November 02 - 08, 2003

Evelyne Rogue reviews Connected, an online project by Mbarak, in her essay A la rencontre de l'Autre. She takes on philosophical questions of the self and the Other, and what it is means to be part of a network. To learn more about Connected please visit Artcogitan's special feature page. The essay is written in French and appears in .pdf format (download plug-in if necessary) with permission from the writer.





Originally published on 10/24/03
FMS, or FragMental Storm "is a software which carries out WWW searches displaying the data disjointedly;" in other words, it’s a visual internet browser.

Created by the collective Exonemo, which is formed by Kensuke Sembo and Yae Akaiwa, the work is a pure abstraction of the network. Through movement, color, and form, the work shows the fickle nature of an ever-changing space by continuously changing itself.

Former Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention's is just one of several pieces worth noting (including rgb f__cker and TRACK:0) from the collective's site that is well worth a look.
::Garrett Lynch ::

Originally published on 10/16/03

Ubiquity - Existence or apparent existence everywhere at the same time; omnipresence: “the repetitiveness, the selfsameness, and the ubiquity of modern mass culture (Theodor Adorno). "

This is the official definition of ubiquity according to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. With this concept in mind, we have the traveling exhibition La Conquista de la Ubuquidad (The conquest of Ubiquity) presenting an international set of artists that seem to have been carefully selected to present net art as a global form of communication. Many of the art works were developed in the late nineties.  Among many others, the exhibition includes works by Jodi.org, Mark Amerika, Pavu.com and Critical Art Emsemble. The exhibition is accompanied by a nice set of theoretical essays by well recognized theoreticians, like Hal Foster, Steve Dietz, as well as Lev Manovich and Timothy Druckey.

::Eduardo Navas::