Walk, do not Surf, the Web


The artist group Tsunamii is not surfing the web figuratively but walking it literally. As part of a project for art show Documenta 11, Tsunamii is walking from Documenta headquarters in Kassel, Germany, to their web server in Kiel. As they travel the 500-km route, a GPS (Global Positioning System) tracks their location and initiates a series of web browsing movements viewable in a Documenta gallery. Tsunamii's desire: to foreground the physical make-up (hardware, cables, and backbones) of the Internet instead of its often hyped virtuality. And there is even more: issues concerning access and boundaries arise as '403: Forbidden Access' and '404: Page not Found' errors dominate this webwalk. --Brooke Singer