What is Internet Imperialism?

Once Gretchen’s paintings are completed in the studio she program their images in a way that manipulates and dominates the search results of the theme/keyword.  Try it, conduct an images.google.com search: “malignant epithelial ovarian cancer.”  It is information as a weapon. It causes us to question internet authority.  

The resulting search page is a form of ever changing digital performance that always points back to the individual paintings that appear in the search results.  


What are some examples?

You can see examples and documentation of past search engine art piece on gretchen’s website.

What is ubuntu?

Ubuntu is many things and does not have an equlicant in english making it a very difficult word for the internet to understand!

Ubuntu is an ethical concept of southern African origin. It is  is a Nguni Bantu term meaning “humanity”. It is often translated as “I am because we are,” and also “humanity towards others”, but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”.

There is also Ubuntu Theology which recognizes the humanity of a person through a person’s relationship with other persons.

Wikipedia also shows us there is Ubuntu the cola, film and political party

And most famously, and relevantly #accordingToTheInternet, the Ubuntu Operating System.


What is ubuntu operating system?

Ubuntu is an open source operating system for computers. It is a Linux distribution based on the Debian architecture. It is usually run on personal computers, and is also popular on network servers, usually running the Ubuntu Server variant, with enterprise-class features. Ubuntu runs on the most popular architectures, including Intel, AMD, and ARM-based machines. Ubuntu is also available for tablets and smartphones, with the Ubuntu Touch edition.


Why did you change those results to be of Gretchen Andrew’s paintings?

Making the internet more human! Ubuntu is a human word and should not be dominated by its software/ technology definition.  What if machines understood Ubuntu?


What is Search Engine Art?

Artwork partially authored by search engines.