On March 11, 1999, Francis Alÿs will launch a screensaver and a project for the world wide web, entitled The Thief, the eleventh in Dia's series of artists' projects for the web. The address for the project will be http://www.diacenter.org/alys.
Francis Alÿs is known for editions of paintings he produced in collaboration with a group of sign painters in Mexico City and for the walks he performs in urban environments. For his first project for the web, Alÿs has created an animation, available as a screensaver, as his response to the computer, the network, and the ubiquitous Windows metaphor. The process by which he came to this emblematic clip has been documented in a series of short arguments where Alÿs investigates the parallels between contemporary interface design and "Alberti's Window," a method of linear perspective drawing proposed during the early Renaissance in Leon Battista Alberti's Della Pittura (1435-36).
Funding for Dia's series of artists' projects for the web has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.
Previous projects which can still be visited on Dia's website include Arturo Herrera's Almost Home, Diller + Scofidio's Refresh, Kristin Lucas's Between a Rock and a Hard Drive, Claude Closky's Do you want love or lust?, Tim Rollins and K.O.S.'s Prometheus Bound, Cheryl Donegan's Studio Visit, and Molissa Fenley's Latitudes.
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