KIOSK: Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied
Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied (RU+DE)
HTML, animated GIFs, touch screen
Private collection, Brussels
Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied travelled along two extraordinarily parallel lines before they actually started working together in 2003. Olia Lialina worked in film before creating My Boyfriend Came Back From the War in 1996, perhaps the most acclaimed work of net.art. In 1995 Dragan co-founded bodenständig2000, a band making 8bit music on old atari consoles. Both share an unconditional love for bits, obsolete technologies and the aesthetics of early years of the web.
In 2003 they created Zombie & Mummy together, a net project commissioned by the DIA Center in New York. This led to a shared exploration of vernacular aesthetics, which finds in Midnight one of its best results. Described by Dragan as “a wonderful piece of web bijouterie”, Midnight uses the navigation bar of Google Maps to let us explore a universe of desktop icons, animated GIFs, arrows and buttons.
Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied (RU+DE) is part of the KIOSK-gallery, curated by Yves Bernard and Domenico Quaranta.