Travis Hallenbeck (b. 1981, Atlanta, Georgia) is an internet-based artist who is currently living and working between Baltimore and New York. He received a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Georgia in 2004. As a primary member of the seminal surf club, Nasty Nets, collections of online ephemera and user content have joined his art practice along with painterly icon graphics, lowgrade cell phone "pix" and scans, websites, rpg games, and other works made with basic, often PC-based software such as KidPix, MSPaint, and the creative options in video games like Total Distortion.
His Kidpix video featuring a lizard and ambiguously reggae-ish loop has strangely become one of his most well-known works.
He also composes experimental music in the MIDI format, trolling through countless archives of filenames and running them through offbeat sequences to create comedic, pathetic and bittersweet midi concrete soundscapes.
Recent book releases include Flickr Favs and TinyPic Mobile Video Thumbnails, in which the everyday cam actions of countless users are captured and poured together, tenement-style, into efficient grid-like pages of thumbnail images.
He has also released a text-only book called Twitter Faves.
His main archive, Another Unknown Time, appears like an archeological record from the very recent but already "totally obsolete" American period in which personal computers were just taking off, one that seems embarrasingly ancient.
You can also find him on Twitter.
His work has been exhibited at Telic Arts Exchange, The New York Underground Film Festival, Nasty Nets Video Mix at Art Dubai, Nasty Nets @ The Sundance Film Festival, Eyebeam, and And/Or Gallery.