JstChillin, 2009-2011



(exhibition 3)

March 17- March 30, 2011

What Have We Done from Nicholas O'Brien on Vimeo.


"The Web as I envisioned it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past."
Tim Berners-Lee

On March 17th, 2011, 319 Scholes in Brooklyn, New York will present the final project from JstChillin.org. Thirty-five artists will participate in the show, all of whom have been featured on JstChillin.org, and most of whom will be in person on opening night. Read/Write attempts to capture and translate the spirit of a year and a half long online exhibition dating October 2009 - February 2011. The exhibition will run from March 17th - March 30, 2011.

"This technology was meant to expand human communication, but you're not even human any more! What you've become terrifies me. You're a freak!"
Dr. Angelo in The Lawnmower Man (1992)

Participating artists include Brad Troemel and Lauren Christiansen, Nick De Marco, Math Wrath, Hanna Terese Nilsson and Rasmus Svensson, Ryan Barone, Ben Schumacher, Zach Shipko, Artie Vierkant, Martin Kohout, Anne de Vries, Ivan Gaytan, Eilis McDonald, Tabor Robak, Bailey Salisbury, Simmons & Burke, Mitch Trale, Eugene Kotlyarenko,  Jonathan Vingiano, Jon Rafman, Jacob Broms Engblom and Ryder Ripps, Guthrie Lonergan, Ida Lehtonen, Ben Vickers, Duncan Malashock, Tolga Taluy, Melissa Sachs and Cameron Soren, Daniel Leyva, Chris Coy and Rafael Rozendaal.  

A live feed of the space will be available for live streaming during opening night.

For documentation of READ/WRITE please click HERE.

"READ/WRITE" double sided poster designed by Hanna Terese Nilsson & Rasmus Svensson

includes text by Ceci Moss, Brian Droitcour, and Gene McHugh


Avatar 4D

(exhibition 2)

April 17, 2010


NOMA Gallery is pleased to present Avatar 4D, a performance event curated by JstChillin and the first event in the n o m a i n b e t w e e n series. In the words of the JstChillin creators (Caitlin Denny and Parker Ito): "Avatar 4D brings a night of embodied logarithms and viral glancing. We have asked seventeen artists whose work is concerned with the internet to perform in the space all at the same time. Through curatorial synesthesia, the performances will be set up as chaotically choreographed circumstances that exist in a reality of virtual proportions, modifying their skins in a post human culture of "I".

The nostalgic net romanticism of the nineteen nineties is a crisis passed - promises of a future society of cyborgs have swelled and vanished. Utopian metamorphosis through the digital screen is best left for Cameron's Avatar 3D. A fold in our digital condition has occurred, not unlike the fold of the human body, a naïve comfort in the inner workings of a complex machine. Dependence on the functions and malfunctions of the computer leave us at once at the whim of an unknown force and completely in control of our tactile environment. Embodiment no longer coincides with the limits of flesh; disembodiment initially experienced on the internet opens the possibility for collective re-embodiment through new technologies.

Artists in Avatar 4D are reality hackers, experimenting with the theoretical apparatus of struggle. The tensions that arise in finding one's body without organs, is between the ever changing modes of the net as much as the change in the self. The narcissistic focus found in many of the artists' works act as an instrument of distancing. Petra Cortright's work with high end webcams featuring herself and released on the internet speak to the idea that a gesture performed through the internet does not create an image of oneself, but an event of oneself. Ben Vickers (London) traces through his persons, his multiples, in a piece in which he recites the web address, username and password for every account and avatar he has ever represented. He forfeits all control to an unnamed audience who now have the ability to become him, to change him, to colonize his experience. The digital action signifies a movement, pulling the body beyond it's limits into a networked world of gestural relentlessness. These actions and the Avatar 4D event are models of new movement.

In addition to the live event held at NOMA Gallery, a simultaneous event of the same name will occur at Reference Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. The abstraction and compression of each work created for Avatar 4D will come to life at Reference Gallery, acting as not a simulation but a counterpart to the San Francisco show." Participating artists include Ann Hirsch, Ben Vickers, Brad Troemel & Lauren Christiansen, Bryan Morello, Chris Coy, Duncan Malashock, Elna Frederick, Guthrie Lonergan, Iain Ball, Jon Rafman, Justin Kemp, Michelle Ceja, Mitch Trale, Petra Cortright, Ryder Ripps, Zach Shipko. Prints and publications available by PWR Paper, Brenna Murphy, Ida Lehtonen and Lindsay Lawson & Stewart Uoo.

documentation here

Serial Chillers in Paradise

(exhibition 1)

October, 2009 - Febuary, 2011


October 3rd - October 16th/// JstChillin & Cody Blanchard essay
October 17th - October 30th/// Mitch Trale essay (click on the chillpill!)
November 14th - November 27th/// Jonathan Vingiano essay
November 28th - December 18th/// Jon Rafman essay (download catalog)
December 19th - January 1st/// Ryder Ripps and Jacob Broms Englom
January 2nd - January 15th/// Gareth Spor essay
January 16th - January 29th/// Guthrie Lonergan
January 30th - February 12th/// Michael Guidetti
February 13th - February 26th///Cody Blanchard
February 27th - March 12th/// Ida Lehtonen
March 13th - March 26th/// Ben Vickers
March 27th - April 9th/// Nick DeMarco
April 10th - April 23rd/// Michelle Ceja
May 8th - May 21st/// Duncan Malashock [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
May 22nd - June 4th/// Ivan Gaytan
June 5th - June 18th/// Eilis Mcdonald
June 19th - July 2nd/// Martin Kohout
July 3rd - July 16th/// Ryan Barone
July 17th - July 30th/// Tolga Taluy
July 31st - August 23rd/// Daniel Leyva
August 24th - September 8th/// Hanna Terese Nilsson
September 9th - September 20th/// Bailey Salisbury
September 21st- October 4th/// Eugene Kotlyarenko
October 5th - October 18th/// Case Simmons and Andrew Burke
October 19th - November 1st///The Jogging
November 2nd - November 15th/// Melissa Sachs and Cameron Soren
November 16th - November 29th/// Chris Coy
November 30th - December 13th/// Ben Schumacher
December 14th - December 27th/// Artie Vierkant
December 14th - December 27th/// unauthorized hack by MathWrath
December 28th - January 10th/// Tabor Robak
January 11th - January 24th/// Anne de Vries
January 25th - February 7th/// Rafael Rozendaal


"The Chill Zone" by Brian Droitcour

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