Launched October 1, 1998

Sep 29, 1998

On October 1, 1998, artists Diller + Scofidio will launch a project for the world wide web, entitled Refresh, the ninth in Dia's series of artists' projects for the web. The address for the project will be http://www.diacenter.org/dillerscofidio.

Diller + Scofidio is an interdisciplinary studio exploring the junctures of architecture and the visual and performing arts. Their projects take the form of installations ranging from unsolicited occupations to museum exhibitions, often exploring issues surrounding technology, media, and the concept of "the public." In Refresh, their first project for the web, Diller + Scofidio plan to explore the phenomenon of the office cam, a camera mounted in an office which feeds live images to a page on the web at set intervals, usually every 30 or 60 seconds. The artists have chosen a dozen existing office cams from around the world and, for each site, they will create a fictional investigation of the scene using textual elements and fabricated imagery. Visitors will uncover this information as they explore the screen, constructing banal yet compelling stories which reflect on the effects of live video on everyday life.

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 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, Molissa Fenley's Latitudes, Susan Hiller's Dream Screens, and Komar & Melamid's Most Wanted Paintings.

Dia Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt charitable organization. Established in 1974, the organization has become one of the largest in the United States dedicated to contemporary art and contemporary culture. In fulfilling this commitment, Dia sustains diverse programming in visual arts, poetry, arts education, and critical discourse and debate.

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Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, press@diaart.org or 212 293 5518

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