THE ROTTEN MACHINE AKA THE TOOTHLESS OLD THING 1999-2004
All net.art in a laptop
Brian Mackern

Duration: February 5th, 2010 - February 28th, 2011
Curated by: Nilo Casares

Author(s): Brian Mackern

The rotten machine is a surprising exhibition that emanates from an old laptop from 1999, owned by the uruguayan netartist Brian Mackern, to recreate the time when net.art had its peak brightness, and perhaps therefore, the rattle before the emergence of Web 2.0 (known as Social Network).

A computer full of information and history, acquired by the MEIAC that accompanied Brian Mackern between 1999 and 2004, both in his personal work and in collaborative works for other artists and net jamms, apart from his work as a VJ, conferences and workshops. In short, his tool.

The exhibition is divided into 5 audiovisual stations navigated by Brian Mackern himself. 1 – Anthropological Station: Content and hardware components of the machine. Sounds generated by its operation. References to files, etc.2 – Studio Station: Personal work (source files and visible works). The source code of his own work and at the same time the navigation of it.. 3 - Internet and Networking Station: Content related to many of the projects and online/offline collaborative groups in which Mackern has intervened. 4 - File, documentation and analysis Station: Random collection of information about net.art and Internet culture of that time. 5 – History Station. History of net.art: Remix of endless net.art sites, in different states of preservation, many of them with retrofitted code to allow navigation within the machine without Internet connection. With references to the works of, among others, Vuck Cosic jaka.org, Heaht Bunting, 01.ORG, mouchette.org, Olia Lialina, Jodi, Snarg, Superbad, Alexei Shulgin, Joan Leandre, Sod, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Mark America, Teo Spiller, Simcity, Antonio Mendoza, or  Wartime Project.