From October 18th to the 21nd the first Make-world Festival will take place in Munich, Germany, home to a fast-growing European media-art community. Media artists, activists, and theorists will tackle such varied topics as migration and art in networking environments -- to explore, presumably, how we construct our physical and online worlds in the 21st century. Belgium-based net artists Entropy8Zuper, creators of immersive Web sites, will talk about the future of entertainment and art.
Debuting today on the Whitney Museum of American Art's Web site devoted to net art, Artport: Martin Wattenberg's "Idea Line." The piece presents a fan-like chronology of net artworks, including "Agree to Disagree" by Three.org (pictured), arranged by technology and theme in different threads. Each thread corresponds to a particular kind of artwork or type of technology. The brightness of an individual thread reflects the popularity of a certain technology or theme over time.
Margaret Penney, creator of the three year old Web site "Dream 7," is updating her well-respected work of net art by incorporating over 3,000 emails sent by visitors to the site. Called "Dream Log," the upcoming work is a visualization of the emails, which all recount site visitors' dreams. The original "Dream 7" is an attempt, says Penney, to present a dream-like experience on the Internet, navigable by surreal "dream logic."
Ever wanted to take a peak at a stranger's computer desktop? Now you can download a program,"DeskSwap," from the Web that allows you to exchange your desktop for another user's -- well, at least in the form of a screensaver. This program-as-work-of-art takes a snapshot of another user's desktop and then uploads it to the DeskSwap server. Voyeurs will love the fact that all of the shots are candid.
"Reconnoitre" is a work of browser art that is "happily purposeless," according to its creators -- the team of Tom Corby and Gavin Baily, who have shown at major new media art venues such as Ars Electronica, Transmediale, and the ICA London. In other words, it works like most search engines, but presents what it finds in an abstract yet aesthetically pleasing way. Happy surfing.
Does our use of the Web parallel our use of popular appliances such as the telephone or the television? Digital artist Lance Shields cleverly compares the three in his recent work of Net art, "Tele-phony." The Web is both and neither: it's a communication device, yet it also encourages countless hours of isolating screen-gazing. Good luck trying to enter your commands -- there are some unexpected, er, phony technical challenges built into this site, which are all in the name of fun rather than frustration.
To help communities cope with the far-reaching aftermath of the September 11th attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, Rhizome has launched a special webpage called "911--The September 11 Project," which includes a resource page, links to photographs and art related to the tragedies, and an area for users to post additional relevant links.
Tonight at 8 at Workplace in Toronto, Canada, a new exhibition of net art entitled "Pixel Plunder" opens (and is also accessible online). The show features seven projects that examine authenticity, online copyright rights, and intellectual property issues -- via subversion, parody and satire. On view: sanctioned hacking of the Tate Modern's Web site (by Harwood from the Mongrel Collective), Duchampian digital readymades (by MTAA), and more.