Jody Zellen

Visual Chaos

Visual Chaos is a short web work that that explores the idea of chaos on the web. In Visual Chaos I created a number of moving windows, as well as windows that appeared in specific places on the screen. I wanted there to be a screen filled with little windows, all doing there own thing. I also used a clickable list to create a poem. Each word is a link that opens a new window. You can read the poem a number of ways. Contained within Visual Chaos are a number of flash movies that use historical images of Los Angeles as source material adding current images and texts as animations to explore the relationship between the past and the present, as well as the ancient, the modern and the future city. Visual Chaos uses the space of the web as a sculptural space, allowing viewers to interact with animated graphics to delve deeper and deeper into an imaginary city. The images are culled from various print media sources. The texts are either found passages from urban theory or specifically written poetic musings on the city. The site explores ideas relating to an abstracted idea of the city. The images depict shadows and bodies. It explores the ideas of being swallowed by the city. In Visual Chaos I explore grids as a metaphor for the many different paths one can journey down in the modern city. One of the things I am interested in is to counter the use of the web as a source for information

Jody Zellen is an artist living in Los Angeles, California. She works in many media simultaneously, making photographs, installations, net art, public art, as well as artists’ books that explore the subject of the urban environment. She employs media-generated representations of contemporary and historic cities as raw material for aesthetic and social investigations. Solo exhibitions include Pace University’s Digital Gallery (2005); The Laguna Art Museum (2004-05); Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (2002); Deep River, Los Angeles (2001). Her net art projects have shown world wide since 1997 in festivals and exhibitions such as Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart, Germany; 9th Japan Media Art Festival, Tokyo (2006); Arte Nuevo Interactive, Mexico; ACCEA, Armenia; Prog:Me, Rio de Janeiro (2005); File, Brazil; Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal; Siggraph, Los Angeles; International Festival of Electronic Art, Argentina; Cosign, Croatia (2004); New Forms Festival, Vancouver; Rencontres Internationales, Berlin (2003); Whitney Museum Artport (2002); XXV Bienal de Sao Paulo (2002); Art Future, Taiwan (2000); Net_Condition, ZKM (1999); Film + Arch.3, Graz (1997). Her website “Ghost City” (, begun in 1997, is an ever changing meditation on the urban environment. “Crowds and Power” was the October 2002 portal for the Whitney Museum’s Artport ( “Disembodied Voices,” 2004 ( began as an online project that was then coverted into a five-projector interactive installation. For more information and to see other projects, visit