Sick of online browsing that follows the traditional page-by-page format? Victor Liu See-le's "The Slow Arrow of Beauty" lets you access the Internet as if it's an ever-changing river of information. "Slow Arrow" is a Java applet which searches for content that's merely related to the user's request via algorithms (which the user can play with). It serves up the goods in several simultaneous waterfalls of data.
The Web is a visual place, no doubt, and "noware," by Pedro Fernandes, is a search engine that allows users to access pictorial compositions as opposed to links. This playful tool assumes that users will relate the words they type and the images they receive. The goal: to make netsurfing a bit more fun and challenging -- and less about marketing, but more about the imagination.
The Irish Museum of Modern Art has announced a new net art initiative that recognizes the paradox of curating institutional shows of online work. The first IMMA exhibition of net art will be an "uncurated show" (isn't that an oxymoron?) -- or, rather, a show that's self-curated by the net art community itself. The organizers state that any artists who disagree with this concept should e-mail their criticisms to the IMMA; all points of view as expressed in correspondence will be represented in the show as well.
...shopping: THE THING's Second Contemporary Art Benefit Auction is now online. Bid now; you can until December 16. Works by renowned contemporary artists, such as Christoph Draeger and Dike Blair, is up for grabs, along with pieces by net artists Miltos Manetas, Vuk Cosic, and many more. All proceeds directly benefit THE THING, a non-profit new media lab and contemporary art think tank celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month.
'Tis the season for giving back to one's community. Members of the net art community show support for one another by contributing to Rhizome.org's Community Campaign, which helps keep the non-profit Rhizome.org alive and kicking (butt). Donors range from Brown University's Visual Arts Department to individual artists such as G.H. Hovagimyan and Young-Hae Chang (as in Young-Hae Change Heavy Industries). And Rhizome.org recognizes all donors for their generosity: $10 = an email address @rhizome.org; $25 = a Yael Kanarek mousepad; $50 = a Rhizome.org T-shirt, and $250 = a Rhizome.org laptop backpack. At any level, you can feel great about continuing to build an international community of new media artists...and those who just love new media art.
What are you doing on Saturday? At 3pm at P.S.1 in Long Island City, NY, 'Performing Animated Sound,
Its name a reference to an FBI program with identical nomenclature and similar traits, "Carnivore" is a networked art project by Alex Galloway. Galloway's work has two components: a server that taps into a local area network's data stream, and client applications that use said data in various creative ways. The first "Carnivore" client has just been announced: Joshua Davis, who recently won honors at this year's Ars Electronica Festival, is using "Carnivore" in his new piece "amalgamatmosphere."
Chances are you've heard the name "Natalie Bookchin" if you know a thing or two about net art. One, Bookchin teaches at the prestigious Cal Arts. Two, she has created some intriguing, attention-grabbing works, such as "Searching for the Truth" and "The Intruder." Three, she is about to become more well-known (and perhaps even outside of net art circles) for a Web-based game she is currently co-creating, called "MetaPet," which references the biotech industry...from a playful point of view.