March 22- 28, 2003
"This year, Version>03 is examining two forceful trends, Globalization (the merging of economies) and Singularity (the adaptation of man to machine), as seen, created, and debated by programmers, artists, scientists, activists and critical thinkers. Subtitled Technotopia vs. Technopocalypse, the five-day festival brings together emerging and leading practitioners to respond to the latest advancements in virtual reality, robotics, bioengineering, and other such technology defining our time. The festival will also examine contemporary social and political developments relating to the War in Iraq, the War on Terror and the American surveillance society."
Originally published on 03/16/03
onewordmovie "is an on-line platform which organizes, based on user-supplied terms, the flood of images on the Internet into an animated film. A word turns into images, images turn into a movie."
Essentially this work is an image based search engine much like google's or altavista's with a front layer / interface made in shockwave. The user can type any search query into the text field provided and search for images classed under these words on the internet. Once a series of images is returned they are animated algorithmically in the interface.
The projects creators say the "project plays with the tension between on-line and cinematic approaches to images" and for this reason exists in two forms. The first is browser based and the second is an installation with three screens each showing a different word search / movie. As a piece of net.art this works very well. Using the network as a sort of tv channel where the broadcast can be initially seeded while reinterpreting media freely accessible suggests that it could only exist and work online. So viewed within this context is completely appropriate.
Reasons as to why the piece is also presented as an installation, either removing the little but important interaction if aspiring to a true "cinematic" approach, or keeping it and thus denying the latter seem to be more at odds with the work. Afterall movie's aren't interactive (in the classical sense) and certainly not presented with three screens!
:: Garrett Lynch ::
Originally published on 03/14/03
Judith Villamayor develops websites based on structural strategies. Some of her pieces include Libro 2: Moma.org an eloquent appropriation of the MoMA museum website as it appeared on March 2002. She also appropriated Argentina's National Museum of Fine Arts' (mbna.org.ar) website as mnba.com.ar with careful adjustments throughout the webpages to create social commentary.
Villamayor has also pushed authorship issues by creating Bugs en el Systema. Here, avatars that she herself created helped her win a net art contest which can still be seen at arteuna.com.
:: Eduardo Navas ::