April 5 - 11, 2003

Originally published on 03/31/03
In the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo, there's at the moment a remarkable exhibition going on with the name "Skrevet i stein. En net.art arkeologi."

The show is about the heroic time of net-dot art, that in the first place seemed to be the time of ironic statements. An example of this is the physical dot of net-art that is shown on a velvet pillow at the entrance of the exhibition. Besides that, you can also see a lot of physical net-dot art artifacts like an Etoy Lego van or a Vuk Cosic's ascii, Deep Throat t-shirt. Completely in the line of net-dot art, there's a whole computer / print installation that lets you construct the exhibition catalogue yourself. Just select what you want in it; print and bind it right away; and you have your own personal net-dot art catalogue that even has its own official ISBN number.

Except for the essay "The Dot on a Velvet Pillow - Net.art Nostalgia and net art today" by critic Josephine Bosma, the whole site is in Norwegian. From what I understood, all essays will soon appear in English. So, if you are interested in the essays by Per Platou, Grethe Melby or Anne Lise Wullum, you should check the site later.
Peter Luining ::

Originally published on 03/30/03
Mediamixer is not a new piece of work but it is highly relevant due to current events and allegations that the media are once again influencing both politic and social events like never before.

During the Gulf War, masses of criticism were hurled upon CNN for making the war a televised event. This time its Al-Jazeera, the Quatar-based channel, who are being accused of unsound broadcasting techniques. Mediamixer is a step toward a liberalization of the media using notable new media techniques. An "interactive multimedia project series blurring the boundaries between the traditional dissemination of 'News' media and new forms of artist-created media manipulation mixers," its aim is to allow users to create their own interpretations of news events.

While it uses a mass of plug-ins, this project lacks on several points: nothing is live or even really 'seeded' by the user; so, while you can mix your own news, the choices are highly edited by the news corporations who have made the original source material (and the copyright to this?), as well the artist who has pre-selected the sounds, videos etc. for the user to use. All in all, though it's an interesting collage, it shows little progress from the days of Braque and Picasso using newspapers in their collage-based works.
Garrett Lynch ::

Originally published on 03/30/03
E-commerce being as ubiquitous as it has been in the last few years, it's become a great target for artistic appropriation. Kate Armstrong's CATALOGUE: Spring 2003: Nothingness appropriates the structure and spirit of many shopping-cart-driven e-commerce sites while injecting a strong vein of humor into the transaction.

Users can find virtually nothing in this catalogue and purchase it at a very low price. My favorite bit of DHTML jollity that Armstrong has coded here is the drop-down menu in the "Loop" section of the piece. Select from an array of options (such as "The feeling of Overwhelming Disuse") and click on "Search," and you'll be directed to a corresponding e-commerce site which has already been queried for your selection.

It is a wonderful parody of contemporary internet protocol, at least from the business side. I can only wonder:will Kate accept coupons for this site?

:: Lewis LaCook ::

Originally published on 03/29/03
I remember my first giddy experience with a computer. I was six years old and my brother got a $50 Vic20 from Toys R' Us in the early 80's. If I was lucky, he'd let me spend hours copying a program from a manual. If I typed everything right, we'd be rewarded with a little flashing box or maybe a euphoric beep or two.

Such was the nostalgic excitement I felt when stumbling upon the hypnotizing Can-D.org by Berlin's own Markus Kleine-Vehn. There's an assortment of mini projects which feature moving shapes, bleeping blips, and even the historic 09112001 dialed over and over again on the telephone keypad (this seems to be the only project which refers to a specific event).

The simplicity and antiquity of the shapes and sounds will awaken your inner computer child and provide a welcome retreat to a simpler time.

Artist: Markus Kleine-Vehn
:: Kristen Palana ::