JODI, or jodi.org, are unanimously considered pioneers of new media art. It is a collective of two artists: Joan Heemskerk (the Netherlands) and Dirk Paesmans (Belgium).Their background is in photography and video art; and in the mid-1990s they were the first to create Internet based artworks. In more recent works, they modified video games such as Wolfenstein 3D, Quake, Jet Set Willy, and Max Payne 2.
Works on display at VertexList include brand new projects including Composite Club (an installation Involving Playstation camera games triggered by prerecorded videoclips),wrongbrowser.us (live online browser limited to the .us domain), and RSS based mailinglist Wordstar. They will also feature JODI classic Wolfenstein modification S.O.D Bcd etc (sod.jodi.org).
Composite club is presented in conjunction with and/or gallery in Dallas, TX, which features JODI game hacks and work of Arcangel Constantini. A Life video feed is set up between the galleries during the opening reception. JODI’s work has been included in many international exhibitions and festivals, including Documenta X in 1997. They received a Webby Award in the Arts category in 1999 (UCSOB) and were featured in “Digital Art” by Christiane Paul and “Internet Art” by Rachel Greene.