Remember the Free Biennial? Now it has a sequel, Free Manifesta. Artist Sal Randolph organized both events to run alongside exclusive, international art exhibitions, the 2002 Whitney Biennial and Manifesta 4, respectively. The difference being that anyone can participate in Randolph's art exhibitions and the art is free. Currently on view in Frankfurt, Germany and online, Free Manifesta has over 225 free public art projects and more than 70 of these are net, mail, phone, or email-based. Free Manifesta, however, has a twist: Randolph is participating in the curated event, Manifesta 4. Her entry, of course, is Free Manifesta.
First they went digital, then they went live. Artists Space, a thirty year-old, non-profit art institution in downtown Manhattan, has always maintained a slide registry of work by emerging or unaffiliated artists called the Artists File. After going digital with the database, Artists Space has recently gone web. Viewing the Artists File is free and joining requires filling out one online form. Users of the File contact artists directly, cutting out the middlemen. Artists Space curators choose one File artist each month for virtual exhibitions on the Artist Space web site. -- Brooke Singer
The Media Deconstruction Kit confronts corporate control of mass media by allowing online viewers to remix and manipulate TV news broadcasts. At least that's what it promises to do -- right now it's just a prototype, the brainchild of 'The US Department of Art & Technology,' a faux-governmental entity developed by artist Randall Packer. The prototype itself is pretty arty, with a mashed-up newsreel soundtrack and visually distorted news images that expose a more elusive type of media distortion. - Curt Cloninger
In response to the morbid headlines that dominate most national newspapers, typorganism.com presents 'Good News / Bad News,' a news source with a twist. On the left are the usual suspects: bad news headlines and thumbnail images dynamically culled from CNN.com. On the right is the good news: headlines and images uploaded by regular people. Sweetly mundane items such as 'Check Out My New Truck' and 'I Love My Wife' balance disaster-driven, media hype with real life occasion and detail. Upload your own personal scoop while you're there. - Curt Cloninger
While more and more narrative web sites aim to replicate "cinematic" experiences, Broken Saints aims at the comic book paradigm. This epic 24-part series combines traditional comic elements (think Neil Gaiman, not Archie) with Japanese Anime-inspired Flash animations, music, and sound. While the writing never rises beyond standard comic fare, it's worth checking out this figuration of what could be the future of the graphic novel. -- Eryk Salvaggio
Want a little ambient music with that URL? Next time you're streaming Internet radio while online, consider opening the webPlayer instead. Created by Pete Everett, webPlayer is an application that translates HTML data into musical compositions. You set this audio experience in motion by supplying it URLs. The webPlayer turns the HTML data into numbers via an ASCII-based filter. To generate music out of the numbers, webPlayer utilizes mathematical formulae