Erasey Page 2012
Jillian Mayer & Eric Schoenborn
Erasey Page exists as a faux web page and video that allows web users to participate in both the liberating and anxiety-producing experience of "erasing the Internet." Mayer acts as a spokesperson inviting users to interact with the web page and follow a series of basic steps that will end the distraction and saturation of identity that is the world's most powerful and innovative tool.
Jillian Mayer created Erasey Page in collaboration with Eric Schoenborn
Bass Museum of Art, 2012
"Like most of her performance art, ’Erasey Page’ tackles themes of reality vs. artifice and human interactions with technology, both notions, she says, that were spun from too many hours weaning herself on scripted family sitcoms such as ‘Full House’ and ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’" - Sun Sentinel
"Commenting in a comical way about the tenuous relationship that people, including artists, have with technology and the online world, it affords viewers an autonomy for which they are unprepared, allowing for an act of online vandalism and a self-edited experience that gives them a feeling of both power and guilt…. ‘Erasey Page’ is an enabler that simultaneously questions its own function as a piece of art." - ARTDISTRICTS Magazine
by Kristin Korolowicz
Erasey Page is a newly commissioned web-based project that Mayer produced in collaboration with computer programmer, designer, and creative technologist Eric Schoenborn, which will be on view in the Bass Museum's recently renovated project room space. The interactive website begins with a greeting from the artist as a pop-up spokes model who promotes visitors to live an internet-free and happy life by simply deleting the World Wide Web page by page. Participants are then encouraged to type in a web address of their choosing to erase. Afterwards, the spokesperson reappears to thank visitors for making the choice to regain their lives and to enjoy "a less computer interactive and a more real-time reactive lifestyle."*
Contemporary culture is profoundly informed by the ways we access, navigate and use information online, which is both celebrated and questioned by the artist. Lying somewhere between a parody of utopian ideals and an infomercial for a self-help product, Erasey Page humorously comments on one's personal agency. The project becomes particularly poignant in light of recent activism and online blackouts in protest against the U.S. government's proposed legislation’s SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) & PIPA (Project IP Act) "which aims to regulate user-contributed material on the Internet and block entire websites. However, Mayer's proposition is more directed towards questioning our increasingly virtual lives (via social media, etc.) to playfully imagine a world without the Internet.