Double Happiness is an internet surf club that includes Bennett Williamson and Ricky Laska. Founding member Bennett Williamson’s work has been featured in the Irish Times, MSNBC.com, and Wall Street Journal Online; he curated and organized The Great Internet Sleepover at Eyebeam in 2007; is a member of the Graffiti Research Lab, and a research fellow at F.A.T. Lab.
Bennett is a graduate of NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a B.A. in New Media and Arts Production. He is a founding member of the net art collective Double Happiness, whose work has been featured in the Irish Times, MSNBC.com, and Wall Street Journal Online. He curated and organized The Great Internet Sleepover in 2007 at Eyebeam Atelier. He is a member of the Graffiti Research Lab, documenting, video-making, and logging hours as Anti-Hype Man and Official DJ. A record collector and DJ, discerning rap aficionado and field recordist, he has hosted radio shows and was a Web Producer for Fair Game, currently DJs with Serious Business in and around New York City, and worked for artist Cory Arcangel.
This rich collection of writings by pioneering digital artist Mark Amerika mixes (and remixes) personal memoir, net art theory, fictional narrative, satirical reportage, scholarly history, and network-infused language art. META/DATA is a playful, improvisatory, multitrack "digital sampling" of Amerika's writing from 1993 to 2005 that tells the early history of a net art world "gone wild" while simultaneously constructing a parallel poetics of net art that complements Amerika's own artistic practice.
You are invited to THE GREAT INTERNET SLEEPOVER!!!!!!!!
Camp out with pro net surfers and net surfing clubs as we talk shop, play games, pitch tents, and make a hypertext mess big enough for mom to clean up in the morning.
The Great Internet Sleepover is aimed at highlighting and supportng a developing web art movement and aesthetic. It is a chance for artists and groups creating things on the internet to meet in person, while still "keeping it on the net." Participation is welcome, and encouraged. Sleepovers are a time of bonding, and this one will hopefully lead to new collaborative works and partnerships. The artists will also have access to Eyebeam's arsenal of technologies, and the open structure of the event hopes to mimic in a physical form the same kind of free-for-all, democratic, pigpile-of-content, non sequitor style that characterizes these web surf clubs.