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Screenshot of Jodi.org’s hompage

“Jodi.org, initially launched by artists Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans (Jo + Di) around 1995, is a Web-based artwork that uses the medium’s vernacular as its content in a similarly critical manner. Although it has changed over the years, accessing the Website in 1999 resulted in an ironic pseudoerror
message, ‘403 Forbidden directory browsing is enabled on this server’. Instead of an error message suggesting that one may not browse the forbidden directory, here such browsing had been enabled. Other layers of the site could be accessed only by breaking in. This disruptive element paradoxically inhibited and enabled the exchange of information, a seeming provocation to undermine the error message, to try to figure out a way around the authoritative,
technologically-closed front door and gain entry by prying open a side window. Indeed, by manually changing the URL, one could receive another message, ‘404’ (the typical error message received when a server cannot find the requested URL), which ironically had active hyperlinks to other interactive
parts of the site.”[1]

[1] Edward A. Shanken, Art and Electronic Media, p.36

[2] Jodi.org website: http://wwwwwwwww.jodi.org

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