Set: Digital pioneer Jonathan Harris

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    The internet art pioneer Jonathan Harris is compiling this year’s Top 10. This is the first time that we are bestowing this honor on a new media maker. During the festival, there is an exhibition of Harris’s digital projects. We are placing five of these in the spotlight—they’re about hunting whales, telling stories, porn, human feelings and the internet itself.

    Jonathan Harris (b. 1979) is one of the most important artists and artistic pioneers of the digital age. Though this American’s work is still pretty unknown to larger audiences, it is celebrated in digital art circles. It is conceptual, but also particularly human and accessible. Harris goes back and forth between classic media such as photography, painting and performance art and design, and the internet.

    Over the past decade, he has made various important works that have now become classics. Common themes are the tense relationship between nature and technology, between order and chaos, and an obsessive search for beauty, structure and meaning in human behavior. His works have been on display at the Pompidou Center in Paris, at Sundance New Frontier in Utah and at the MoMa in New York.

    This year, Harris is the main guest at IDFA, and it’s the first time that we’ve asked a visual artist to compile a Top 10 of his favorite works. This isn’t his first time at IDFA though: in 2013, Harris won the IDFA DocLab for Digital Storytelling with I Love Your Work and organized a culinary media exhibition about the speed of the internet and sensory experiences.

    IDFA 2017 is premiering the very first general exhibition of Harris’s work, which you can see and experience in a specially designed space. This exhibition includes the five aforementioned web-based works, which are also online here, and a taste of his most recent work Rituals (work in progress). 

    Items in this selection

    Network Effect

    • Jonathan Harris, Greg Hochmuth
    • 2015

      An interactive collage of an endless stream of videos, messages and other visual noise, reflecting the frenetic restlessness that characterizes the internet.

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      • Jonathan Harris
      • 2011

        An online platform where users can share their life stories in pictures, text and audio.

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        I Love Your Work

        • Jonathan Harris
        • 2013

          In this web documentary, nine women working in the lesbian porn industry reveal both their bodies and their innermost thoughts. Or do they?

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          We Feel Fine

          • Jonathan Harris, Sep Kamvar
          • 2006

            A database of several million human feelings, reflecting what’s on our blogs, what’s in our hearts, what’s on our minds.

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