Why is Occupy The Internet now an “exhibition of leading net artists“? Launched two weeks at fffff.at, the original project was a simple call: embed a script that runs an army of animated gif protesters on your website to show your support for the Occupation movement. The post asked for animated GIF submissions that would then be “called up for duty”, and has since been installed on over 875 websites.
Now, all those submissions are being replaced with GIFs by artists curator Evan Roth deems worthy of special consideration: Aram Bartholl, Brad Downey, Constant Dullaart, Olia Lialina, Dragan Espenschied, Mark Jenkins, La Quadrature Du Net, Jonah Peretti & Chelsea Peretti, Ryder Ripps, Rafael Rozendaal, Telecomix, Charlie Todd, and UBERMORGEN.
This is beyond insulting. Perhaps some enterprising curator can go down to Wall Street and redo all the protest signs there too?
I think this sucks and I’m not the only one. As a response, AFC Editor-In-Chief Will Brand has prepared a script for those who find this show repugnant: Occupy Nothing. Drag this to your tool bar, and it will hide Occupy Internet scripts on a page. I recommend it to anyone who finds this show as offensive as we do.
UPDATE: fffff.at has changed their code so our plug-in wouldn’t work. We’ve updated our own so it will work, and will continue to do so.
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