The Offline Website Project (TOWP) is a domestic disruption of the distributed logic of the global web. Meant to run locally only in the computer where these sites are created and hosted, TOWP users need to physically travel to the home of the artist and participate in a site-specific experiencing of these digital works. TOWP sites are thus unique material objects: non-replicable, non-sharable, non-transferrable; they are ingrained in a place and a concrete home computer. Yet their existence is virtual and layered like the digital machine. Domestic constrains imply that TOWP sites will rarely be experienced in their true interactive form and, like with any other performative discipline thus, access to them is limited to video documentation.
TOWP’s webiness is stripped from the global network to be rooted, deeply, at home.
“beauty routine” is part of TOWP and is a poetic commentary on the possibility of thinking beauty only in local terms, seeing beauty as always pertaining to a physical body. As most of my work, this involves thinking about my own displacement and beauty (as a foreign female body in the USA) and how this relates to the larger spaces I occupy and the environmental impact of my occupation. —Hugs, Alex