New Net.Art: "Protest Pieces 1-5."

Posted by Eryk Salvaggio | Sat Sep 28th 2002 1 a.m.

Protest Pieces, 1-5
New Internet Art by Eryk Salvaggio
http://www.salsabomb.com/imf/

Photographs of IMF protests today in Washington from the AP Wire were,
set to high contrast black and white, rendered to ascii and set against
a strobe of colors based on police lights. The "images" are oversized,
so you have to explore the scene in the photograph on your own, as if it
were your point of sight. The result is a swirl of non-identifiable
outlines and data, with an occasional face. Only the most exaggerated
faces are recognizable- more subtle forms and less exaggerated
expressions lose themselves against the black or the white, in the ascii
as it is in the crowd. I had originally considered a series of these
images based on crowds I was in, physically, to examine the frightening
hydra-effect of them, but these protest images jumped out at me so I
just did them.

The irony is that it only works right with Microsoft Internet Explorer.

-e.
  • Michael Szpakowski | Sat Sep 28th 2002 1 a.m.
    Hi Eryk
    <Protest Pieces, 1-5>
    These are very effective -I especially like #2&3, the
    ones which are b&w.

    < so you have to explore the scene in the photograph
    > on your own, as if it >
    & this works in one way very well-I quite like the
    unusual 'interactivity'(much more hands on and fun
    than clicking) but part of me wondered whether it
    might have been effective to crop back just to the
    faces, so that in a way the part then stands for the
    whole.
    It's been a day of protest- I just got back from the
    fantastic 400,000 strong London anti war demo.
    Michael.

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  • D42 Kandinskij | Sat Sep 28th 2002 1 a.m.
    On Sat, 28 Sep 2002, Eryk Salvaggio wrote:

    > Protest Pieces, 1-5
    > New Internet Art by Eryk Salvaggio
    > http://www.salsabomb.com/imf/
    >
    > Photographs of IMF protests today in Washington from the AP Wire were,
    > set to high contrast black and white, rendered to ascii and set against
    > a strobe of colors based on police lights. The "images" are oversized,
    > so you have to explore the scene in the photograph on your own, as if it
    > were your point of sight. The result is a swirl of non-identifiable
    > outlines and data, with an occasional face. Only the most exaggerated
    > faces are recognizable- more subtle forms and less exaggerated
    > expressions lose themselves against the black or the white, in the ascii
    > as it is in the crowd. I had originally considered a series of these
    > images based on crowds I was in, physically, to examine the frightening
    > hydra-effect of them, but these protest images jumped out at me so I
    > just did them.

    And then what? Exploiting cheaply 'anti-war' protests?
    That must make you an incredible artist--poignant and 'of the times'.

    > The irony is that it only works right with Microsoft Internet Explorer.

    What's the 'irony' in that? Some drivel about corporations or
    Microsoft?

    `, . ` `k a r e i' ? ' D42
  • Eryk Salvaggio | Sat Sep 28th 2002 1 a.m.
    Surprise!

    -e.

    -IID42 Kandinskij @27+ wrote:

    >On Sat, 28 Sep 2002, Eryk Salvaggio wrote:
    >
    >>Protest Pieces, 1-5
    >>New Internet Art by Eryk Salvaggio
    >>http://www.salsabomb.com/imf/
    >>
    >>Photographs of IMF protests today in Washington from the AP Wire were,
    >>set to high contrast black and white, rendered to ascii and set against
    >>a strobe of colors based on police lights. The "images" are oversized,
    >>so you have to explore the scene in the photograph on your own, as if it
    >>were your point of sight. The result is a swirl of non-identifiable
    >>outlines and data, with an occasional face. Only the most exaggerated
    >>faces are recognizable- more subtle forms and less exaggerated
    >>expressions lose themselves against the black or the white, in the ascii
    >>as it is in the crowd. I had originally considered a series of these
    >>images based on crowds I was in, physically, to examine the frightening
    >>hydra-effect of them, but these protest images jumped out at me so I
    >>just did them.
    >>
    >
    > And then what? Exploiting cheaply 'anti-war' protests?
    > That must make you an incredible artist--poignant and 'of the times'.
    >
    >>The irony is that it only works right with Microsoft Internet Explorer.
    >>
    >
    > What's the 'irony' in that? Some drivel about corporations or
    > Microsoft?
    >
    >`, . ` `k a r e i' ? ' D42
    >
    >
  • D42 Kandinskij | Sun Sep 29th 2002 1 a.m.
    On Sat, 28 Sep 2002, Eryk Salvaggio wrote:

    > Surprise!

    No, eryk. Perfectly valid comments, which you're attempting to dismiss
    by presenting idiotic 'disagreements' or that I 'dislike you'.
    I neither agree nor disagree, this is not a philosophical, artistic
    or otherwise debate, I don't agree or disagree, and your idiotic
    knee-jerk is simple refusal of responsibility for your behavior.

    Your 'latest' piece is cheap exploitative propaganda.
    And that's not a matter of 'opinion'.

    `, . ` `k a r e i' ? ' D42
  • Max Herman | Sun Sep 29th 2002 1 a.m.
    I saw a weird photo of a really sexy young protester with a look on her face
    best described as that of Bernini's Theresa. She was being pushed in the
    back by an old/tall/pudgy/pasty type dude, who was trying to get protesters
    out of the street in DC. They were blocking traffic.

    I think that E.L. Doctorow's "Book of Daniel" would be a good book for
    people to re-read.

    >From: Michael Szpakowski <szpako@yahoo.com>
    >Reply-To: Michael Szpakowski <szpako@yahoo.com>
    >To: Eryk Salvaggio <eryk@maine.rr.com>, list@rhizome.org
    >Subject: Re: RHIZOME_RAW: New Net.Art: "Protest Pieces 1-5."
    >Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2002 13:23:55 -0700 (PDT)
    >
    >Hi Eryk
    ><Protest Pieces, 1-5>
    >These are very effective -I especially like #2&3, the
    >ones which are b&w.
    >
    >< so you have to explore the scene in the photograph
    > > on your own, as if it >
    >& this works in one way very well-I quite like the
    >unusual 'interactivity'(much more hands on and fun
    >than clicking) but part of me wondered whether it
    >might have been effective to crop back just to the
    >faces, so that in a way the part then stands for the
    >whole.
    >It's been a day of protest- I just got back from the
    >fantastic 400,000 strong London anti war demo.
    >Michael.
    >
    >
    >=====
    >http://www.somedancersandmusicians.com/
    >
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