JODI, Collective in distribution, Netherlands, 1994
JODI, or jodi.org, is a collective of two internet artists: Joan Heemskerk (1968, Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands) and Dirk Paesmans (1965, Brussels, Belgium). They currently live and work in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. Paesmans and Heemskerk have a background is in video art and photography respectively. Both attended CADRE, the electronic arts laboratory at San Jose State University in California; Dirk Paesmans also studied with Nam June Paik at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf. The duo works together since 1994. In the mid-1990s they have created a number of original artworks for the World Wide Web about the characteristics and language of the internet itself. A few years later they also became involved in software art and artistic computer game modification. The rising popularity of Web2.0 has recently inspired them to a new series of pieces and interventions in existing online services and platforms.
Their work uses the widest possible variety of media and techniques, from installations, software and websites to performances and exhibitions. In a pioneering, medium-specific way, they deconstruct and analyze the languages of new media: from visual aesthetics to interface elements, from codes and features to errors and viruses. They challenge the relationship between technology and users by subverting our expectations about the functionalities and conventions of the systems that we depend upon every day.
JODI's work is featured in most art historical volumes about electronic and media art, is exhibited worldwide and was, among others, included in Documenta X (1997). They also received a 1999 Webby Award in the category Net Art.