Sometimes it\'s nice to look back at net art works of the recent past. Alicia Felberbaum\'s
Breaking up is hard to do. And artist Chris Bassett feels your pain. His site \"The Lost Love Project\" proves that breakups provide \"the most interesting love stories.\" His site serves as an anthology of such stories. Log on with your tale of heartbreak, which will be linked by the an official \"lostlove engine\" to create a metanarrative of a relationship. You\'ll soon see that you\'re not alone, even if your girlfriend\'s dumped you.
Minitasking, by the artist known as Schoenerwissen, searches Gnutella via a graphical interface. Once you connect to the Gnutella network, Minitasking acts as a representative for what it encounters: depending on the amount of content in a file, it is presented in a metaphorical \"bubble\" that differs in size and color based on what the file contains. Queries are color-coded, and Minitasking pairs that bubbles via this system. You can track others\' queries on-screen. Minitasking is a free download, but not if you have a Mac (but check periodically, as this version should be revealed momentarily).
Yeah, it\'s that time of year again...with summer just beginning, people are tying the knot left and right, and many bad bridesmaid dresses are being donned, many corny best-man-toasts are being recited. Well, laugh it off with the site \"non-weddings\" by Christophe Bruno...or be really serious and theory-headed about this work of net art. After all, as the artist states, this work was inspired by a drawing by Jacques Lacan dealing with the representation of the relationship between the \"signifier\" and the \"signified.\" But Bruno\'s site is also quite entertaining. When you click on the phrase \"Celebrate a non-wedding\", a request is sent out to fetch random pictures posted online, which of course are related to the pair of chosen names (or words), like George and Laura or Gwyneth and Osama, or Lacan and Kristeva, theory and fun. Then raise a champagne glass to their union.
The newest work by media artist Agricola de Cologne,\"]and_scape[,\"was inspired by poetic texts by Liubov Sirota, an Ukrainian Chernobyl survivor -- an especially chilling thought given the nuclear threats in the world today (think India and Pakistan, or the post-Cold-War Russian missles just lying around, at least as the media has us believing). In this piece, the viewer confronts a series of environments: real, imagined, or somewhere in between. When we think of a contemporary post-nuclear or post-bomb landscape, are we really thinking of something completely unimaginable? After all, humankind has used and abused the world around us, and we\'ve already seen the horrors of Hiroshima and Chernobyl. This new work features not only multimedia but also voice and sound performance by Agricola de Cologne as well, lending it an extremely personal touch.
After many months of writing Net Art News, yours truly will be moving on...a Rhizome veteran and new media expert will now be editing NAN: Rachel Greene, who will be taking over as Rhizome\'s new Editorial Coordinator next week, beginning June 3 (although I\'ll provide content through June 7). Rachel was Rhizome\'s editor from 1997 through 1999 and has also written about contemporary art for many national and international magazines, including Artforum, Frieze and Bomb, and is now working on a book on new media art for Thames & Hudson\'s World of Art series. She knows her stuff. Welcome, Rachel.