What happens when a programmer working for a b2b e-commerce site gets bored? Some cool art. Check out "Entropica," a creative use of the PHP Web server scripting language by the artist Nifkin. This work randomly generates stunning, colorful graphics, as beautiful as any abstract expressionist painting.
New work by Net Art stars Natalie Bookchin, Steve Dietz, Alex Galloway, Diane Ludens, Lev Manowich, Kevin and Jennifer McCoy, and Geri Wittig, and others is now online in a new show entitled "Mapping the Web Infonome," curated by media art scholar Lisa Jevbratt. The show parallels the Human Genome Project, featuring pieces that represent the codes that make up the World Wide Web. Online and on view at San Francisco's New Langton Arts through July 28.
Do you like to play with soundtoys? In other words, are you a creative programmer, net artist, or digital muscian? A new Web site, appropriately named Soundtoys, is looking for people who want to push the boundaries of online, interactive music and extremely visual, net-based multimedia works.
Maybe you were burned by the "love bug" computer virus; now, you can open a emailed love letter from a stranger and not get hurt. Net artist Yael Kanarek is offering a love letter email service, which delivers a fresh new romantic message daily -- and makes you a participant in an epistolary yet non-linear narrative connected to her popular cross-media project, "The World of Awe".
Buzz is spreading on "Bienale.py," a work of computer virus art by net art collective 0100101110101101.ORG and new media group epidemiC. Download the code, which made its debut at this year's Venice Bienale, now available (along with disabling instructions) online.
Curious how diaries, personal journals, memoirs, letters, travelogs, creative self-representations, memorials, tributes, and hybrid forms of all of the above have manifested themselves on the Net? A one-stop resource is the "Webliography," compiled by Elayne Zalis, PhD, now online. Dr. Zalis includes both fiction and nonfiction, many works involving hypermedia, thus blurring the lines between the real and the unreal, actuality and innovative forms of online, text-based art, even further.
The latest Net art installation by Shu Lea Chang, "Baby Play," is on view at Tokyo's ICC; online, visitors to the installation's Web site can interact with the piece, which represents a giant, fantastical foosball table.