Saturday, May 13 • 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Internet Directory

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Internet Directory is a single loose-leaf book of 37,743 pages, collectively listing all 115 million .COM domains in alphabetic order, phonebook style. I built Internet Directory to study the language of the Internet. The first version included only domains beginning with the word "serious." After looking through serious-awning-information.com, seriousaboutpoker.com, seriousgayguysinaustinlookingforlove.com and every other variation, the word began to lose meaning. From there, I expanded the project to look at the whole of .COM. Nearly every English word is run down in a similar way, through every iteration that has potential commercial value, no matter how remote.

According to the Atlantic, "Internet Directory is a wonderful meditation on the domain-name form—whether it’s a five-letter word or a five-word phrase, something just happens with the appending of the words dot com. ... it also speaks to that first fictional founding myth of the internet and of computation in general: that anyone could make something out of nothing, and with the payment of a fee and some backend conjuring, an idea could be made manifest just by invoking some keywords, a dot, and a subtext-loaded suffix." https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/02/domain-names-dot-horse/516438/

I did an exhaustive reading (about three hours) of Internet Directory at last year's Creative Tech Week, set up in the lobby of the arts space. I would love to present this in its ideal form; a 15 to 20 minute reading, alongside other talks or presentations. I have done readings from this project at PS1's NY Art Book Fair, the Radical Networks conference, Internodal, and galleries such as A.C. Institute.

For the video below, start 30 minutes in to see my performance. Thanks

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Daniel Temkin

Artist, Daniel Temkin
Hi. I'm here to talk about programming languages as an art medium (esolangs and related code art). I'm interested in practices that misuse code && data, including glitch and algorithmic photography.

Saturday May 13, 2017 12:00pm - 7:00pm
CTW Arts Hub at the Knockdown Center 52-19 Flushing Avenue. Maspeth, NY 11378