mouchette has a posse (2001)

An archive documenting a series of full-screen collaborative visual hacks instigated by the artist at dreamless.org, a semi-public bulletin board for web designers.

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This is an archive documenting a series of full-screen collaborative visual hacks I instigated at dreamless.org, a semi-public bulletin board for web designers created and moderated by Joshua Davis of praystation.com fame.

The first hack was to a thread called "Faces to Names -- Part 2." There had already been a "faces to names" thread with hundreds of designers posting their faces for all to see. That first thread had gotten so large that a second thread was begun to continue the process. Nedless to say, it ended in tears.

This and subsequent "hacks" led to outraged objections within the dreamless community, which led to more collaborative hacking, more counter-hacking, and the eventual "hiding" of the bulletin board itself (not from the hackers, but from the outraged objectors).

Technically, these are not hacks, since html coding capabilities were purosefully allowed in these particular forums. Davis, the board's moderator, was actually pleased with the hacks, which of course made the outraged objectors even more outraged.

As each hacked thread grows in size, its code gets more and more unstable, until eventually a visit to these "live" threads crashes your browser. These screenshots were gleaned at various phases of interest before each thread's inevitable demise.

Some of the collaged source images are called in from third party sites out on the web. Other source images are created by the designers themselves, specifically to be used in the hacks. These hack-specific images are then stored on the designer's personal site and called in to the threads by that designer when she posts her code. I myself like calling in screenshots of previous collages. Some of these images were animated gifs, and many of these threads had attendant Flash audio loops (but of course the audio and the animations are lost in the screenshots).

This is a work in progress. The "hacking" continues, and more screenshots will be added when I have the time/inclination.

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