new piece: tossing turning .com

tossing turning .com

New piece: tossing turning .com (turn sound up)


artist talk this saturday in amsterdam at W139

lecture rafael rozendaal

Saturday July 30, at 3 pm, I will do an artist talk/ lecture at W139. I will talk about my online works, translating/ optimizing web pieces for exhibition spaces, BYOB, web strategies, social networks, and I will close it all off with a new series called “Youtube Associations”. That means I play a Youtube on the projection screen, and everyone in the audience is invited to choose the next one, playing all kinds of videos for about an hour. I did it a few weeks ago at a talk in Chicago and I was amazed how much fun it was.

Hope to see you there!

W139, Warmoestraat 139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
“The Shift” opens July 29, 9 pm.
Artist talk July 30, 3 pm.


powdering face .gif

powdered face .gif

Photos by Selena McKenzie.


friday july 29 my opening at W139 amsterdam

rafael rozendaal w139 outside

Exactly one week from now, Friday July 29,
is the opening of my exhibition “The Shift” at W139 in Amsterdam, Warmoestraat 139.

I’m not going to tell you what I will show, it’s a surprise, but it’s a brand new installation and it’s different from what I’ve done so far. Hope to see you there!



shooting commercial

I’m not at liberty to disclose what I am holding in my hand here…
I’m starring in an ad, more info in a few weeks.


seoul korea media pole exhibition

2011 korea media pole


why do you hate smoking?

smoking skull by van gogh

Ewoudt Boonstra asks: “why do you hate smoking?

Because it stinks.






recent e-mail from miltos manetas

Date: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 8:41 PM
Subject: Re: please dont do it
To: RR

Rafael, you went far over limits.
I hope that you are realizing the consequences. You are losing the only real artist who looked on you as
a potential equal. I was wrong doing so and I will never do this mistake again.
Enjoy the rest of your career.

Miltos Manetas

>> On Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 3:30 PM, RR wrote:
>> miltos, what you basically want to do is rename my piece and get credits for it
>> i am asking you kindly to not do it. im very happy with the current name just let it be.
>> ciao
>> rafael


why the internet is a good place for art

On the internet the artist has no boss, no mediator. There is no institutional structure, no publisher, no one between the artist and the audience. This anarchism makes for a spontaneous environment where weird things can happen. I appreciate the unusual and the irrational.


google comes from another planet

google logo

Google is not made by humans. Google is a company founded by the Oogles, a lifeform that started in a multiverse far far away, somewhere in the dimensional continium, a place beyond our conception. The Oogles are so advanced it is hard for us to grasp what they are about. They can basically do anything they want in any reality… they rule the multiverse. As a social experiment they started a company on our planet… Google.

They want to take over the power on our planet. Not by force, just by doing things better than any human ever could. They will always allow humans to start their own companies, and just for fun they will let these companies thrive for a while. But they will always win, at anything, and they will offer everything for free. Just to watch us humans try. They’re not evil, they’re just over ambitious and they have a strange sense of humor.


my favorite BYOB gifs

by travess smalley

By Travess Smalley.


by guthrie lonergan & chris coy

By Guthrie Lonergan & Chris Coy.


by daniel swan

By Daniel Swan.


by Jeronimo Jiminez

By Jeronimo Jiminez.


By Chris Collins

By Chris Collins.


by vakki

By Vakki.



.com and beyond

icann vote

Today a historic change to internet’s domain name system was announced: Big players can now buy their own top level domain. A top level domain is the last few characters at the end of a domain name, like .com or .org or .info. Icann (the organisation that controls domain names) has decided you can now buy your own top level domain (TLD) if you pay over US$ 180,000.

Basically this means you will visit .google instead of

It also means that big companies and countries will look more professional and authoritative then us regular folk who buy cheap .com domains.

“Today’s decision will usher in a new Internet age,” said Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman of Icann’s Board of Directors. “We have provided a platform for the next generation of creativity and inspiration.”

I’m curious if this will make .com’s feel old & obsolete or fresh & independent.


my facebook audience

facebook audience


lemon sketch

lemon sketch

lemon sketch