the news at the time."
Bratsa Bonifacho’s Horty MyParty is Weird and CoolNow is a red and blue montage of letters and punctuation marks.
The characters are disfigured, disoriented and generally jumbled, although they retain their rigid position in a grid.
I suppose we might imagine an image of a computer program suffering some corruption.
Ann Rosenberg, a Vancouver-based critic and curator, wrote an article about the piece but was unable to discover information on the viruses that the work refers to:
"I have not found any evidence of them. But Googling up Horty and his putative party has been a visual treat and a mental roller-coaster."However, Sophos' Graham Cluley has found the relevant details, stating that:
"it is apparently inspired by a number of viruses from yesteryear including VBS/Horty (which claimed to offer pornographic content of adult film star Jenna Jameson), 2002's MyParty email worm, and the CoolNow MSN Messenger worm."Cluley acknowledges that he has less of a clue about art than viruses, though, and takes what I interpret to be a mocking tone when he says:
"Golly. What a chance I missed entering the field of computer security rather than art criticism. A layman like me wouldn't have understood that Bonifacho "communicates and expresses essentially non-verbal thoughts and emotions abstractly, within the discipline of formalism - through colour and shape, gesture and surface.." unless I had visited his website."