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.
So maybe you didn\'t make it to Ars Electronica last September and you missed out on the hot ticket...Golan Levin\'s \"Dialtones (A Telesymphony).\" This piece is a full on concert featuring the rings of cell phones. Think of it: an auditorium full of people encouraged to keep their mobiles on for the entire performance! Now you can check out what it\'s all about online. Learn about how the whole thing was orchestrated, from the registration of phones, to seating arrangements, to the more philosophical reasons behind this elaborate performance.
What is a browser, really? A site by LA digital artist Mark Daggett entitled \"Browser Gestures\" attempts to look at browsers in a new light. Daggett\'s applications reinterpret how browsers usually present and maneuver through information. Sometimes, the browser sends a requested site through a feedback loop. At other times, the browser adapts and reconfigures itself according to previous pages opened dating back to when the browser was first used.
When you log on to "Clear" by UK-based digital music comoposer Martin Franklin, you'll realize that there are no "rules" for interacting with this collection of sounds and images, despite the work's title. Franklin describes the project as "immersive, layered soundfields and images with a hidden eroticism"...we're not sure about the eroticism, but the site's worth a look (er, a listen), as Franklin has worked with everyone from Ghanian drum troupes to underground Rap crews. He has a discography of many CD's released throughout the world on labels like Island and lesser-known but well respected Beyond and Planet Dog.
Eric Deis's art work "Beauty and Chaos" is a multi-user environment that involves both cyber space and physical space. Based on real time user data, music and images are generated and projected and played in a gallery when information is received from the "Beauty and Chaos" web site. This website features a multi-user drawing interface where people all around the world can draw simultaneously. Everything created by a web site visitor is sent as raw data to the gallery where it is processed by a computer. Based on this data, the computer composes an impromptu musical score and generates an impromptu, ever-evolving image.
Christophe Bruno devised a way to turn online ads into poetry...and was subsequently censored by Google. The concept was to "launch a happening on the web," via Google AdWords . Bruno spent five bucks to open an account to buy some keywords. Instead of writing a small block of text to correspond with the keyword (the service is intended as a means for advertising products related to the keyword) Bruno wrote short, often funny "poems." In only one day, 12,000 people read the postings...for the words "symptom," "dream," "mary," and "money."