Curated by Steve Dietz and designed by Vivian Selbo, AEN is constructed as a portal, an artists' version of Yahoo! or MSNBC, except that each of the functions of a portal--the search engine (Mongrel, Natural Selection), the webcam (Ken Goldberg, Dislocation of Intimacy), the calendar (Claude Closky, Calendar 2000), membership (Michaël Samyn, I Confess), or the daily meme (Robbin Murphy, Wrestling Tips from the Coach/Curator)--is an artist project. In toto, the AEN portal exposes that which may already seem normal as the not-yet-necessary. These artists have the vision to imagine something different, both entertaining and disturbing.
From February 12-April 30, 2000, AEN was presented in the Walker Art Center's exhibition Let's Entertain via a specially designed "portal," which was a freestanding revolving door with an embedded computer screen. As a participant pushed the door around, it accessed different projects in AEN, moving through cyberspace but always returning to the same physical space. The AEN gallery portal was designed by Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger of Antenna Design New York Inc., and made possible by generous support from Aveus.
Walker Art Center Calendar,
event type: Online Exhibition
location: hosted by the Walker Art Center
start date: February 11, 2000
credit line: AEN was made possible by generous support from Aveus.