Some Surreal Tennis leaps the Net

Coudal Partners is the arena for a strange new world of Internet-inspired artistry: PhotoShop Tennis. It’s been partly inspired by the phenomenon of digital photo manipulation which has emerged in the last few years, the most notable being the ‘tourist guy’ and the ensuing one-upmanship (see here). The rules are explained thus:

It’s a pretty simple idea really. One player emails a photoshop document to the other containing a single layer. Each player progressively adds a layer until the match is over, either by time, withdrawal or mutual consent. A guest adds comments in real time and the people watching vote for a winner.

It’s all frightfully arty, and you probably need to know a little about photoshop filters to fully appreciate it, but it’s another example of my favourite net topic; ‘collaborative creativity’. Some of the matches are truly beautiful.