12 June 2012

Cloaque.org



Cloaque.org is a really interesting collaborative project founded by Carlos Saez. It consists in an endless vertical collage hosted on a tumblr platform where artists are invited to continue the previous work making that column bigger and bigger.
What I love here is the freedom to work on,  no rules for the artists participating. The visitor can find a lot of different based works and styles such as collages from internet researches, sculptural tridimensional objects, illustration, photography.. everything is following that vertical direction and is arranged by artist, the different pieces are joined in some way because of the new collaborator. Actually I put into the post some images from these intersections.  Carlos Saez tells us more about Cloaque.org. See more;

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Describe the project itself please
Cloaque is a collaborative project on tumblr. Artists from anywhere compose a vertical and continuous collage as a “cadavre exquisite”. It was created originally as a digital landfill: A place to collect, treat and join together digital trash that we find on the internet. But each artist can just continue the collumn on his/her way. Collaborators are 100% free to upload whatever they want.




TASPARU BY ISAACYMANU continuing CMD ALT M
 
Who is behind of cloaque?
Claudia Maté and me (Carlos Saez) started the project. Cloaque looks like this because of her. She is my last discovering, my favorite work mate. Now there are more people behind of the project. Actually, everyone who has already collaborated or is going to do it,  it's behind of Cloaque.



CMD ALT M BY EMILIO GOMARIZ continuing AURUM


How/when did the project start? 
We launched it last January, but I created the idea some months before. I asked Claudia to do the website and she really liked the project. Her ideas fitted so good with cloaque that I asked her not only to work for, but also to be part of. From that moment Cloaque had a father and a mother and the concept turned 180º.

Where does the name came from, or what does cloaque mean?
Cloaque is a french word. Is a part from the excretory system from birds and some reptiles. Is the place where excrements, urine and sperm meet. It means also cesspit. But before to know all this, it was a fetiche word I had, even ignoring if it was existing. It does not only exist, but also fits with the idea of the project.




AURUM BY CLAUDIA MATE continuing THANK YOU

How does it work?
We contact people we like, or they contact us to continue the collumn. It can be artists of any media and they can post whatever they want. We just tell them some “instructions” like size, formats..
The idea is that during the days they are working on, cloaque.org belongs to them. Usually they publish one post (part) per day until finishing the whole piece and then another collaborator continues the latest piece by connecting it somehow with his/her own.

What kind of content is it possible to upload?
Everything, there are not esthetic cannons or favorite disciplines. It’s not necessary to post just images or GIFs, everything the collaborator can embed through an iframe is welcome.




THANK YOU BY LORENA PRAIN continuing BLING LOVER HD 

Have you been inspired by anything to create it?
Google Images gave me the idea. To look for something, type it and get thousands of not related, non sense and stupid images made me fall in the idea of “digital trash”. Thats how I decided to create a digital landfill.




BLING LOVER HD BY ALAN SCHAFFER continuing DOWNLOAD MUSIC FROM TURBO SLIME


tumblr is a great customizable platform, we are seeing lately stunning customized tumblrs, cloaque.org is one of them, do you know any other tumblr or website based on the collage form?
Hypergeography.com by Joe Hamilton is incredible. This is just beyond! Not really as an usual collage, but also an amazing idea is thirozumi.tumblr.com. Claudia updates me with everything since we are working together, and this two are my favorites.




HEAVEN MELT BY CARLOS SAEZ




Future of the project?
Get super fucking rich with it still don’t know how and eat every day outside. Also to continue meeting and working with incredible artists.