It's a bit like a Nine Inch Nails video...and a bit like Poe's poetry. Yet it's something totally different. But also like both of those things combined. It's "Distillates," a recent online work produced by a five year old outfit called Texturadesign, that offers up a combo of digital video, text, eerie images, and other features to create a moody piece of art. A three-stanza poem gradually unfurl across abstract images. It's not like reading a book, not like reading film titles, not even so much like reading hypertext fiction. So how do we categorize such literary works? Do we need to?
Stanza's "The Central City" takes you on a wild ride through an urban landscape based on digital images and recorded sounds of London, towers, streets, and all. Navigate through networks and grids much as you would through streets and alleyways. But this metropolis is actually a melange of issues that are raised in the urban dweller's mind. You may start seeing the similarities between a design encountered on this site and the veins in a leaf rather than just concrete boulevards. This metaphorical experience is intentional. Of course the way that you navigate, as you would in the real London, is up to you. Don't get lost...although if you do, you'll have fun.
Opening tonight at the New Museum's Zenith Media Lounge in Manhattan: "Open_Source_Art_Hack," which is open to the public from May 3- June 30. This group show will look at some of the hottest issues in computing culture today: hacking, open source ethics, and more. Not just a static museum show, the programming features tours by the Surveillance Camera Players; a performance by Critical Art Ensemble; an installation by Knowbotic Research; a Free Radio Linux broadcast by r a d i o q u a l i a; and much, much more. The extravaganza was put together by Steve Dietz, Curator of New Media, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Jenny Marketou, a New York-based artist, in collaboration with Anne Barlow, Curator of Education and Media Programs, New Museum of Contemporary Art.
Violence is certainly common among all people...so is it possible to derive an aesthetic that can communicate the universality of the horrors of crime? Motomichi Nakamura's "Qrime" is an episodic series of short Flash animations that uses the basic color scheme of red, black and white and a simple, angular set of graphics to express the "feel" of violence efficiently to site visitors from any culture. The seven episodes are presented in a non-linear sequence that makes one think about the randomness and unpredictable nature of so much violent crime.