'What are you thinking?' asked Vito Pace, the artist behind 'Kontora Mir.' In reply, he received images from Europe, Russia and North America, including those of champagne, two old men in a cafe, a toy boat on a sea of feathers, a woman reading Chekhov in a bubble bath, and more. With no imposed commentary, the project presents a kind of visual group meditation on the multiplicity of associated meanings. Viewers should draw their own conclusions since Pace positions himself as the passive transmitter: 'the images I recieve, I send back out to the world.' Send him yours. - Helen Varley Jamieson
'On The Night of Mr. Melvyn's Murder' is one of my favorite pieces of hypertext literature. Its cast includes a seedy menagerie of back-alley characters that would be at home in a Martin Scorsese film. Each character is depicted by brilliant, minimalistic hand-illustrations. Historical figures also make cameo appearances -- Hunter S. Thompson, Francis Bacon, Tom Waits, Elton John, and Don King, to name a few. Follow the splaying plot to discover whodunit, or simply click around and view the funky characters. - Curt Cloninger
'reFresh:reLoad' is a networked screen saver that turns your computer screen into a rotating gallery of new work by experimental digital designers. New images are regularly added to an online database. The screen saver then connects to this database and randomly displays various images from it for your viewing pleasure. The designers' URLs are included, so if a piece of work strikes your fancy, you can visit the creator's site for more. For those who think they have what it takes to show in this distributed gallery, submissions to the image database are open. - Curt Cloninger
Just when you thought your Inbox would only ever fill up with work dross and spam, Red Leader Industries, a British collective of multimedia artists and designers have the answer to
In 1995, an interviewer asked ambient music godfather Brian Eno, 'If you could make anything, what would it be?' Eno answered, 'an Eno box that would create its own music in my style.' Technology has finally caught up with Eno's theories, enabling him to created 'Generative Music 1.' Also termed 'unfinished music,' each piece plays out differently every time, but always within the same artist-defined paramemters. Tired of the way a particular iteration is going? Just hit refresh -- each composition is infinitely long, and infinitely varied. How will they copyright this? - Curt Cloninger
CodeDoc, a new exhibition at Whitney Artport, forces us to view the scripts and codes that generate software art before seeing the 'art.
'Panorama, Brooklyn' combines indie rock, poetry, and gorgeously lo-fi web art into a music video for the band Eiffel Tower. As a sweeping, hand-drawn city scape scrolls past, you are invited to click into the thoughts of Brooklynites as they watch the sun set. The piece holds attention well, with interactivity that isn't forced or superfluous. Illustrator Vicki Wong's texts against the music's breezy air blend the mundane and poetic seamlessly. It's web art that is unabashedly happy to showcase a human element, and there's nothing wrong with that. -Eryk Salvaggio
Intellectual property is a big issue in the information age: content is a commodity, 'data lords' lease access to warehouses of digital information, and armies of lawyers police new copyright laws. In response, Kingdom of Piracy (premiering this month at Ars Electronica) has defiantly erected its flag on a virtual realm of interconnected 'properties' and invites hackers and artists to 'plug into the supply lines of digital abundance.' The web site creates a map of participating links in shark-infested, copyrighted waters. Ironically, the pilot of this project ran into trouble earlier this year when its original sponsor demanded editorial rights and a name change. Naturally, the project curators rejected this, and the Kingdom of Piracy lives on. - Helen Varley Jamieson
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