'On The Night of Mr. Melvyn's Murder' is one of my favorite pieces of hypertext literature. Its cast includes a seedy menagerie of back-alley characters that would be at home in a Martin Scorsese film. Each character is depicted by brilliant, minimalistic hand-illustrations. Historical figures also make cameo appearances -- Hunter S. Thompson, Francis Bacon, Tom Waits, Elton John, and Don King, to name a few. Follow the splaying plot to discover whodunit, or simply click around and view the funky characters. - Curt Cloninger
'reFresh:reLoad' is a networked screen saver that turns your computer screen into a rotating gallery of new work by experimental digital designers. New images are regularly added to an online database. The screen saver then connects to this database and randomly displays various images from it for your viewing pleasure. The designers' URLs are included, so if a piece of work strikes your fancy, you can visit the creator's site for more. For those who think they have what it takes to show in this distributed gallery, submissions to the image database are open. - Curt Cloninger
Just when you thought your Inbox would only ever fill up with work dross and spam, Red Leader Industries, a British collective of multimedia artists and designers have the answer to
In 1995, an interviewer asked ambient music godfather Brian Eno, 'If you could make anything, what would it be?' Eno answered, 'an Eno box that would create its own music in my style.' Technology has finally caught up with Eno's theories, enabling him to created 'Generative Music 1.' Also termed 'unfinished music,' each piece plays out differently every time, but always within the same artist-defined paramemters. Tired of the way a particular iteration is going? Just hit refresh -- each composition is infinitely long, and infinitely varied. How will they copyright this? - Curt Cloninger
CodeDoc, a new exhibition at Whitney Artport, forces us to view the scripts and codes that generate software art before seeing the 'art.