IP-III (2002)

The basic idea of this network project is to create an internet space, which does not relate to geographical information as it usually does (cf. traffic visualization tools), but instead derives directly from the internet-specific code of the IP numbers. The binary code of the IP addresses will be transferred into coordinates in space, and in this manner can produce a 3-dimensional structure that corresponds to the inherent spatial language of the internet.

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The work deals with the visualization of the intrinsic spatial qualities of the web. An intrinsic spatial structure of the World Wide Web should be developed which corresponds to the internet. The basic idea of this network project is to create an internet space, which does not relate to geographical information as it usually does (cf. traffic visualization tools), but instead derives directly from the internet-specific code of the IP numbers. The binary code of the IP addresses will be transferred into coordinates in space, and in this manner can produce a 3-dimensional structure that corresponds to the inherent spatial language of the internet. By using the online user as coordinates in space, the produced space modifies itself in real time, along with the behavior of its visitor. This way a virtual map is produced in which an autogenic network space is described, somewhat like a spatial map of a virtual internet space. The starting point of this endeavor is a website ( for example: www.rhizome.com ). All users, who are connected to this website, respectively their IP-numbers influence the network project in real time, and their data is utilized for the advancement of the process. The dynamic conduct of the produced space is defined by the number and habit of the users. At the website www.ip-3.org you can see the creation of virtuatl space in time. Through the users presence on the website the online user produces the corresponding points in space, which are perceived by the audience in the form of projected coordinates in space.

Network Installation by Annja Krautgasser (c) 2002 Programming: Rainer Mandl, Sepp Deinhofer, Michael Aschauer

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