Words are simple to understand...what you see is what you get. Well, maybe not. 'Interview,' by Marius Hartmann, allows users to play with words so they can try to figure out how we generate meaning from these symbols on a page or screen. The piece proves that words may possess qualities beyond what merely meets the eye...in other words, excuse the pun, groups of letters can have an aesthetic meaning. Choose 3 sentences or words, and 'Interview' generates and regenerates them into fractal algorithms to allow you to read your words in a whole new way.
The Walker Art Center's Gallery 9 has commissioned "Free Radio Linux," a new project by radioqualia. What is it? An online radio station. But no ordinary online radio station. It's also the first net.radio distribution of Linux, the true geek's favorite open source software. Huh? Well, the sounds transmitted aren't music, but a computerized reading of the entire source code used to create the Linux Kernel, the basis of all distributions of Linux. Naturally, the project launched on February 3, the fourth anniversary of the day the Open Source Initiative (http://www.opensource.org/) coined the term "open source" as a label for freely published code.
Maybe it seems too soon for some of us net art old-timers, but already a new generation of net artists are beginning to surface, who claim their work follows "in the tradition of" established artist groups such as Jodi and Superbad. Brazilian-born Rick Silva, a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, is one such example. He's released "Swound," an homage and fresh take on earlier works of net art. Blind (black on black) buttons link to other mysterious screens; each screen initiates a soundscape. Currently, the abstract, intentionally elusive piece has about 40 screens and 120 links. Stay tuned for more.
Sure, video streaming online is often choppy and less than fluid...but it has a certain beauty to it, almost like that of modern dance. Choreographer Molissa Fenley has taken the characteristics of movement as captured on the web to heart, and has created "Latitudes," a dance designed to be watched online. Originally commissioned for the Dia Center of the Art's web site, the piece is striking and enjoyable to watch...unlike an out of synch video conference. Foley turns a technical inadequacy (the offbeat timing of web video) and turns it into an effective ballet. Plus, as the audience, you've got the best seat in the theater for this performance...