Turbulence Commission: “[ openspace ] wilderness” by Andrew Lyman

Turbulence Commission: “[ openspace ] wilderness” by Andrew Lyman

“[ openspace ] wilderness” is a virtual nature preserve for a deserted section of internet. It is inhabited by more than 6,000 blogs that have been silent for 6 or more years. Whereas abandoned neighborhoods of cities — like Detroit  — are undergoing rewilding (to restore and protect natural processes), what manner of new life is possible for vacated internet spaces? Visitors to “[ openspace ] wilderness” are invited to tag and explore its contents, and engage with the park’s active population of predators and foragers. “[ openspace ] wilderness” is a finite and consumable space: it may be mapped and preserved, or overrun and overgrazed depending on the actions of its visitors.

“[ openspace ] wilderness” is a 2014 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence website. It was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Read Margaret Wright’s review, “Ghost In the Machine: Charting the [Forlorn] Social Network”:


Andrew Lyman is an artist, curator, programmer, and publisher. Andrew has run the Tan gallery and its sister, the Tannex since 2011 in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has worked as and with various artists, oddballs, arts organizations, and galleries over the years and hails originally from Indiana.

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