nova rojo festival in rio

Happening right now, The Nova Festival in Rio is Organized by Rojo magazine and includes a huge variety of contemporary culture. Above is a photo taken by Gabriel Paranagua of a group performance I did at Fundação Casa França-Brasil together with Rosa Menkman, Jeffers Egan, Isan, Evan Voytas and Elen.

Thank you everyone!


greetings from rio de janeiro


we transfer

we transfer

Highly recommended: We Transfer, the easy way to send big files.
Simple, free, no sign-up, nice design.


Cuko is playing the Finger Battle app

Youtube user Pablosuam made a cool Finger Battle video, including Rocky theme :)


finger battle on dutch TV

My iPhone game Finger Battle was featured on Primetime Dutch TV show De wereld draait door.
Thank you Nalden for the support, really awesome!

finger battle de wereld draait door

finger battle de wereld draait door


love game set .com

2010 tennis court

new website: love game set .com (previously seen on jst chillin)


How do you want to be remembered? :)

rafael negative

Sarah Curtis asks: How do you want to be remembered? :)

Hi Sarah, thank you for your question.

As hard as it is, I try not to think about what others think of me. I’ve been called an asshole many many times and I never liked it. I don’t think it’s very productive for me to worry about what others think of me, so I try not to. But I do worry, I do think about how I’m perceived. Am I fun to be around? Is my work interesting? Do I look OK?

However, I can honestly tell you,

I do not care at all how I’m remembered after I die.

I will not be there, it won’t affect me.

This post is part of “Ask Anything”.
If there is anything you’d like to ask me, please leave a question on my Facebook page.


image search: torn paper

image search torn paper

Thank you Sun An for noticing.


what do you consider the right size and resolution to view your digital work?

Just Quist asks: What do you consider the right size and resolution to view your digital work?

Hello Just, thank you for your question.

Some people are sensitive to words, others to music.
Some people like small screens, some people like museum scale projections.

There is no right size for my work. The point of making websites is to create flexible entities that adapt to very different contexts. Different screens, different sizes, different aspect ratios, different social climates. My websites are scalable, they are resolution independent and the compositions adapt themselves to any screen. There is no control. Ideally the works are everywhere, for anyone, at any time.

This post is part of “Ask Anything”.
If there is anything you’d like to ask me, please leave a question on my Facebook page.


my nintendo 3ds review

nintendo 3ds

Much to my surprise, Nintendo gave me a 3DS one day before the official release date. Online strategy experts First selected a number of “digital influencers” and I was lucky to be part of their list.

The 3DS is a handheld gaming device with a 3D screen, and no 3D glasses are needed. I am not much of a gamer… I like Tetris a bit, I used to play it on Nintendo’s first handheld, the Gameboy. I can’t really tell you about the gameplay, I can’t compare it with anything because I never play games, but I’m sure it’s great, it’s Nintendo.

More importantly, this device is a significant step in the evolution of depiction. Cave drawings, fresco’s, oil paintings, black & white photos, moving photos, motion pictures with sound, in full color, 3D, and now full color interactive 3D with sound. There might have been 3D interactivity before, but now it’s ready for the mainstream. They really nailed 3D gaming.

The video game industry is always pushing the limits of representation. Games are becoming more and more immersive. I think this screen is about as far as spatial illusion can go. There will be bigger 3D screens, higher resolution, but that’s about it.

The next step is injecting images directly into our mind. I’m sure someone is working on it right now.


finger battle ripoff version for android

finger battle bootleg android

Damn the internet is fast!
The Finger Battle iPhone app was released on the iTunes store 9 days ago.
The bootleg Android version was published 5 days later! Business is not easy…

from the Android app description:
Exciting and addictive game for 2 players and one android device.
Tap your region as fast as you can to overgrow your opponent.
Clone of well-known iPhone game.
Needs multitouch-enabled device and at least one friend nearby.


domain book now for sale in my online shop

rafael rozendaal domain name book

My latest book, Domain Names 2010 – 2001, is now for sale in my shop.
The edition is very limited so don’t wait.


goodbye farewell .com at gloria maria gallery last wednesday

gloria maria gallery goodbye farewell

Photo by Armando JR


new iPhone app: Finger Battle

finger battle

I am happy to announce my new iPhone App: Finger Battle, available in the iTunes store NOW.
The game is very simple: 2 players, tap as fast as you can, the fastest tapper wins.
It was made in collaboration with Dirk van Oosterbosch.

finger battle mockup


interview on vogue italia website

vogue italia 2011

An interview with me on the Vogue Italia website.
(on the occasion of my book launch tomorrow)


book launch march 16 in milano @ gloria maria gallery

Domain Names 2010 – 2001 by Rafaël Rozendaal
Book Launch and Signing

Wednesday, March 16
from 6 to 9 pm
Gloria Maria Gallery
Via Watt 32, 20143 Milan
T +39 02 8708 854

Gloria Maria Gallery is pleased to host the launch of Domain Names 2010 – 2001, a new book by visionary Dutch internet Artist, Rafaël Rozendaal. Published by independent publishing house Automatic Books from Venice, the book shows 60 domain names that the artist has registered over the course of ten years. Each domain name represents a unique artwork, a website that is always there. The domain names are the title of the work, but also their location. Some of the domain names have been sold to collectors, some are still available. This book seals ten years of life and work in one desirable object: Domain Names 2010 – 2001.


art website sales contract

art website sales contract

Art Website Sales Contract is a document that I use to sell my websites.
It can be used by anyone who wants to buy or sell an art-piece-in-a-domain-name.


rhizome/newmuseum booth in the armory show 2011

armory show 2011

I’m happy to announce that my work will be shown in this year’s Armory Show. The Rhizome / New Museum booth is curated by Lauren Cornell and includes works by artists Harm van den Dorpel, Sara Ludy, Takeshi Murata, Seth Price, Anne de Vries and Rafaël Rozendaal. You can find Rhizome at Pier 94, in booth L-26. The fair is open from Noon to 8pm March 3-5th, and then from Noon to 7pm on March 6th.

From Wikipedia: The Armory Show, The International Fair of New Art, is the largest contemporary art fair in New York, and one of the largest in the world.


goodbye farewell .com in berlin

2011 schleiermacher goodbye farewell berlin eddy the eagle


RR on louis vuitton digital discoveries

louis vuitton digital discoveries

Louis Vuitton, the French masters of luxury, just launched a new website: Louis Vuitton Digital Discoveries.
Japanese internet legend Yugo Nakamura was asked to present his favorite young artists, and I’m happy to be part of his selection.