Desktops are the new studio. [A few decades ago, there was] a dark cluttered mess of half-used paint tubes, gnarled brushes, and stained walls. Now we can look at these desktop images with the same memorializing curiosity – all the while trying to decode who created them.
A brief, but wonderful survey of desktop aesthetics and the art of surveying desktops by Jason Huff at Rhizome.
All said, I still find it curious that so few artists customize their desktop (icons, chrome, shell, apps, etc). Especially net artists—which seems logical, right? Apparently it’s still the domain of the “computer geek” and he/she alone.