"Des frags" is a project using the resources available on the Net and to put them to a different purpose than that for which they were originally designed. For this, the project is, in appearance, very simple: using existing tools available on the web to create the final work (from/by and with the Net).
Defragmentation of the Internet by Images: With the aid of one or several “key words”: to determine the images that will be researched (mosaic modules) to recompose the image that you have submitted (the matrix). "Des frags" is a project using the resources available on the Net and to put them to a different purpose than that for which they were originally designed. For this, the project is, in appearance, very simple: using existing tools available on the web to create the final work (from/by and with the Net). “Des frags” is the defragmentation of the Internet… A multitude of information is available on the web, and this project allows all this information to coexist together in the one final image: a matrix that will serve as a global reference point of the different elements of which it is composed. “Des frags” is also a “blow” (a murder for players of video games)… meaning a “hold-up” of existing images on the Net: the appropriation of a raw material present on the web and reactivation of this “dead”, archived memory into a live, ephemeral memory.
Defragmentation of the Internet: creating the positive association of autonomous, specific and dispersed resources: diverting contingent functions to channel them towards an open finality: going beyond the discordant multiplicity of languages and types of information to make a “melting pot” with a new coherence. It all comes down to the creation of an ensemble of mutualist applications (in PHP and MySQL) allowing for the transparent circulation of the information from one pre-existing tool to another: the web based text translation engine of SystranSoft (for the automatic translation of key words from French to English), the “Yahoo” web-engine for the research of images (for the recuperation of mosaics), the “Metapixel” photomosaic composition programme (for the final rendition), a collection of image processing programmes from ImageMagick (for the degradation of the “contradictions”)… all this through a simple HTML interface. "Des frags" also uses system processing (Linux) which is brutally dissociated from its parent, with the information extracted by breaking certain “web windows” - a continuous breakage whose splinters, far-away and indeterminate, are recomposed into a familiar image.
- Year Created: 2001
- Submitted to ArtBase: Sunday Nov 11th, 2001
- Original Url: http://www.reynalddrouhin.net/rd/archive/desfrags/
- Reynald Drouhin,
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