Today, TAYSTES.net debuts in the form of an installation at the Cornerstone Gallery in Manchester, England. The piece, by artist Jenny Marketou, is a multi-user, networked, open source tool designed to give the user unlimited access to the intimate world of networked communication infrastructures such as webcams, chat rooms, and flows of information via surveillance networks. The user can tweak data found from these sources. The piece was influenced by Marketou's earlier well-known work, "Smell.bytes" (TM).
Net artist Prema Murthy's web project "Bindigirl" explores tele-erotics and intimacy. Bindi is the name of the artist's online alter-ego. (The name refers to the dot that Hindu women wear on their foreheads to signify that they are married.) The character Bindi is a construct of fe/male desire, fashioned from of what is popularly deemed "exotic" and "erotic."
Okay, it may be "old news" that Rhizome.org supports media art -- but now Rhizome's just launched its first net art commissioning program. Artists are invited to submit proposals in one of two categories: interface artworks (fresh ways to access content and databases) and tactical response works (pieces that address political situations around the world, in particular the events of September 11, 2001). The deadline to apply for either of the $5,000 commissions is February 15, 2002.
Olia Lialina is a one of the more recognized names in net.art; as the U.S. is engaged in the war on terrorism, now is a particularly poignant time to revisit her piece 'My Boyfriend Came Back from the War.
Debuting on December 1: The Information Technology Association of Canada. The Ottawa-based organization will officially launch along with an online gallery. The site will feature Canadian artists experimenting with new media, including Jim Andrews, a programmer/mathematician who develops new forms of multimedia music, and Mark Rudolph, a Java designer and interactive 3D artist -- both featured in the website's inaugural show.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music will be presenting "Listening Post," a net art installation/performance, as part of a series of new media art. The piece, by sound artist Ben Rubin and statistician Mark Hansen, dares to ask what the collective voice of the Internet sounds like. Together, they'll try to transform collective online activity and communication into a multi-layered sound installation by monitoring thousands of online exchanges in real time to pick up rhythms, harmonies, melodies. The installation's on view from Dec 6-16. (Check BAM for performance times.)
Maybe you feel like writing hypertext poetry...but you're lazy. Well, have you ever checked out Teo Spiller's handy work of net art, "Poem 2"? You type in text and it's transformed into hypertext. Not only that, but the site provides definitions for every single word and will provide hyperlinks to other online locations where this word has been used (and more).
Chances are you've heard the name "Natalie Bookchin" if you know a thing or two about net art. One, Bookchin teaches at the prestigious Cal Arts. Two, she has created some intriguing, attention-grabbing works, such as "Searching for the Truth" and "The Intruder." Three, she is about to become more well-known (and perhaps even outside of net art circles) for a Web-based game she is currently co-creating, called "MetaPet," which references the biotech industry...from a playful point of view.
Its name a reference to an FBI program with identical nomenclature and similar traits, "Carnivore" is a networked art project by Alex Galloway. Galloway's work has two components: a server that taps into a local area network's data stream, and client applications that use said data in various creative ways. The first "Carnivore" client has just been announced: Joshua Davis, who recently won honors at this year's Ars Electronica Festival, is using "Carnivore" in his new piece "amalgamatmosphere."
Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) Technical Coordinator