okfoc.us / Pioneers of a new web or bullshit hipster artists?
16 April 2012
As Chat Roulette was an art project turned penis infused web phenomenon, Dump.fm is live-mashup collaboration tool that takes kitch kittens, throws them in a blender and sequin-pins the result to a revolving wall. Confusing, as art should be, but something in it is rather beautiful and potentially important. Dump.fm is also a gif-art web-sensation, inspiring the likes of B.Y.O.B. and LuckyPDF.
The dudes behind this stuff, Ryder Ripps and Jonathan Vingiano have been cracking out Like-able post-internet art works / remix-tools / API applications for the last few years and have recently semi-formalised their offering in the form of www.okfoc.us siting method to their madness.
It's cynical, looks like my dog sat on a broken Amiga and potentially over hyped. But for it's over pixelated giffage it is a deep breath of fresh air in the musty conservative web that surrounds. And I like their reasoning:
“The foundation for the way us three came together is through a passion for the culture of computing and creating stuff on the internet because it’s a really free space to do so,” says Ripps. “You can create a lot more with a lot less money and throw things away, and try stuff, and be really creative, and have fun, and explore in ways that you can’t really do in other art scenes or in the physical art world. I think that way of thinking has been a through point for us, and I don’t think it’s something I’d ever want to go away. I’d get bored. I want to keep pushing myself and boundaries.” - From the recently published article on Creators Project blog
Play Tug Of Store scoff at Is The L Train Fucked? and gasp at the web1.0 effects. But please let me know if it's important. They might be forging a much more playful, irreverent and engaging negotiation of the internet. They might be 2 mustachioed shell-suit wearing dweebs. Or maybe they’re both.