David Wightman

Internet Art tour 2013

Jacob Ciocci and David Wightman (Extreme Animals) will curate, produce, and participate in the first Internet Art TOUR - an actual 1-week tour through the United States scheduled for August 2013, with five other internet artists.

The idea behind the tour stems from our interest in extremely active internet identities-people who harness the power of The Net to create a powerful personal self-image/brand. We are not inviting people who use the Web just to promote their other activities (art, music, bands, or fashion) but instead we are inviting people who use the Web synonymously with their daily life in interesting ways - the Super Users.

Rather than clubs, the "shows" will happen in unconventional venues and spaces - suburban high school kid's basements, pool parties, parking lots. We are interested in trying to create a physical-world performance space that is closer to the experience of Tumblr than to the experience of the Club, that embraces rather than erases all of the awkwardness, banality, and domesticity of the Tumblr or web 2.0 cam-performance. No stages, no hyper-loud sound systems, no fancy light rigs. Instead these shows will be intimate, quiet, and raw in the best way possible (like the best cam-vids).

We believe that this shift in venue actually increases the potential for transformative, radical socializing to occur-the same kind of futuristic socializing that happens every day on Tumblr. The idea is that the freedom of internet "space" is emulated IRL. When you take performance outside of the Club and into non-conventional spaces, expectations are erased, creating potential for what Hakim Bey calls the Temporary Autonomous Zone.This isn't about these artists playing for the most people in the best venues but rather about these Super Users connecting with their followers and "likers" in the physical world, in an intimate and new setting. Breaking down the 5th wall, the laptop.