The artist group Tsunamii is not surfing the web figuratively but walking it literally. As part of a project for art show Documenta 11, Tsunamii is walking from Documenta headquarters in Kassel, Germany, to their web server in Kiel. As they travel the 500-km route, a GPS (Global Positioning System) tracks their location and initiates a series of web browsing movements viewable in a Documenta gallery. Tsunamii's desire: to foreground the physical make-up (hardware, cables, and backbones) of the Internet instead of its often hyped virtuality. And there is even more: issues concerning access and boundaries arise as '403: Forbidden Access' and '404: Page not Found' errors dominate this webwalk. --Brooke Singer
Back in the 80's, lo-fi music savant John Oswald released a homemade CD called Plunderphonic that sampled and shredded pop artists from Metallica to Michael Jackson to Bing Crosby. The goal of the CD was not merely to make brilliantly mutated music, but to question the copyrighting of audio --when does one person's composition become someone else's? Oswald was sued and forced to recall all the CDs. Now the entire illegal CD is available online for free in mp3 format. Download and jam at your own risk. -- Curt Cloninger
A do-it-yourself breast enlargement kit for little girls, a subversive plot by pigs to replace the sale of pork with human meat, a young woman trapped inside a children's game -- welcome to the disturbing world of Pleix, a collective of skilled digital media professionals producing harshly sardonic, faux advertisements slamming contemporary marketing. All five short Quicktime films are painstakingly slick in their production, making their content all the more hard-hitting. Two are predominantly eye candy though -- welcome breaks in the midst of some intense material. - Curt Cloninger
There are Temporary Autonomous Zones, and now there are Temporary Telecommunication Autonomous Zones. The Personal Telco Group of Portland, OR, is creating the latter out of a used satellite truck. The group, associated with the freenetwork movement, is reverse-engineering a broadcast television machine to create a roving, open node: Internet access by the people, for the people. If in the Portland area, attend the next meeting to see how you can help. Also, the group is seeking "any number of bizarre things" to do with the truck once its on the go. Rhizomers with ideas, contact Nigel at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Brooke Singer
No futurist is ever 100% accurate, but often "wrong" predictions prove more enlightening in hindsight than "right" ones. Gene Youngblood's prophetic 1970's work 'Expanded Cinema' is to us now what Lev Manovich's 'The Language of New Media' may be to future readers -- a fascinating, heady analysis of digital media phenomena in process. The noosphere, bio-computing, techno-anarchy, and oceanic consciousness -- all are examined from a pre-desktop perspective. Featuring an introduction by Bucky Fuller, 'Expanded Cinema' is now available free online. - Curt Cloninger
Potluck is a shockwave audio engine with a twist. Most online remix environments feature sound samples by a single artist. Potluck gives access to loops and ambient effects created by a range of experimental artists, and new sound libraries are added each month. The playful interface is the brainchild of Amy Franceschini (of futurefarmers.com fame), and takes some getting used to, but one can master Potluck without being DJ Clue. Create your genius mix, and save it online for others to enjoy.