April 26- May 2, 2003

Originally published on 04/23/03
The second Net Art Open Exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art is underway. This year, one hundred net artists with a total of 178 links exhibit their work on-line. In addition to submitting a personal site, the artists were asked to recommend a not-so-well-known website.

The only downside of the exhibit is that some of the participating artists recommended well known websites -- or at least websites by well known net artists such as Mark Amerika, Natalie Bookchin, and Mark Napier; even Matthew Barney, who is not related to net art but to performance, video and installation, made it to the recommended list. It is hard to assess the reasons why some of the participants opted to suggest 'the usual suspects,' when the
Irish Museum is offering an arena for true diversity. However, this is not the case for most participants as quite a few great -- but not so well known -- web projects were recommended.
:: Eduardo Navas

Originally published on 4/23/03
Commissioned by Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland for the Festival at Queen's in 2002, 'Invisible Cities' by Various Artists is an Installation "comprising: 8.54 x 2.44 m Inkjet Panels, 20 x CD Players, 20 x Headphones and 20 x 5 Minute Audio Loops." Curated and published by Fallt" an independent publishing house specializing in experimental music, fine art, design and criticism," the entire collection has been online--free to download in mp3--for a few months now but will only stay for a limited period. The audio collection is "an intimate series of portraits" of a selection of "the world's cities painted with sound." Real gems include 'Recorded Delivery' (London) by Janek Schaefer, '11.09.02' (New York) by Taylor Deupree and 'Untitled (DC)' (Washington) by Richard Chartier.
:: Garrett Lynch ::

Originally published on 4/23/03
"DESSINE MOI" (draw me) is a series of automats (non-interactive) created by Joachim Lapotre. It's a simple but effective visual study on short rule-based systems, the purpose being "to synthesize some graphic movements/styles/shapes and then combine it with random generators into logic based systems." This type of work has been created many times before (probably the most famous being those created by turux.org ) yet it remains as essential to understanding basic computers principles such as cut and paste, looping, conditional structures, and code execution order as life-drawing classes are to understanding form, texture, and light and shade. These are steps in a learning process and no doubt we will be seeing more from Joachim Lapotre in the not too distant future.
:: Garrett Lynch ::

Loops have been a driving force behind moving images since the beginning of Cinema. Today, animated graphics on the web are completely dependent on loops to work efficiently.

A website that has been offering excellent looped animations for some time now is Modern Living; here, one can find a range of Flash and Gif animations that expose existential angst. Make sure to click around as much as possible, as you will find a lonely character fighting and/or condoning interactivity with a drive that could only be possible through relentless repetition. In Modern Living, a simple algorithmic conditional becomes a way to get up in everyday life.
:: Eduardo Navas ::

Originally published on 04/16/03
Paul Thayer is a net artist from Iceland whose core work evolves around sound, computers and the internet. His latest piece PANSE is an MP3 streaming audio program with a TCP server running at port 6667 that allows for multi-user, real-time interaction. An example of this real-time interaction is the Flash movie on the front page that allows you to change the sound, but it should be noted that you should be streaming sound if you actually want to hear this. Access to the server is completely open so anyone who has a bit of knowledge of programming can create an interface, in Flash for instance, to control the audio program. But PANSE can do more. On this page, you can find a small collection of experiments with the PANSE server by Paul Thayer. Besides all this active input, you can, of course, also choose to listen to the MP3 stream.
:: Peter Luining ::