April 12 - 18, 2003

Originally published on 04/08/03
"Get-Carded" is an art e-card site that allows open submissions.

Seeing as it has common elements to banner-arts and calls for participation at the moment (i.e. the War in Iraq), I felt it should be reviewed.

Using a fairly standard Internet application, the combination of a gallery and an email system on a webpage that normally would have been a commercially orientated tool is a good example of technologies being reinterpreted through art. The site currently features 80 artists, most of whom have submitted static images (a shame). Submission is also open to the swf format (or indeed animated .gif!) to create animated or even just interactive e-cards. And who knows? Perhaps with a bit of user lobbying, the organizers might add the shockwave .dcr format--the website is still a beta!
::Garrett Lynch::

Originally Published on 04/07/03
Joseph McElroy is a "corporate performance artist." What that means
exactly I have no idea; but I do know that his latest piece--Rub Linda the right way and she might show you wonderland--has caused quite a stir on both the Thingist list and Rhizome.

Many have been dismissive of the work, seeing it as an exploitation of Iraq's dead. I'm more inclined to see it as a thoroughly American work--in fact, a work that uses the American thirst for sensationalism against the ideology of war. It's directly related to Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty--a piece to shock us out of our desensitized shells.

Is it exploitation or art? Have a look and decide for yourself.
::Lewis LaCook::

Originally published on 04/03/03
is an open source project using flash actionscripts to create painterly still images. Those interested in contributing to the project can download the scripts and instructions from the website. The artist statement reads:

"Wirescapes 1.0 is an exploration of the machine as conduit to the art idea. Interaction with the Virtual Sculpture Interface allows for the generation of infinite form and fleeting moments of beauty and chaos. The VSI provides for the creation of a digital 'action painting' and presents opportunities for the user to see what is in the moment and to capture that instant of 'seeing differently.'"

Using the same actionscript to create a diverse set of images inevitably points back to Duchamp, who often referred to the tube of paint as a readymade. Today, net art's readymade is the script; whether it's actionscript, javascript or Lingo, in the end, it comes down to making a choice. So contribute your own net readymade now.
Artist: John Vega
::Eduardo Navas::