On December 11, 1997, Claude Closky will launch a project for the world wide web, Do you want love or lust?, the seventh in Dia's series of artists' projects for the web. The address for the project will be http://www.diacenter.org/closky/.
Claude Closky, a French artist who has exhibited widely in Europe, often draws on mass media as sources for his work. Do you want love or lust? will present a seemingly endless series of questions addressed directly to the website visitors. Taken from such sources as magazines, billboards, and TV commercials, these questions offer a choice between alternative answers, which in turn lead to different sets of questions. Each day visitors will begin at a different point in the body of questions, whose order is seemingly random, though in fact predetermined. The artist chose teasing questions of a type exemplified in popular magazine quizzes that promise to help us understand ourselves better. The site is meant to suggest the seductive, yet necessarily inconclusive and even futile tenor of the questions we are confronted with daily, questions which, though superficial, flippant, and often repetitive, are somehow enjoyable.
Funding for Dia's series of artists' projects for the web has been provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Previous projects which can still be visited on Dia's website include Tim Rollins and K.O.S.'s Prometheus Bound, Cheryl Donegan's Studio Visit, Molissa Fenley's Latitudes, Susan Hiller's Dream Screens, and Komar & Melamid's Most Wanted Paintings.
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