menu An Image-Based Chatroom An Image-Based Chatroom

A unique online community highlights our evolving ideas of language and communication.

Claudia Cukrov
  • 29 october 2010

SMS lingo, emoticons and Facebook like’s – it’s hard to ignore the modern decline in verbal communication.  Thousands of years of linguistic development have become undone (or are they evolving?) over the last decade. is perhaps another example of this communication diet.

A real-time chat room that primarily uses pictures and (incredible) GIFs, the website was initially developed back in November 2009 to “serve as a platform for artists who use its technology to foster community and creativity.”  Created by Ryder Ripps, of Internet Archaeology, along with Tim Baker (Delicious) and co-founder Scott Ostler (MIT Exhibit), the site allows users to upload pictures from their hard drive and webcam, or simply post image URLs which instantly translate into images.  Initially participants were ‘invite-only’, but the chat rooms are now fully open to public registration. recently launched their Irl exhibition at the New York-based 319 Scholes Gallery – a collaboration of twenty-three artists featuring;

…caves animated by psychedelic GIFs, web-based performances with interactive webcams, architectural renderings of virtual property, and audio-visual recompositions that return images to the social networks and digital systems from which they emerge.

Tomorrow night, 10pm the site will also present ‘IRHELL’ – connecting Halloween parties in Mexico City and Brooklyn online.

[via Rhizome & Today&Tomorrow]

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