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Asymmetrical Response, Olia Lialina, 2016

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Published on Sep 14, 2016

A desktop sculpture for Windows 7, Dream Scene, Firefox,
http://blingee.com/images/spaceball.gif
and
http://s017.radikal.ru/i413/1111/97/7...

Premiered on the 8th of September 2016 as a part of Asymmetrical Response Show at the Western Front, Vancouver

"The work Asymmetrical Response illustrates an overt conflict. A clear gif is an early web convention used by designers to layout their pages. This 1x1 transparent pixel is also a simple form of analytics and surveillance that can be used by web developers to track users to any web page. Blingee.com is a popular image generator and online community that allows users to create and share sparkling, blinged out images. Controversially, this miniscule 1x1 pixel lurks behind Blingee’s code and prevents its users from sharing their custom bling-making elements as freely as they would want. In an asymmetric response, Blingee users created and distributed a 400x400 transparent gif that rendered another Blingee’s basic image restriction (must upload photo in background of every creation) irrelevant. These pixels, displayed here, are invisible but powerful weapons in the war between users and technology providers." Caitlin Jones

Asymmetrical Response continues the series of works about transparent 1x1 pixel images.

See also clear.gif 2013
http://www.collection.evan-roth.com/o...

Watch 1:1, Transparency
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn2I3...

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