:: Saturday, February 22, 2003 ::
Martin Wattenberg has developed a simple net piece resembling Alexander Calder's sculptures. If anyone has never seen an actual Calder art work, then Living Mobile II is the perfect on-line experience. Each element's movement is very well balanced thereby giving a realistic sense of weight and volume. A very minimal yet extremely complicated project.:: Friday, February 21, 2003 ::
If your looking for books on new media, net.art and cyberculture topics the best place to look is the Resource Center For Cyberculture Studies. Technically a list of books, papers and resources published by the University of Washington for their Department of communication, however accessible by the general public, this list is the most comprehensive on the internet. It covers books not just in English, but also French, German and Italian with reviews and responses to the reviews by the authors from time to time. If only all universities made their resources publically accessible like this!!
When viewing Flight 404, one may wonder if it is some sort of fictional narrative. The basic premise is of an airplane flight that simply vanished. To this day, Flight 404 has been able to shift in refreshing and unpredictable ways as it currently features its fifth installment. An interesting section that should be visited is the passengers's manifest -- the link is at the top of the splash interface. Flight 404 is intriguing because of its combination of graphic design and art aesthetics. As some readers may know, these creative areas are not always in full harmony when claiming creative grounds. But Flight 404 is a great hybrid.
ascii art is one of the earliest net art genres. A good webring to look into to better understand the aesthetics supporting this art form is ascii Arts Ring. ascii stands for "American Standard Code for Information Interchange." Those interested in learning about ascii codes go to the ascii table.:: Thursday, February 20, 2003 ::
Jorge Luiz Antonio has developed an extremely and perhaps over the top "stupid" little net piece that makes mousing over a futile endeavor. Interrogasom could be considered a website making fun of the quest for possibilities that artists often yearn for. If anything, the simplicity of this project points to the dependency on language to create meaning.
The Golden Pixel awards - Application deadline 28th February 2003.:: Wednesday, February 19, 2003 ::
For any of you interested in the depiction of current real world events by net.artists in the virtual one, three items passed by my inbox this week which are reactionary in differing and unique ways.
FUTURE PHYSICAL PRESENTS BIO & ECO-TECH NETWORK EXCHANGES
Peter Horvarth has created an amazing quicktime net installation called Either Side of an Empty Room. The introduction presents the net project as an abstract self-portrait. The narrative, however, is so open ended that the idea of portraiture is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind, but rather more universal humanist issues such as the quest for meaning. A fast connection is needed to properly view this project. It is really an amazing treat to watch various windows appear as the narrative evolves. Quicktime has never looked better.:: Tuesday, February 18, 2003 ::
In Everything.Net artist Don Ritter attempts to calculate every possible number and combination of thoughts, persons, societies, objects and histories.
Tamara Lai is making her final call for paticipation for the online project "URBANGS", see text below for futher information or visit the site
Annie Abrahams is interested in people's personal relationships with computers. In Being Human, Abrahams explores the idea of relationships through Greek, French, and English languages. Realplayer clips reassure the user about unspecifed matters, while other sections of the website asks to explain if one is, or is not a work of art. Other pages ask if one would like to kiss the computer, and then have the computer kiss one back. Abrahams has also developed Separation a site that is sensitive to mouse clicking. Both sites expose the preocupation with the computer's influence in how humans define themselves as "human."
b-l-u-e-s-c-r-e-e-n.net is a website over-emphasizing net interactivity. It consists of several repeated links lined up in columns, reading from left to right. The net project relies on literal readings, that is the links specifically perform what the text describes. Some of the pages include puns on flash loaders, a browser showing the html code of webpages, and playful sets of folders that disappear as one mouses over them. Bluescreen is nonsensical net poetry that at every turn tests the user's patience. One should be prepared to spend some time on this website.:: Monday, February 17, 2003 ::
On Sunday February 16, Ian Clarke lectured on freenetproject.org at C-level in Los Angeles. The freenetproject is yet another peer to peer network that is actually very efficiently decentralized. Unlike Napster which was very much centralized by having all information requests going through a main point, and Kazaa and Limewire's dependency on "superusers's" bandwidth for swapping files, freenet relies on a constant flow of information which moves from peer to peer. It is probably the most efficient way for staying anonymous on the net, and definitely worth checking out.
Ceci n'est pas un mensonge (It is not a Lie) is a website completely dependent on obessive mouse clicking. The more one clicks the more distorted the images become. When first entering the website, a series of architectural structures are presented. The architectural spaces are complemented by squarish caption bubbles that are often found in comic books. If the user clicks long enough the images become completely pixelated, and this seems to point to how meaning can keep "running" and reshaped through rhetoric. A muffled frantic sound composition emphasizes the abstract references to distorted communication.:: Sunday, February 16, 2003 ::
Collective Presence is an interactive project combining recent reality TV aesthetics and 1990's interactive performance art processes. After surfing the Collective Presence website, one is left wondering how the project incorporates performance artist Stelarc's interest in body experience but in a safer way than his performances. Contemporary performance art seems to be heavily influenced by entertainment value. Much like pop art borrowed from mainstream culture in the 1960's, now net-art borrows from popular TV shows.