FkN JPGs
net art, performance, video, photography, editions, books
2016-2020

FkN JPGs started as online performances that were later versioned across many platforms as poetry, photography, video art, and an archive. What happens when I become what I desire? When images act as instruction? Episode 52, moonikakas.jpg is illustrated here.  



Cam4
Every week for a year I restaged an image from my porn collection using special effects (green screens) and real transformations (prince albert piercing). I live-streamed the results to a sex chat website. Cam4 viewers saw the original jpeg that was posted as a profile pic, the live reenactment of it, and a chat box that allowed the artist and audience to interact.

Tumblr
Everything leading up to, during, and after each performance was collected from buying props to asking the audience to take and share photos of the performance. All of it was cataloged and posted to Tumblr. Much was lost in 2018 when Tumblr banned pornography and offending posts where hidden and labeled in “violation of our Community Guidelines”. Then in 2022 Tumblr changed their ban and promised a more welcoming “home for art and artists who publish mature content”. In actuality, the moderators where back at it — picking at FkN JPGs and eventually redirecting the blog to a dashboard view only, without a trace of prior flagged content. Currently, Clary is working with Rhizome to appeal Tumblr's decision so the blog can be archived in its original form on ArtBase.

Vimeo
Some audience members went beyond just taking photos and took videos of the performances. I edited these clips with the chat to create something beyond a documentary. New storylines, new fantasies.

TROLL THREAD
I worked with the poetry collective TROLL THREAD on a trilogy. Each book, in the publisher’s words, is a “how to” specific to the platforms I used. FkN JPGs on eBay documents the buying and selling of props. FkN JPGs on Cam4 presents the chat as poetry. And FkN JPGs on Tumblr is a photo book sourced from my audience. 

iTunes
I created a playlist of the music that used for the performances. The cover art, song names, and lyrics were replaced with the original porn and chat from the series.

PAOM
The Print All Over Me edition is a silk scarf printed with a few lines of chat.

Foundation
I am currently photographing the props using steganography where I secretly embed the original pornagraphic image into the code of the jpeg. These hacked, haunted images will be sold as NFTs on Foundation. 

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Collections
Rhizome, New York

Screening
Killer Dentist Press, New York

Readings
Montez Press Radio, New York
Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Ask

Looking to exhibit the project in all its various versions

Mark

Thankful to be an Eyebeam fellow and advisor, NEW INC member, awarded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, commissioned by Rhizome, funded by Meta Open Arts, exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles, sold at Art Book in China, collected by MoMA, reviewed in Art in America, and bested by Hyperallergic.