Avenue S is a new addition to the net art project “Ghost City,” 1998-2020 (www.ghostcity.com). It is an ever-growing series of linked web pages containing multiple rollovers, fragmented images, animations and texts that are a poetic meditation on isolation. It feels like a ghost town everywhere these days– the streets are empty, the beaches and parks are closed– as we stay at home or walk alone wearing masks, Avenue S provides an alternative experience. Viewers of Avenue S are presented with image text relationships, unstructured narratives, rollovers, gifs and pop up windows. Avenue S is developing spontaneously and functioning as a visual journal during these disconcerting and unprecedented times. While what is possible online has changed and grown more sophisticated over time, Avenue S is a return the basics of net art—a sequence of linked web pages that function like poems and commentaries on what is happening in the world today.
Jody Zellen is a Los Angeles, CA, USA based artist who makes interactive installations, mobile apps, net art, animations, drawings, paintings, photographs, public art, and artists' books. She constantly thinks about ways to use new technologies and to integrate interactivity into her artworks. She received a BA from Wesleyan University (1983), a MFA from CalArts (1989) and a MPS degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (2009). Zellen was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the City of Santa Monica in 2011 and 2016. She is also the recipient of a 2012 California Community Foundation Mid Career