Can’t Make It To Art Basel? Try The Wrong (again), A Digital Art Biennale

Art Basel will open in Miami Beach on Thursday, and I’m betting you won’t be able to make it, right? Well, if you love art and want to see a massive art show, you’re in luck anyway, because digital art biennale The Wrong (again) has been live since November 1 and will be continuing through January 31.

This is The Wrong’s second year (ergo “(again)”), and they’ve invited 90 curators to exhibit over 1000 artists at over 50 pavilions, each of which are themed. New content is being added to the web site every day, and you can submit your own artwork to several of the pavilions.

If that seems incredibly overwhelming, I feel you. I think you’d have to spend the entirety of November, December, and January looking at The Wrong in order to take a really good, hard look at even half of the artwork they’re exhibiting. But that’s kind of the point – it’s a celebration of digital art and internet culture, and the internet is so huge and sprawling that it’d be likewise impossible for one person to really understand the whole thing.

That being said, here are five pavilions you might enjoy looking through (you can find a summary of each of the pavilions on The Wrong’s press page):

Crystallized Skins

Crystallized Skins is a pavilion for 3D artists. All of the 3D models exhibited are downloadable for free under a Creative Commons license, which means that if you have access to a 3D printer, you can print the sculptures out for yourself – or just enjoy them online, if you prefer. The pavilion takes its idea from sculptures that were cast for mechanical reproduction and sale to the public in the 18th and 19th century.

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ctrl alt del features some of the digital artwork that’s closest to painting and sculpture. It ranges from video to image to gif art, and all of it has to do with the artist’s relationship to technology and the internet.

Glimpsedome

If you’re not sure what to make of digital art, Glimpsedome might (or might not) help – it’s a collection of essays, texts, and manifestos about digital art. “I Am” by Andres Colmenares and Lucy Rojas is a spirited way to start your investigation into the ideas behind digital art. Bonus: If you have thoughts about digital art and the internet, you can submit a text of your own.

Huellkurven

Huellkurven is a sound poetry magazine, and its fourth issue is up in conjunction with The Wrong. You can browse through the soundscapes that artists are composing, and, like Glimpsedome, you can submit your own sound poem for the magazine’s fifth issue if you happen to be a sound artist.

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0010111000101100, in binary code, translates to a period (“.”) and a comma (“,”). The pavilion is “dedicated to gender concepts in its broadest meaning,” and is structured on M.C. Escher’s impossible architectures as a way of representing how complex gender is. One of my favorites from 0010111000101100 is plzFollow, an artwork from Chicago artists Anna Russett and Nick Briz that explores the idea of “fangirls” and provides you with a code that will automatically send tweet barrages to a Twitter handle of your choosing to request a follow.

[The Wrong (again)]

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