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Curated by Rhys Sharp
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More and more of the pages on the internet are moving toward complex interactivity. Many of the pieces on this site claim to be interactive. Ok, so one clicks a link, an image, or any combination of the two, and the page reacts. I would rather be able to change or customize a particular piece. This exhibit will focus on certain art works on this site that are interactive to the point where something new is created each time. These artworks nearly require human interaction. Furthermore, I would like to focus on the fact that the new transformed piece that is created from human interaction is only temporary. In most instances, the custom piece disappears when the browser window is closed. The end results could be completely different each time the artwork is opened.<br /> <br /> The first piece, SwarmSketch by Peter Edmunds, is a digital canvas that allows the visitors of the site to contribute to the overall art work. The catch is that only a small amount of line length per visit. After one draws his/her line, they are allowed to vote on the opacity of the other lines on the digital canvas. In the end, the opacity is decided by the average of each lines vote. This means that a line you draw could essentially voted off of the canvas. The topic is decided by the site and is refreshed every week.<br /> <br /> The second piece, myAvatar=myChuckClose by C.J. Yeh, is a program that allows users to create an Avatar in the style of Chuck Close. The user can customize everything from face shape to expression lines on their face. Once the piece is complete, the character is rendered into a Chuck Close version. If you can’t recall what Chuck Close is famous for, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Close<br /> <br /> The third piece, audioTagger by Eva Sjuve, is a “mobile-phone-sound-art-geocoding-in-space project.” The piece allows people to send in audio clips recorded on their cell phones. When one submits an audio clip, audioTagger asks that they send in the address where the clip was taken. The site shows a phone icon and allows the user to play any combination of the sound files at once.<br /> <br /> The fourth piece, Eisenstein’s Monster by Chris Joseph, is customizable video collage which allows the user to “play God” and create their own monster. Each video piece can be resized and rotated. One can also press the auto-button and the computer creates a random monster.

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