So you like net art. And you wish you could "collect" it. But how does one go about purchasing a slippery, non-physical work of art, even by a recognized artist who works with pixels and programs? Check out Art Cart. At this site, you can get a collector's edition of Teo Spiller's "Trash Can" (pictured) along with a print, or have Valery Grancher paint a screen shot of a web site. The shopping's online of course...it's fun to browse, and a work of conceptual net art in itself.
Violence is certainly common among all people...so is it possible to derive an aesthetic that can communicate the universality of the horrors of crime? Motomichi Nakamura's "Qrime" is an episodic series of short Flash animations that uses the basic color scheme of red, black and white and a simple, angular set of graphics to express the "feel" of violence efficiently to site visitors from any culture. The seven episodes are presented in a non-linear sequence that makes one think about the randomness and unpredictable nature of so much violent crime.
Opening tonight at the New Museum's Zenith Media Lounge in Manhattan: "Open_Source_Art_Hack," which is open to the public from May 3- June 30. This group show will look at some of the hottest issues in computing culture today: hacking, open source ethics, and more. Not just a static museum show, the programming features tours by the Surveillance Camera Players; a performance by Critical Art Ensemble; an installation by Knowbotic Research; a Free Radio Linux broadcast by r a d i o q u a l i a; and much, much more. The extravaganza was put together by Steve Dietz, Curator of New Media, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Jenny Marketou, a New York-based artist, in collaboration with Anne Barlow, Curator of Education and Media Programs, New Museum of Contemporary Art.
Stanza's "The Central City" takes you on a wild ride through an urban landscape based on digital images and recorded sounds of London, towers, streets, and all. Navigate through networks and grids much as you would through streets and alleyways. But this metropolis is actually a melange of issues that are raised in the urban dweller's mind. You may start seeing the similarities between a design encountered on this site and the veins in a leaf rather than just concrete boulevards. This metaphorical experience is intentional. Of course the way that you navigate, as you would in the real London, is up to you. Don't get lost...although if you do, you'll have fun.
It's a bit like a Nine Inch Nails video...and a bit like Poe's poetry. Yet it's something totally different. But also like both of those things combined. It's "Distillates," a recent online work produced by a five year old outfit called Texturadesign, that offers up a combo of digital video, text, eerie images, and other features to create a moody piece of art. A three-stanza poem gradually unfurl across abstract images. It's not like reading a book, not like reading film titles, not even so much like reading hypertext fiction. So how do we categorize such literary works? Do we need to?
If you're in Los Angeles this Sunday, drop by Rocco in Hollywood for "In Our Image: Extreme Genetics," a Rhizome.LA event. A heated panel discussion is sure to take place between Natalie Bookchin, Cheryl Kerfeld, David Kremers, and Ruth West. The group will chat about such controversial topics as animals with vegetable genes and vice versa, getting oneself cloned, and how art can or can't make a difference in the debates on man-altered biology. Rocco's is at 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. (just west of Vine St.), and everything starts at 5pm. Bring $5-10 for the sliding scale donation.
Christophe Bruno devised a way to turn online ads into poetry...and was subsequently censored by Google. The concept was to "launch a happening on the web," via Google AdWords . Bruno spent five bucks to open an account to buy some keywords. Instead of writing a small block of text to correspond with the keyword (the service is intended as a means for advertising products related to the keyword) Bruno wrote short, often funny "poems." In only one day, 12,000 people read the postings...for the words "symptom," "dream," "mary," and "money."
Eric Deis's art work "Beauty and Chaos" is a multi-user environment that involves both cyber space and physical space. Based on real time user data, music and images are generated and projected and played in a gallery when information is received from the "Beauty and Chaos" web site. This website features a multi-user drawing interface where people all around the world can draw simultaneously. Everything created by a web site visitor is sent as raw data to the gallery where it is processed by a computer. Based on this data, the computer composes an impromptu musical score and generates an impromptu, ever-evolving image.