Launch of Catalogue: Spring 2003: Nothingness

Posted by Kate Armstrong | Sat Mar 29th 2003 7:35 p.m.

I'm pleased to announce the launch of my new project CATALOGUE: Spring 2003: Nothingness at http://www.surreytechlab.ca/catalogue/website/index.html.

CATALOGUE: Spring 2003: Nothingness is a net.art work that uses description, image, email and javascript to interrogate some of the cultural and mechanical forms that operate in online shopping. The work is designed to exist on a parallel plane with commercial shopping sites and to offer a menu of small interventions that extend outward into the world. The theme of nothingness was chosen for the Spring catalogue in order to defamiliarize common structures found in online shops by substituting imaginary objects, states of being, and existential drama for regular items and marketing strategies.

Spring 2003: Nothingness was realized during the Techlab digital media artist-in-residence program at the Surrey Art Gallery http://surreytechlab.ca

Next in the series will be the Fall Catalogue, which is being funded through a New Media production grant from the Canada Council for the Arts http://canadacouncil.ca

Kate Armstrong
http://katearmstrong.com
  • Jim Andrews | Sun Mar 30th 2003 1:40 a.m.
    This is one of the best realized HTML/DHTML pieces I've encountered that focusses on writing,
    Kate, and is not ignorant of design or programming. And the use of image, email, and javascript
    focusses the piece on writing also.

    What seems to happen too often in hypertextual work is that the writing itself is weak. Or the
    design defocusses the writing. Or debases it. Or the design is slick but irrelevant to the
    meaning of the writing. Or the design is simple-minded. Very rarely is the writing good while
    the design and programming complement the work.

    I used to take the subway in Toronto from Pape to Yonge and Queen, and would exit through Eatons
    Centre, lots of stores. Have been sitting here musing about a Nothingness 'store'. Um, maybe
    further down Queen street.

    ja

    > I'm pleased to announce the launch of my new project CATALOGUE: Spring 2003:
    > Nothingness at http://www.surreytechlab.ca/catalogue/website/index.html.
    >
    >
    > CATALOGUE: Spring 2003: Nothingness is a net.art work that uses description, image,
    > email and javascript to interrogate some of the cultural and mechanical forms that
    > operate in online shopping. The work is designed to exist on a parallel plane with
    > commercial shopping sites and to offer a menu of small interventions that extend
    > outward into the world. The theme of nothingness was chosen for the Spring catalogue
    > in order to defamiliarize common structures found in online shops by substituting
    > imaginary objects, states of being, and existential drama for regular items and
    > marketing strategies.
    >
    >
    > Spring 2003: Nothingness was realized during the Techlab digital media
    > artist-in-residence program at the Surrey Art Gallery http://surreytechlab.ca
    >
    > Next in the series will be the Fall Catalogue, which is being funded through a New
    > Media production grant from the Canada Council for the Arts http://canadacouncil.ca
    >
    > Kate Armstrong
    > http://katearmstrong.com
  • Lewis LaCook | Sun Mar 30th 2003 3:24 a.m.
    inspirational!!!
    ---i get a lot of ideas for things looking at this, kate////

    lovely script, too....

    bliss
    l

    > I'm pleased to announce the launch of my new project CATALOGUE: Spring
    > 2003: Nothingness at
    > http://www.surreytechlab.ca/catalogue/website/index.html.
    >
    >
    > CATALOGUE: Spring 2003: Nothingness is a net.art work that uses
    > description, image, email and javascript to interrogate some of the
    > cultural and mechanical forms that operate in online shopping. The
    > work is designed to exist on a parallel plane with commercial shopping
    > sites and to offer a menu of small interventions that extend outward
    > into the world. The theme of nothingness was chosen for the Spring
    > catalogue in order to defamiliarize common structures found in online
    > shops by substituting imaginary objects, states of being, and
    > existential drama for regular items and marketing strategies.
    >
    >
    > Spring 2003: Nothingness was realized during the Techlab digital media
    > artist-in-residence program at the Surrey Art Gallery
    > http://surreytechlab.ca
    >
    > Next in the series will be the Fall Catalogue, which is being funded
    > through a New Media production grant from the Canada Council for the
    > Arts http://canadacouncil.ca
    >
    > Kate Armstrong
    > http://katearmstrong.com
  • Online Shopping | Thu Jan 21st 2010 6:57 p.m.
    What seems to happen too often in hypertextual work is that the writing itself is weak.
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