzying array of video work by net artists. Spamm was formed in France in 2011 by Michaël Borras a.k.a SYSTAIME, who invited Ellectra Radikal to start co-curating in 2013.  The show freely unites undiscovered new talent with some of the most highly regarded artists now working in new media. This year’s edition, ϟℙ∀ℳℳ▁ℙϴШ€ℜ, features 142 artists and functions as a fascinating overview of the wild world contemporary net... [more]
Shawné Michaelain Holloway is a new media artist currently based in Chicago. Her deeply personal work, which often casts its unflinching lens onto the artist herself, boldly addresses the intersections of race, feminism, and sexuality in the internet age. She sees simply logging onto the internet as a political gesture that can be imbued with intentionality. Holloway asks important questions about our immersion and participation in a digital world that we all take for granted, but don’t... [more]
Tea Strazicic is a Croatian new media artist currently based in Los Angeles. Much of her work is heavily influenced by Japanese popular culture but distorted through a tripped-out lens of western internet art youth culture. The cuteness of the Kawaii influences is generally offset by a subversive tension that is further explored in her more sculptural digital creations. Strazicic’s feverish visions collide slick digital surfaces with alien cyber organics and contemporary emoji culture. Her... [more]
Sofía Córdova is a Puerto Rican multi-media artist and musician currently based in Oakland, California. Her work collides the sacred, mystical, and ancient with the disposable obsessions of our consumer age. These juxtapositions are not arbitrary, though; Córdova draws distinct lines between the ultra-traditional and the hyper-modern to tell a deeply engaging story mediated through the lens of a Puerto Rican artist living in the United States. Córdova frequently reflects on her Caribbean... [more]
Emilie Gervais is a Canadian artist living in France. Her early recognition of the profound, universal impact of the internet on all our lives has made her a vital voice in new wave of new media art. Gervais reveals the true soul of the internet in her hyper-saturated explosion of glitching colors, vintage computer graphics, and disposable internet ephemera. The spectacle of her sensory overload does not diminish the deeply intelligent heart beating at the center of all her work. The... [more]
Vancouver-based Nicolas Sassoon was one of the first artists from the new wave of digital artists whose work I enthusiastically embraced. We clearly shared a love of vintage computer graphics, but his mesmerizing GIFs truly transcended any predictable “retro” nostalgia. In the years since then Sassoon has expanded and refined his aesthetic and subject matter without compromising his original vision. His art might evoke a specific moment in the history of digital art but it is not defined by... [more]
Martina Menegon is an Italian new media artist and educator currently based in Vienna, Austria. Her art explores “the instability and ephemerality of the human body as well as the alienation from physicality in today’s digital age, questioning the gap between real and virtual, flesh and data.” Menegon’s expression of these ideas range from uncanny scenes of endless, undulating fleshy figures to far more personal depictions of her own digitally distorted physical form. Her work reveals the... [more]
Yoshi Sodeoka is a Japanese artist who moved to New York to attend Pratt Institute in the late 80s and has made it his home ever since. The work he started there, using the first wave of accessible digital tools, could be seen as a direct precursor to what became the modern new media art movement. He was a very early proponent of using the internet as a blank canvas for a new kind of creativity, exploring those possibilities with his groundbreaking work at Word.com, one of the first web... [more]
Miyö Van Stenis is a Venezuelan new media artist currently based in France. Her work explores of the ubiquity and influence of technology, often seen through a strong socio-political lens. An interest in political themes, frequently related to her home country, gives her work an uncommon and vital weight in the world of new media art. In turn, by presenting these themes through digital and web-based interfaces her work has a unique relatability that other mediums might struggle to... [more]
Although Rollin Leonard is widely associated with the new media art scene, his work rarely conforms to the techniques, forms, and aesthetics that most people connect ascribe the genre. Leonard’s work presents a unique deconstruction of portrait photography. He often manipulates and abstracts his subjects beyond recognition, using traditional methods to create effects many would assume were digital manipulations. His clean, clinical presentation gives Leonard’s work both a medical familiarity... [more]
Olga Mikh Fedorova is a Belgium-based multimedia artist who is currently focusing on digital 3D—that is, three-dimensional digital art—as her primary medium. Despite only recently starting to work in this way, she has quickly become one of the talents to watch in digital art. Fedorova’s work explores contemporary obsessions with clinical modernism and sterile technology, which she uneasily couples with a unique blend of untamed nature and raw sexuality. Her strange tableaux feels like single... [more]
Julia Greenway is part of a slowly growing global movement of people dedicating physical galleries to new media art. Shows featuring new media are now fairly commonplace but gallerists deciding to focus on it exclusively are still relatively rare. Greenway’s Seattle gallery Interstitial stands as the sole permanent beacon of new media in a city that has been surprisingly slow to embrace that discipline, despite its status as a corporate tech epicenter. Greenway has made good progress in... [more]
Orlando-based Elizabeth Mputu is part of a rising wave of new media artists using digital platforms to express powerful political and social ideas through their work. Her art deals thoughtfully and forcefully with issues of feminism, gender, sexuality, inequality, and race, all projected through the lens of someone who has grown up saturated in all aspects of digital culture. Mputu’s work combines abstract conceptualism, experimental video, performance, poetry, found digital ephemera, selfies,... [more]
Istanbul-based Haydi Roket is part of a rising wave of new media artists turning their hands to the curation of online digital art shows. He launched his latest show earlier this week. Virtual Dream features 30 artists (full disclosure: I am one of them) exploring the tensions and inconsistencies between our real and our increasingly dominant digital lives. Most online experiences consist of a seemingly random sequence of abstract images and ideas, much like our “real” dreams. The show, seen... [more]
‪Xaviera López is a Chilean animator who was an early adopter of the short video app Vine. Alongside a few likeminded souls she helped reveal the creative potential of the deceptively limited platform. The challenge of packing ideas, depth, and emotion into a maximum of six seconds has lead to a new visual language that has spread across all motion-based mediums. López creates hallucinatory, visual poems that expertly utilize traditional drawing and animation techniques in a uniquely modern... [more]
Seattle-based artist Dylan Neuwirth has carved a distinct path in the world of digital art. Of course he’s not the only artist to represent his thoughts on the digital age through non-digital, physical objects. But he’s made his unique mark using the archaic element of neon to meditate on the complexities of our world. Neuwirth’s work combines instant gratification with esoteric exploration. A thread of thoughtful, electronic paganism runs through much of his creations, but he is careful to... [more]
The GIF artist Scorpion Dagger (aka James Kerr) presents an alternative version of the Renaissance that cleverly satirizes both that time and our modern world. The transgressive aesthetic and comedic narratives of his work defy all traditional expectations of the medium. His art is joyful and inclusive and has achieved a huge following through his chosen platform, Tumblr. While digital art continues to blur the line between high art and popular culture, unnecessary, invisible limits are still... [more]
Portland-based Michael Green blends conceptualism, surrealism, and capitalism to create work that asks questions unique to our new digital world. His satirical GIF based on Jeff Koon’s achieved global internet fame in 2014 when he put it on eBay in an attempt to make it the most expensive GIF ever sold. The original Koons sculpture had recently sold for $58 million so Green’s reaction became a perfectly timed comment on the value—both monetary and intellectual—of digital art more generally.... [more]
Budapest-based davidope (aka David Szakaly) is one of the best known GIF artists on the planet. The Tumblr page he started in 2008 became an inspiration for a generation of net artists that followed him. The extent of his sweeping popularity is best illustrated when you type “GIF,” or “animated GIF,” into Google images and his work appears at the top of the page. While many might not recognize his name, they are likely familiar with his distinctive aesthetic. His most familiar pieces quickly... [more]
Montreal-based video artist Sabrina Ratté makes stunning electronic environments that recall (or predict) an era where society has perfected a clinical, aesthetic beauty at the cost of fleshy emotion. That is not to say her work doesn’t inspire feelings. It affects you on a primal level because these places feel like they exist deep within our collective, aspirational unconsciousness. There is a calm spirituality and reassuring familiarity here that, ironically, often only serves to exaggerate... [more]
The artist LaTurbo Avedon may be a computer-created avatar but she is very much alive. Her identity has been created through very real experiences and interactions over numerous websites, social platforms, and gaming consoles. The notion that there is a “real” person behind the avatar becomes increasingly meaningless as the division between all of our online and IRL identities blur and dissipate. LaTurbo Avedon’s work partly explores her personal existence as a physical/digital entity, but... [more]