Wish, Edition No. 2, 2007, Database, MySQL, PHP, Processing
Net Art From the Computer Fine Arts Collection
(Vicky Isley and Paul Smith)
"Boredomresearch" is the name of an ongoing project based on a collaboration between British artists Vicky Isley and Paul Smith. In their work Wish (2006), they offer an alternative to the technologically oriented character of contemporary life by alluding to mystic values from the Far East; in this case, they have borrowed a familiar Eastern belief according to which wishes come true when they are hung on a tree (similar to the notes inserted among the cracks in the Western Wall). After the user types his wish on screen, he clicks the mouse to "hang" a bell-shaped icon "containing" the wish on one of the tree branches; the image is thus formed out of an accumulation of visual traces, which bespeak the viewers' heartfelt wishes.
Vicky Isley born in Bedford, U.K., 1974; Paul Smith born in Bedford, U.K., 1975; they live and work in Bournemouth, U.K.