Can our most complex emotions be expressed well via new media metaphors? This is a question that Barcelona-based artist Aureliano P
Two times every week, the serial web narrative \"Imaginary Year\" is updated. The site represents what creator Jeremy Bushnell calls \"the media ecology\" of contemporary Chicago and its citizens. The project reads somewhat like a traditional storybook blended with random data files, complete with faux, stylized, caricature-like mugshots of characters and snippets of movie-script dialogue married with email-ish ramblings...to result in a style of literary entertainment that Bushnell calls \"information prose.\"
What is it about net art that makes it so conducive a medium for artists to explore issues of memory? Marcy Palmer\'s \"dis-house-jointed\" is another example of such a work of net art. The site deals with the themes of remembrance and location -- in what the artists describes as a very American sense (by incorporating distinctively American landscapes and interiors and other cultural references.) Palmer presents unusual juxtapositions of images and sounds and text which may or may not jog the user\'s memory. What will be conjured in your brain once you log on? Well, maybe a new memory will form from your experience logging on to this site. Palmer received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in May of 2001. Her exhibition record includes 'Net\_Working
What \"type\" of person are you? Do you fall into a neat category? Or are you as unique as you believe you are? Checking out Milan-based artist and designer Nikola Tosic's \"Personality Stereotype\" might help you figure this out. While at first this net art work might seem to be a simple means of collecting random data, the site takes on more meaning when you really think about it. Is it possible to distill your character down to only a few words and phrases? And isn't it a little TOO easy to simply create a new identity for yourself which no one may question, once your new characteristics are in writing? Where does all of our personal information go, anyway
Irish net artist Garrett Phelan has created \"friendlyghosts\" -- which serves as what he calls a \"text translator.\" Texts are loaded into a Flash Movie and are then transformed into fresh images and sounds. Each image is a pencil drawing associated with a letter, number or punctuation mark. The images are all accompanied by corresponding sounds. Is there a system involved? Phelan has actually used the once \"cutting edge,\" now-antiquated Morse code as a reference point.