Igor Štromajer’s recent work combines video, much of it taken from the web, that then is distorted, altered, and overlaid. The above work, a detail (or one of four channels) of Eixellove functions as a sort of visual manifesto for these new works.
Or as the artist wrote in a recent correspondence: “Some of the videos are mine, some are “taken” from the web (xxx websites) and re-edited (Found Art vs. Made Art).
Because I (still) strongly believe that my art should not have any artistic implications, it should not produce any art. The only artistic value of my art should be the absence of art. Therefore, I do art by not doing it. My basic mission is not to do art, but love. Because the most radical artistic action an artist can do today, is the one she/he does not do. Somehow.”
The Critique of Pure Reason, 2012 (http://www.intima.org/cpr/)
Nevertheless Štromajer persists…and produces an uncanny mixture of web ‘snapshots’, coded play, and seemingly irrelevant theoretical discourse. Having been one of the first Internet artists to combine video, performance and the web, he deleted much of his previous works from his server in 2011 (see http://www.intima.org/expunction/) an interesting solution to a problem that plagues much of first generation net.art - its incompatibility with new web norms. In fact these works can still be downloaded from the artist’s website, allowing others to ‘view them privately’ or put them on their own servers…thereby leaving the act of digital art conservation to its audience.
The Last Territory - On Solitude, 2012 (http://www.intima.org/os/)
For notes on this work by the artist see: http://alternativedocumenta.tumblr.com/os