February 06 gatepage
for artport, the Whitney Museum's portal to Internet art:
The Bstat Zero Project
by Myron Turner
Bstat Zero is a cooperative project focused on opening up the normally hidden interconnections among new media web sites and so give us some insight into the cultural contexts which make up the world of new media.
It is, first of all, a "log analyzer". Whenever you visit a web site, a record of that visit is logged by the web server. Bstat Zero examines these logs and shows the results in your web browser.
While Bstat Zero shows most of the standard statistics found in web log analyzers, its emphasis is not statistics but on where the traffic comes from (countries, domains, IP addresses, browsers, operating systems), and how it has been "referred" to the site (search engines, search terms, other web sites). Its most significant feature is its ability to do "cross-site" comparisons.
Bstat Zero comes in two versions, one running on the web sites of participating artists and groups and the other on BstatZero.org. On a participating web site, you can view your own results, which are updated daily, and then archived monthly so that you can check back in time. At the end of each month BstatZero.org downloads to its own server the monthly archives from each participant. It's at BstatZero.org that the cross-site facility comes into effect, making it possible to investigate the underlying patterns of viewership and use among new media web sites.
Myron Turner is a multi-media artist whose work combines photography, light-boxes, printmaking and computers. He has exhibited in galleries and artist-run centers throughout Canada, in the US, the U.K. and South America, and his digitally produced woodblock prints have won several awards at Boston Printmakers North American Biennials.
Myron Turner has been working with the Internet since 1994. His work for the Web has been included in various on-line exhibitions and collections, including "data/reference/art" at http://no-org.net, the http://runme.org software art repository, the Rhizome artbase, RRF 2004---XP, Machinista 2003 / Artificial Intelligence and Art, and javamuseum.org. He has received New Media grants from the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he has participated as an invited panelist, and in 1994, he co-founded the Manitoba Visual Arts Network. His work can be accessed through his web site at http://www.room535.org/mt/.