Tumblr artist Daniel Kolitz takes the electricity out of the internet with these paper collages of popular websites.
Perhaps the most important piece of infrastructure for 21st Century artistic and intellectual conversation, the internet is also an information superhighway for oft-bemoaned clickbait, tired memes, and annoying messages from casual acquaintances. With all the cacophonous chatter by the internet, about the internet, on the internet, it’s only natural that someone, somewhere would reject the whole thing altogether, and craft biting commentary about the worst of the web with the least-digital medium of all: paper.
That artist is Daniel Kolitz, creator of The Printed Internet. Printing out web pages from all corners of the world-wide internet, Kolitz pastes his own words and images onto these now non-digital backdrops. News sites, social networks, and even banner ads are fair game, subject to Kolitz's scissors, paste, and wry wit.
In a parody of Buzzfeed, Kolitz lampoons the “reimagined Disney Princess” craze with, “Disney Princesses Reimagined As Alienated Brooklyn Longshoremen from the 1950s.” Below the recognizable logo and snarky headline, Kolitz has crudely glued the faces of Disney princesses (in full color) onto a black and white photo of angry Brooklynites protesting in the streets. The absurd image calls upon the multitude of Disney princess mashups (like this one we posted back in May) that have come and gone through the viral content machine— but then you realize that it’s not even the weirdest one yet.
The irony of The Printed Internet is that it uses Tumblr, one of the very websites it parodies, to reach its audience. It speaks to the internet's pervasive nature that sometimes, to cope with its intrinsic information overload, you have to add to it.