Rafaël Rozendaal uses the internet as his canvas to create visual and interactive art work. For him, the internet gives him freedom to create art work that couldn’t otherwise be conceived in the physical world. The digital and online art pioneer holds a large portfolio of visual, non-narrative websites, such as Looking At Something and contributing to The Useless Web. His work should not be taken at face value. Take openthiswindow.com, a part of a project exploring contemporary lifestyles; it gives you the option to open the window or keep it shut – a stark reminder of being cooped up inside our offices.
Aside from his digital works, BYOB (bring your own beamer) is an ongoing project created by Rafaël encouraging people to organise exhibitions where artists can set up their projectors, and beam their work onto surfaces to create a visual array. Over 130 BYOBs have taken place in the last few years, spread worldwide rapidly with its “DIY curatorial format”.
At Here 2013 Rafaël gave us an insight into his past projects, why he finds working in this medium so exhilarating and why he also likes to experiment with work that combines the digital and the physical.