World values, monetary values, artistic values– there’s so much that we can talk about when it comes to value. But what is most relevant for us to think about right now--after a year of staying at home and conducting our work and social life via only computers and phones--is the value (and constraints) that the Internet has to offer.

For the second issue of TNL, with an over-ambitiously title, we catch a glimpse of the prism that is the Internet through our 1ON1 interview and DSPTCH essay. How does it feel to exist without instantaneous telecommunications? What is art making like when working with free and restricted Internet? How does the free Internet (that we allegedly have here in the US) further the dilemma of access vs. control over images in the age of digital reproduction?

In 1ON1, we take you on a study trip to Cuba and lead you through conversations with a local artist duo F.M.7. In the DSPTCH essay, we discuss the ways in which the pandemic has propelled art institutions to move online and to exert additional control over their images, for better or for worse. We are also proud to present this issue in an experimental format: the interview is bilingual (English and Spanish) and takes the shape of an interactive game, in which you have freedom over where you want the conversations to go. The game is fun, the essay promises to be an easy read.

Oh, and do not forget that there’s an ongoing weekly blog tnl: the next level that ranges from diligent reviews (sort of) to a collection of peculiar things (seriously). Living in the time of information overload, we make sure that we offer everything short and concise--and of course, always served with a dash of fresh perspective.  

Image in carousel provided by F.M.7

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Much like a regular slot machine, the Internet Art Slot Machine has three slots, 1) a silent video clip; 2) a sound clip; and 3) a short paragraph of text.

By clicking on “Shuffle!” you randomize the combination of a silent moving image, a sound clip, and a text, and you will view the final combination as one whole piece.

The final result is an amalgamation of audiovisual information we get from Internet browsing.


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