Posts for August 2002

For Those About to Snack, We Salute You

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You probably know about Mark Napier's 'net.flag' for the Guggenheim, but did you know he also made another interactive flag for... the Altoids Mints promotional site? 'USA 1.1' is a collaboration between Napier and interactive audio guru Chris Burke. It's an American flag that quickly deteriorates into a surrealistic, pixelated symbol of U.S. consumerism. The more you click, the weirder it gets. Hamburgers, space burgers, chain link fences, rows of houses that look like milk cartons, and sardonic audio loops all figure into the mix. Well done. - Curt Cloninger

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Start Making Sense

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Humans are hardwired to seek meaning in things that have no meaning. 'You and We' exploits this tendency, juxtaposing random images and text in a pleasing, animated, Flash environment. The results seem unaccountably intentional. Visitors are invited to upload their own images and text into the 'You and We' database. The software then randomly sorts through the database like a kind of Tristan Tzara-bot, culling source material and dynamically displaying it in real time. Try as I might, I still can't view this piece without reading it as a purposeful narrative. - Curt Cloninger

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