The Experimental Files (1998)

"Flash animations are definitely the technology-du-jour of the Web, but most artists and designers misuse these scalable movies by clogging them with memory-hogging bitmaps or absurdly long submovies within submovies. Flash fits David Crawford like a glove; he knows how to wring a lot of conceptual and visual punch out of a simple motif combined with a simple tween. With their generic icons and yellow-grey-black palette, these minimovies feel like international road signs for the information superhighway."

--Jon Ippolito, Curator of Media Arts at the Guggenheim Museum Source: http://www.asci.org/digital2000

"A more recent work by Crawford, 'The Experimental Files,' features three sets of moving, clickable icons that seamlessly blend appropriated iconography into what can be best described as warning labels of tomorrow. Compared to Yoshi Sodeoka's gritty, transistorized aesthetic, Crawford's bio-engineered future is squeaky clean, dangerously day-glo, and whizzing by us faster than we can fathom. If the New York-based subculture ...

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"Flash animations are definitely the technology-du-jour of the Web, but most artists and designers misuse these scalable movies by clogging them with memory-hogging bitmaps or absurdly long submovies within submovies. Flash fits David Crawford like a glove; he knows how to wring a lot of conceptual and visual punch out of a simple motif combined with a simple tween. With their generic icons and yellow-grey-black palette, these minimovies feel like international road signs for the information superhighway."

--Jon Ippolito, Curator of Media Arts at the Guggenheim Museum Source: http://www.asci.org/digital2000

"A more recent work by Crawford, 'The Experimental Files,' features three sets of moving, clickable icons that seamlessly blend appropriated iconography into what can be best described as warning labels of tomorrow. Compared to Yoshi Sodeoka's gritty, transistorized aesthetic, Crawford's bio-engineered future is squeaky clean, dangerously day-glo, and whizzing by us faster than we can fathom. If the New York-based subculture search engine 'Disinformation' (http://www.disinfo.com) had an artist in residence, it would be Crawford."

--Carl Goodman, Curator of Digital Media at the American Museum of the Moving Image Source: http://www.wnet.org/reelnewyorkweb/crawford

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