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".
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.
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.
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.
Check out the latest work by Net artist Tina LaPorta: it's a splash page commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, and it remains online at the institution's Artport site for the month of July. You can link to LaPorta's past projects from the site, which also serves as a portal leading to resources on the artist's work.
American Net artist and pioneering hypertext novelist Mark Amerika is the subject of a retrospective at the ACA Media Arts Plaza in Tokyo, on view this month through September 10. Not to be missed: his most recent project, aptly titled "How To Be An Internet Artist." All of the works in the retrospective are also online in both English and Japanese.
For some synesthesia in action, look no further than Martin Wattenberg's latest project, "The Shape of Song" -- which just made its debut online at turbulence.org. Wattenberg attempts to visualize various kinds of music via customized software that translates any composition available on the Web into elegant arch-like images and curvy forms.
Further proof that Net art is an enduring international phenomenon: organizers of the Fifth Biennial of Video and New Media of Santiago, Chile, are currently looking for Web-based works to showcase alongside videos, CD-ROMs, and multimedia performances and installations. The festival takes place from November 5-11. Visit the event's Web site for more details on how to submit work. (In Spanish.)
Funny and profound all at once, "The Struggle Continues" is a simple Flash animation featuring touchy-feely text calling for lots of lovin' -- the cure for any existential angst. Set to a jazzy soundtrack, this work of Net art possesses a clearly ironic attitude, as its creators, based in Seoul, Korea, declare themselves "a multinational conglomerate."
How will urban, ultra-wired Net artists Jennifer and Kevin McCoy (creators of the online work "Airworld") create a site-specific, two-day project relating to a sleepy one-street village in New York State? Mark your calendars for July 28-29. That's when the duo will join a group of 30 emerging contemporary artists invited to interface with the tiny community of Brewster, New York and devise original works of art inspired by the folksy locale. The public's invited to see what they come up with.
Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) Technical Coordinator