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078.Dida Papalexandrou

Dida Papalexandrou

came after some scientific studies to netart.

detailed biography

WORK
netart by Dida Papalexandrou (Greece)

title
Artplanktos, the travelling net -art
year of production
2003-2007
used technology (software etc)
html and php language
required plug-ins
flash

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short work description
ARTPLANKTOS, THE TRAVELING NET-ART
“As you set out for Ithaca
hope your journey is long,
full of adventure, full of discovery…”
K.Kavafis

Artplanktos project was inspired by Sherry Levine’s statement that “a painting’s meaning lies not in its origin but in its destination”. This idea was first stated by Roland Barthes at his book “The Death of the Author” (1968). By rewriting Roland Barthes’ initial statement, Sherry Levine, (published in Style 1982 and also in Harrison et al. 1992) opened the way to broader interpretations. Interpretations that led me to explore the artwork’s possibility of establishing a new meaning, a new identity via a journey.
The word “artplanktos” comes from the word “art” and the Greek word “plankton”. The latter is derived from the ancient Greek “plagtos” which means “the wanderer,” the “one that travels around”. Thus, Artplanctos project consist of “pictures” that travel around in vivo and at the same time exists as an autonomous travelling net-art project.
Artplanktos project consists of 27 artworks created on paper including small relief dots used in Braille. The repetition of the Braille dots and the empty spaces around them produce a canvas, which helped the artist to overcome in a way primary artistic rules such as form and composition. This was achieved by drawing simple lines around the Braille dots creating repetitive motives, avoiding composition and hopefully judgments regarding primary artistic rules.
On the reverse of each artwork, written instructions in 27 languages explain the concept of the project. These languages are 1)Arabic, 2)Bosnian, 3)Chinese, 4)Dutch, 5)English, 6)Estonian, 7)Finnish, 8)French, 9)German, 10)Greek, 11)Hebrew, 12)Hindi, 13)Italian, 14)Japanese, 15)Latvian, 16)Lithuanian, 17)Nepali, 18) Norwegian, 19) Polish, 20)Portages 21)Russian, 22)Serb, 23)Slovak language 24) Slovenian, 25)Spanish, 26)Tai and 27)Turkish. The instructions are: “Hi, my name is …(artworks name)……. I am a travelling artwork. I am neither lost nor forgotten. I am just a traveler. Take me with you and keep me for as long as you like. Then leave me some place out there, to continue my journey. I am asking for a favor: if you have internet access, inform my friends of my journey in the following web page www.artplanktos.com. Thank you”. The questions that the founder responds to, form the artwork’s CV.
Every little trip reforms the artwork’s journey. Every artwork’s CV is enriched with the journey’s information. This information restates the artwork and transforms it from the “it” to “he” or “she” state; thus establishing a new identity. Finally, the artwork emerges as a unique, independent and self-managed unity which is defined by human designated characteristics as is a Curriculum Vitae.

netart by Dida Papalexandrou (Greece)