How Artist Jon Kessler Invented the Web

For the past decade Jon Kessler, the artist and professor in Columbia University‘s Visual Arts program, has been using his character the Global Village Idiot as a way to explore themes of surveillance, interconnectivity, and the slippage between reality and fiction that is created by the forces of digital technology and the Internet. A visionary who appears to be something of a cross betweenHoward Hughes, a Silicon Valley genius in the Steve Jobs vein, and the Unabomber, the Global Village Idiot has staged mind-bending provocations at Deitch Projects (installing state-of-the-art surveillance technology in the gallery), the Swiss InstitutePS1 Contemporary Art Center, and MySpace.

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