200 OK is a horticultural unit made of Sesleria plants. A live internet video stream shows the site of the installation embedded in natural and social (inter)actions over three months. The installation is made in form of a low-resolution screen reading the text “200 OK”. The surroundings of the art installation are captured in such a manner by the camera that the plant-shaped letters 200 OK are placed in a centralized position at the bottom of the image acting as a film subtitle. 200 OK is part of the Internet Error Messages series of artworks that has been developed by Darko Fritz since 2001. In particular, the message “200 OK” is a status code showing that the request has succeeded. The information returned with the response is dependent on the method used in the request. The interpretation of the work “200 OK” is open, and doesn’t necessary fit into any single interpretation frame.
Horticulture unit 200 OK is supervised by landscape architect Inga
Langenfelde, Botanical Garden of University of Latvia.
Webcast fron the Botanical Garden: http://184.108.40.206/
Darko Fritz is an artist, independent curator and researcher. His work bridges over the gulf between contemporary art, media art and network culture, taking up topics such as the glitch, error, and surveillance. Recently he has been developing horticultural units in public spaces. His curatorial work and research on New Tendencies and early computer art has earned international acclaim with exhibitions at Neue Galerie Graz (2007) and ZKM (2009).