Constant Dullaart

Constant Dullaart (Leiderdorp, 1979) is a Dutch conceptual artist whose work is deeply connected to the Internet. He is known for his work series Jennifer in Paradise which "seeks to expose the technological structures that inform modern visual culture. He is also known for distributing 2.5 million bought Instagram followers amongst a personal selection of active art-world Instagram accounts. He was awarded the Prix Net Art late 2015 with the following jury statement; "“The fluidity of boundaries between artist and tech communities and questions of authorship, virtuosity, and the performativity of art in a mediated environment are an important aspect of the work of the winner of the 2015 Prix Net Art, Constant Dullaart. Dullaart’s work stays firmly yet defiantly within the realm of contemporary art, but from a position profoundly informed by the conditions of new media networks—technical as well as cultural, social, economical, and political networks. Dullaart strives for an honest, respectful, yet unembellished approach to the materials and conditions of the network. At the same time his work is full of humor, wit, and critical commentary.” A 4 month long durational performance commissioned by Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt got the attention of several media outlets when Dullaart raised a virtual army of thousands of fake Facebook profiles, using the names of Hessian (soldier)s from the Hetrina archive of the Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen.