Hong Kong, Paris, New York, Berlin and Tokyo--in a short space of time
seven artists scattered about the world wove a "Renga" session in which
each artist succeeds in making an individual statement.
The legendary cow is brought to life in an image of past and future,
light and darkness in the initial work by Holly Lee, the subject of which
Toshihiro Anzai takes on a vivid inner journey. In a play on words,
Pascal Schmitt's meanderings pose a riddle that sets a tiger loose in a
labyrinth to which Rieko Nakamura answers with a beautiful graphic
puzzle. Personal and national characteristics are revealed in each of
these excellent works.
Experiencing the story that surfaces is alone enjoyable, but Renga's real
beauty and interest lies in the relay of imagery undergoing metamorphosis
daily over the Net. Just like the image of the calf that Holly Lee set
free running about the pastures, a theme is apt to be lost appearing here
and there, yet it retained cohesiveness.
Unanticipated accidents also surfaced--communications between artists on
holiday whose access numbers changed daily, recomposing partitioned data
due to incompatible encoding, and so on. Needless to say these hardships
naturally elevate the tension level of session . . . .
Colliding with the energy that emerges in playing catch with creativity,
time/space/nationality/language differences posing no obstacle, Net art
is dynamically and intimately developed.
"Virtual" may well be a familiar word, but the originators of Renga and
coordinators of this session, Rieko Nakamura and Toshihiro Anzai present
future form 21st century electronic information network age "real"
communication, here and now.
Translated by: Pamela Virgilio