What is a browser, really? A site by LA digital artist Mark Daggett entitled \"Browser Gestures\" attempts to look at browsers in a new light. Daggett\'s applications reinterpret how browsers usually present and maneuver through information. Sometimes, the browser sends a requested site through a feedback loop. At other times, the browser adapts and reconfigures itself according to previous pages opened dating back to when the browser was first used.
When you log on to "Clear" by UK-based digital music comoposer Martin Franklin, you'll realize that there are no "rules" for interacting with this collection of sounds and images, despite the work's title. Franklin describes the project as "immersive, layered soundfields and images with a hidden eroticism"...we're not sure about the eroticism, but the site's worth a look (er, a listen), as Franklin has worked with everyone from Ghanian drum troupes to underground Rap crews. He has a discography of many CD's released throughout the world on labels like Island and lesser-known but well respected Beyond and Planet Dog.
Eric Deis's art work "Beauty and Chaos" is a multi-user environment that involves both cyber space and physical space. Based on real time user data, music and images are generated and projected and played in a gallery when information is received from the "Beauty and Chaos" web site. This website features a multi-user drawing interface where people all around the world can draw simultaneously. Everything created by a web site visitor is sent as raw data to the gallery where it is processed by a computer. Based on this data, the computer composes an impromptu musical score and generates an impromptu, ever-evolving image.
Christophe Bruno devised a way to turn online ads into poetry...and was subsequently censored by Google. The concept was to "launch a happening on the web," via Google AdWords . Bruno spent five bucks to open an account to buy some keywords. Instead of writing a small block of text to correspond with the keyword (the service is intended as a means for advertising products related to the keyword) Bruno wrote short, often funny "poems." In only one day, 12,000 people read the postings...for the words "symptom," "dream," "mary," and "money."
If you're in Los Angeles this Sunday, drop by Rocco in Hollywood for "In Our Image: Extreme Genetics," a Rhizome.LA event. A heated panel discussion is sure to take place between Natalie Bookchin, Cheryl Kerfeld, David Kremers, and Ruth West. The group will chat about such controversial topics as animals with vegetable genes and vice versa, getting oneself cloned, and how art can or can't make a difference in the debates on man-altered biology. Rocco's is at 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. (just west of Vine St.), and everything starts at 5pm. Bring $5-10 for the sliding scale donation.
It's a bit like a Nine Inch Nails video...and a bit like Poe's poetry. Yet it's something totally different. But also like both of those things combined. It's "Distillates," a recent online work produced by a five year old outfit called Texturadesign, that offers up a combo of digital video, text, eerie images, and other features to create a moody piece of art. A three-stanza poem gradually unfurl across abstract images. It's not like reading a book, not like reading film titles, not even so much like reading hypertext fiction. So how do we categorize such literary works? Do we need to?