ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished piece. This week, net artist Emilie Gervais traces the creation of her “Gendered HTML Collection” w-h-a-t-e-v-e-r.net, even though most of her production is deleted after its “processed” or “mutated into something else.” 

My sketchbook is my internet connection =^.^= Most of my notes are online.

I sometime use TextEdit or other software applications, but barely. I dislike having stuff on my desktop. Also, lost folders and files on my computer; so I mostly just contextualize directly everything on the web, or just think stuff through without taking notes, without sketching anything.

The way I use the internet allows me to process my thoughts accurately: ideas as content are organized spontaneously on social media platforms, dead forums, random websites, lost urls, important e-mails, in more or less hidden directories, in source codes or elsewhere.

It goes from being very chaotic to very methodical. My thought process mostly occurs publicly ✌⊂(✰‿✰)つ✌

I made w-h-a-t-e-v-e-r.net on a sunny day in Aix-en-Provence: it was during a period of time in which people were tweeting a lot aboutart & gender, gendered art and discussing the feminization of culture ٩(^‿^)۶ w-h-a-t-e-v-e-r.net is a website inviting people to upload their .html pages as girl art or boy art.

All elements displayed on the .html pages must be hosted elsewhere on the internet. w-h-a-t-e-v-e-r.net is a Gendered HTML Collection.

A couple of days after the website was ready, but the collection still empty; Jennifer Chan tweeted “Postgender Pavilion 3013” I replied: w-h-a-t-e-v-e-r.net (∩`-´)⊃━☆゚.*・。゚

From there, people started uploading their .html pages.

See work by Emilie Gervais in upcoming shows Uniforum: A Place of Nonconsequence at the the University of Maryland and #404 Not Found in Chicago.

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