Posts for October 2001

Tracing Net Art's Evolution

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Debuting today on the Whitney Museum of American Art's Web site devoted to net art, Artport: Martin Wattenberg's "Idea Line." The piece presents a fan-like chronology of net artworks, including "Agree to Disagree" by Three.org (pictured), arranged by technology and theme in different threads. Each thread corresponds to a particular kind of artwork or type of technology. The brightness of an individual thread reflects the popularity of a certain technology or theme over time.

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From October 18th to the 21nd the first Make-world Festival will take place in Munich, Germany, home to a fast-growing European media-art community. Media artists, activists, and theorists will tackle such varied topics as migration and art in networking environments -- to explore, presumably, how we construct our physical and online worlds in the 21st century. Belgium-based net artists Entropy8Zuper, creators of immersive Web sites, will talk about the future of entertainment and art.

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A Playful Mouse

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It's boring dragging a mouse across its pad all day. Can the device become more than a utilitarian object? "Playing an Orchestra with a Mouse" is an exploration of how humans interface with the little rodent-like tool we use to navigate while using our computers, namely when we're online. Designed by Brazilian programmer Jo

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Interviews with...Oneself

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If you're a fan of the Web site "Interview Yourself," rejoice: it's baaack. The site's creators at Plagiarist.org merely took a short hiatus. Scroll through interrogations between the usual suspects in the Net art world and...themselves (or not?). The latest addition to the archive: Vuk Cosic, as interviewed by Vuk Cosic.

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Simple can be Engaging

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If you believe simple is beautiful, you'll appreciate "Voxels," a web-based interactive VRML work that allows users to manipulate "3D sounds" to create their own sound environments online. Users play with cube-like forms, which in turn trigger audio loops related to the geometric shapes. Meditative and abstract, this is a mysterious yet engaging piece.

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Net art set to a Soundtrack

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Now on view at Gallery L in Moscow is "evo1," a show that presents net art alongside digital art, video, computer animation, documentary photography, light sculpture and environmental art from not only Russia, but also the United States, and Europe. The entire exhibition is set to an electronic soundtrack. The net art is centered on the theme of the Internet as a collaborative, participatory medium and shared environment -- including works by Olia Lialina and Maciej Wisniewski.

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Meeting of the Minds

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Happen to be in Rotterdam on Thursday? A conversation will take place between two of Net art's most well-known supporters: theorist and professor Lev Manovich and Aaron Betsky, former curator at SFMOMA and now director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute. The duo will also share the stage with Jeremy Bernstein, who will perform music. Want the address? The discussion takes place at V2_Organisatie, Eendrachtsstraat 10, Rotterdam.

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Net art Down Under

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Get ready for MAAP 01, the fourth annual new media art festival produced by Multimedia Art Asia Pacific, Inc., taking place 12-14 October both online and at the Brisbane Powerhouse in Brisbane, Australia. The emphasis is on interactive multimedia, Internet/ web art, digital video, animation, installation and projects integrating new media. Continuous netcasts keep those unable to travel Down Under updated.

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A Month After: Web Archive Being Built

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To help compile a solid historical, online record of the September 11 attacks on the US, webArchivist.org is working with The Internet Archive and the Library of Congress to document home pages and websites related to the tragedies. Got a site to suggest? They're especially interested in personal URLs and non-American sites.

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Artists Honored by JavaMuseum

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The first JavaArtist of the Year Awards have been given for the first time. Recently, the JavaMuseum honored the following three artists who exemplify creative uses of software in their Net art work: Tiia Johannson (Estonia), Jody Zellen (USA; the artist's "Ghost City" is pictured), and mez [mary-ann breeze], (Australia). The Java Museum features an online gallery that showcases...you guessed it, work that incorporates Java.

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