July 27 - August 02, 2003
Processing - new work on flight404.com
Processing represents the most dramatic shift in work on Robert Hodgin's 'digital playground' flight404.com since its inception three years ago. Alongside pieces like 'ribbon' inspired by Yugo Nakamura (yugop.com), version 6 of the site features new generative work that experiments with real-time webcam filtering. Complex algorithms interpret video feed, color tracking and audio input to create exquisite environments and video imagery.
:: Neil Jenkins ::
Originally published on 07/22/03
This review for Valérie Lamontagne's new project "Sister Valérie of the Internet" came to me in the last few days via the "noemalab" mailing list and struck me as being both unique and linked to Tamara Laï's recent call for contributions to her "portrait of god" project. (see that? cross referencing!).
It's not often you see two net-art pieces on the subject of religion in the same week. Granted, they both take very different approaches. Tamara Laï's questions whether new spaces require new religions while Valérie Lamontagne's takes advantage of the bizarre online cultural phenomenon of people wanting to write about every little detail of their lives. Two artists (ironically both French speaking artists) 'using' religion in unique and interesting ways and in such a would-be godless place questions whether net art is gradually moving away from the cold inhuman style it is so often accused of having and suggests that even in new places we can never escape ourselves or our culture.
Valérie Lamontagne's "Sister Valérie of the Internet", a net-performance allowing users to confess their sins online, is the chosen "Splash Page Project" for the months of July/August on "Year Zero One". Further information, dates and times for the performance can be seen on the "Year Zero One" page or the "Sister Valérie of the Internet" project page. So, go redeem yourself!
:: Garrett Lynch ::
Originally published on 07/20/03
Maps / graphing applications of the internet have existed almost as long as the Internet itself. Originally being created only in the domain of scientists and programmers, for a few years now, net artists have been making attempts of their own to understand the structure of the space they work in.
"Flexplorer" is the latest example of such attempts by erational.org created in flash. Not without its problems (like all internet mapping systems, due to the huge task of such an undertaking), "Flexplorer" is a valid research towards an understanding of how we tend to visualize information structures on computers by using visual clues of things around us: the stem, head and petals of a flower, the spiraling outward growth of a snails shell, etc. All of the above are examples of sophistication from a central starting point and this is what "Flexplorer" does. It starts with a point on the network, a URL, and a webpage; and then spiders out via links on that page to create an ever increasing complex structure.
For me, "Flexplorer" lacks a certain artistic touch that would make it a unique vision of the network. Little is done to take it much further than I/O/D's "Web Stalker" in how it displays the webpage and its locality. In fact, it could be said that the visualization is what we have come to expect in those few years that we have been using the network and have been barraged by images of complex structures of information via popular culture. That said, this is version 1.0 of "Flexplorer" and so this is most probably one to watch out for in the future!
:: Garrett Lynch ::