exonemo: 0 to 1 / 1 to 0

Feb 6–Nov 18, 2019

In their project 0 to 1 / 1 to 0, the artist team exonemo uses the passage between night and day to explore the digital and natural environments we inhabit. Every day at sunrise and sunset, webpages viewed on whitney.org slowly recede into the browser window to reveal a laptop screen, and beyond that, the rising or setting sun over Manhattan. The webpage is still functional in its minimized state, but the doubling of the screen draws attention to the hardware through which users experience the website. In the natural world, the two- to three-minute change between night and day marks a powerful yet gradual transition that has no equivalent in the digital space, where the switch between the binary code of 0s and 1s is discontinuous. exonemo's project turns these daily moments into a transition between both the digital and natural environments, contrasting the interconnectedness of the digital and natural world with their fundamental differences.

The Japanese artist duo exonemo creates experimental projects that explore the paradoxes of the digital and analog environments surrounding us. Formed by Kensuke Sembo and Yae Akaiwa in 1996, exonemo’s works have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions worldwide. In 2006, their project The Road Movie won the Golden Nica in the Net Vision category of the Prix Ars Electronica in 2006. Since 2012 they have organized the "Internet Yami-Ichi," a large flea market that has taken place in Tokyo and New York and which makes the often immaterial flotsam of cyberspace tangible in online-themed objects. The artists have lived and work in New York since 2015.

Sunrise/Sunset is a series of Internet art projects that mark sunset and sunrise in New York City every day. All are commissioned by the Whitney specifically for whitney.org, each project unfolding over a timeframgite of ten to thirty seconds.

Using whitney.org as their habitat, Sunrise/Sunset projects disrupt, replace, or engage with the museum website as an information environment. This form of engagement captures the core of artistic practice on the Internet, the intervention in existing online spaces.

To see the current project, be anywhere on this website during sunrise or sunset.


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