Petra Cortright is an Internet artist born in 1986 in Santa Barbara, California. Currently lives and works in Santa Barbara, California. Has resided in New York City, Portland, Oregon, Toyko, Japan and Berlin, Germany. She has studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a member of the Nasty Nets Internet Surfing Club, Loshadka Internet Surfing Club and Computers Club. She has exhibited internationally in galleries including the New Museum and Spencer Brownstone in New York, The Sundance Film International Film Festival, Artnews Projects in Berlin, Germany, Preteen Gallery in Mexico City, Gloria Maria Gallery in Milan, Italy and at the Internet Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale.
While preparing this post YouTube puts down her video “VVEWBCAM”, because of violation of the YouTube Community Guidelines.
The video (…) features Cortright mundanely clicking through the stock effects of a $20 webcam, gazing bored into the screen of her computer, trance playing in the background. Far from offensive content. The violation lies in Cortright’s use of keywords. The video description contained 733 keywords, ranging from “tits, vagina, sex, nude, boobs” to “san francisco, diego, jose, puto, taco bell, border patrol, mcdonalds, KFC, kentucky fried chicken, trans fat”.
Rhizome recently archived the video, so you can see it there. However the artwork is not in it’s original context anymore, so you’re not able to view it as Petra intended it.