Rafael Rozendaal
Retrospective
Sep 03 — Oct 01
2020
I make websites-as-artworks. They are concise moving images, generative, random, colorful, moody… I hope.
I started making websites in 1999. The internet was a great place then, the early days before the web became corporate. It was an optimistic time full of promise. It was very exciting.

I did not want to make a website that showed “IRL” documentation, I wanted to make websites that take advantage of the possibilities of the browser. These works are generative moving images. They are not videos or animations. They are code based algorithms. They behave like a fountain or waterfall, always doing the same thing but never repeating itself.








The domain name is the title of the work, and at the same time it’s the location of the work. Domain names are easy to remember, so whenever you want to see one of my works, all you have to do is remember a domain name.

I have exhibited my websites in physical space. Sometimes in galleries or museums, and sometimes on digital billboards in public space. I think websites should behave like gas: they can fill up any potential space. Whether you are seeing my work on a smartwatch or on a 200 meter billboard, each instance of the work is an authentic viewing experience. The work exists in infinite multitudes, any place, any time, as long as you have an internet connection.
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Since 1999, I’ve made about 120 websites, each in their own domain name (.com)
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Rafael Rozendaal
ALL EXHIBITIONS
BERTHOLD CENTRE
GRAZHDANSKAYA STR, 13-15
SAINT PETERSBURG