The Internet has played a pivotal role in Jillian Mayer’s career as an artist. Her collaborative videos regularly appear on YouTube, where they have become wildly popular and earned the talented Miami native critical acclaim. In fact, Mayer’s short film shot in Wynwood, Scenic Jogging, was just one of 25 chosen from 23,000 submissions from 91 countries for the Guggenheim’s “YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video” in October 2010.
That’s why her latest Web-based project, “Erasey Page,” a collaboration between Mayer and computer programmer and techno geek Eric Shoenborn, might raise some eyebrows.
Mayer has created an interactive website for an exhibit at the Bass Museum of Art’s newly renovated project room. Onscreen, the artist greets visitors while a pop-up spokesmodel urges participants to help delete the World Wide Web one page at a time.
That’s both surprising and daring because Mayer’s 60-second 2011 video, I Am Your Grandma, went viral online, snagging more than 1.5 million views to date and launching her career into the stratosphere.
With this new project, Mayer flips the script on social media while exploring our increasingly virtual lives and forces viewers to contemplate existence outside the ether. She even pauses onscreen to thank spectators for choosing “a less computer-interactive and a more real-time-reactive lifestyle.”
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