Russian artist Alexei Shulgin’s "Form Art" (1997), which used HTML buttons and boxes as the raw material for monochromatic compositions, is at first glance a purely formal study of certain aspects of HTML. But it was also absurd: "Form Art" transformed the most bureaucratic, functional, and unloved aspects of the web into aesthetic, ludic elements.

"Form Art" is included in Rhizome's Net Art Anthology, a two-year online exhibition, began in October 2016, to express the breadth and diversity of net art as a form.


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