Most of these links are to the sites of individuals
doing interesting net art whether it has a visual, literary,
sonic, or programming focus—or, more often, some combination
Netartery is a group blog I've started in collaboration with Gregory Whitehead, David Jhave Johnston, Andy Campbell, Regina Celia Pinto, Christine Wilks, Chris Funkhouser and Eugenio Tisselli. Writers gone wrong.
DAVID LINK (GERMANY)
David Link is an artist and theorist who has written well on the history of computerised text generation and generative systems.
VISUAL COMPLEXITY BY MANUEL LIMA (UK)
"VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web."
88 CONSTELLATIONS FOR WITTGENSTEIN BY DAVID CLARK (CANADA)
"Lyrical and philosophical, this sprawling feature-length interactive film for the internet contemplates the life and work of the influential Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein through 88 interactive Flash animations, each one corresponding to a constellation from the night sky. The viewer is invited to navigate through a web of interconnecting narratives that move from association to association—bringing Wittgenstein's work into conversation with our contemporary digital culture. The work is an interactive collage. It is story of a man's life told in fragments. It is a map of coincidence and correspondences. It is a digital film. It is story-telling as browsing."
ELECTRIC SHEEP BY SCOTT DRAVES (USA)
"Electric Sheep is a free, open source screen saver created by Scott Draves. It's run by thousands of people all over the world, and can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers "sleep", the screen saver comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as "sheep". The result is a collective "android dream", an homage to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
"Eclipse is a free on-line archive focusing on digital facsimiles of the most radical small-press writing from the last quarter century. Eclipse also publishes carefully selected new works of book-length conceptual unity." Scans of writing by Charles Bernstein, Bruce Andrews, Rae Armantrout, Lyn Hejinian, Susan Howe, and many more.
JASON NELSON (USA)
Jason says: "I MADE THIS. YOU PLAY IT. WE ARE ENEMIES. is a sequel of sorts to game, game, game and again game, based on screen shots from odd and popular sites and is another artwork/platform game/digital poem." Quite interesting as a metaphor for what we do when we browse in the corporate sites/tools such as Google and Yahoo. And Facebook, yadayada.
SOUNDSEEKER - JHAVE JOHNSTON (CANADA)
Jhave Johnston is a poet-programmer who has produced a large body of intermedial net art for many years at glia.ca. His most recent project, soundSeeker, like most of his work, is a Flash app. He says in the "About" section that soundSeeker is "an online real-time beat-synchronized poem animator. Sound drives the rhythm of the words: their speed and style of display can be controlled." What you see on the homepage of the project are twelve experimental videos produced by Jhave with soundSeeker. You can access the underlying interactive Flash app itself in the "Method" section of the documentation. In the "Motivation" section, Jhave discusses remarks by Rudolph Arnheim concerning intermedia. This is a fascinating project that also has terrific documentation.
AUDIO ON THE WEB (INT)
I've put together a separate page of links to works on the Web
that focus on interactive audio.
A literary/artistic online
and offline magazine from
New York. Check out this
sequence of videos: "A
Documentary Saga of the
(CANADA & USA)
A collaborative work of (Shockwave) interactive
audio between Jim Andrews and Margareta
MANDRAKE VEHICLES (UK)
An interesting suite of digital poems by Oni Buchanan and Betsy
Runo Eino Santanen and Tatu Pojavirta have created a textual
version of the classic arcade game Space Invaders.
AS IN DOG (USA, FINLAND)
Dan Waber and Marko Niemi have created a concrete, minimal,
programmed meditation on the alphabet.
JHAVE JOHNSTON (CANADA)
Jhave is a poet-programmer. His blog
is a fascinating collection of writings, streaming
videos, graphics, and other media largely concerned
with language arts. Also check out his glia.ca site
where you will find his Flash work, which is
very programmerly literary media. Quite a bit
of his Flash-based work combines video and
text with interactive programming.
3D first-person shooter game by Nick Kang. Fullscreen, fast,
can be multi-player, Shockwave. Amazing example of good Director
J. NIEMI (FINLAND )
The many projects
of the poet-programmer Marko Niemi. Marko is probably the world's
leading poet-programmer of DHTML works (interactive, dynamic
HTML). He also is very active in translating digital poetry
Here is a different sort of poetry. You don't have to understand
French to enjoy this work. I was particularly taken with "la
is a collection of 14 Shockwave pieces. Most are both sonic and visual. These
works mostly proceed by symbols moving around and interacting
with each other. Sometimes you can affect that motion and interaction.
It gives a sense of the interaction of symbols in a way different
language to produce meaning.
Of "la colonie", Gherban says:
"The colony" is made up of a collection of small automata having various
artistic 'functions'. The sounds come from my voice; phonemes are used to
produce sound sequences in real time."
Gherban is one of the organizers of the 2007
e-poetry conference in Paris.
Superior Java 3D poem.
Interesting interactive fiction site. Flash. By Andy Campbell.
& COLLABORATORS (INT)
Over the years, vispo.com has come to house some innovative
and fascinating work by a range of artists. The Guests & Collaborators
page describes and links to that work and to works
on vispo.com that I did in collaboration with others. Part of
what we are doing is building a network of art and relations.
is for Apple is an interactive work that investigates
a cryptography of the apple. Using an ever expanding series
of associative links, the work looks for hidden meanings,
coincidences and insights that stem from the apple. This
leads to a vast web of references from western metaphysics,
popular culture, the history of cryptography, ideas of language,
and psychoanalytic theory."
See also the interactive, cinematic work MEANWHILE and
David's Flash works Likewise, Riddled
With the Stinx, on his personal site chemicalpictures.net.
"This site mainly consists in a list of links to sites
having to do with dynamic algorithmic art (exhibitions, theory,
documentation of pieces, technologies, critiques)." A strong
collection of links edited by Antoine Schmitt.
OF COMPUTATION (USA)
Jared Tarbell's algorithmic visual work done with the Processing
language (Java based).
Interactive Shockwave and Java work, primarily, by
Yugopop, Soda, Dextro, META, James Tindall, Lia, Mark Napier,
Giselle's work is quite diverse. She does
installation work involving cell phone technology
and also does considerable net art; she
is both a poet and a code/visual artist. For
instance, she does visual work such as "I
Love Your Gif", which is mainly visual,
but also does work such as "The Book After the Book".
She works with many types of codes.
Brian Mackern's site of artist-programmer experimentation.
Geof Huth maintains an exceptional blog concerning visual poetry.
He reviews work, writes about issues relating to visual poetry,
and presents his own work also. Geof has been a visual
poet for many years.
Eugenio is an artist-programmer who has created a
body of Shockwave work for the Web. Plus some other work in PHP
and Visual Basic. Some of Eugenio's work is exploratory of the
'semantic Web', ie, you type something into the interface and
the program then uses Google image search or perhaps an online
thesaurus or whatever to retrieve relevant data and then does
stuff with it. He also has some downloadable software online
such as MIDIPoet (done with Visual Basic) to create reactive
text and image pieces. And he has done some other strongly conceptual
work in PHP where, each time a Web page is visited, a character
is deleted or generated or, in another piece, a synonym replaces
a word of the page--that is in a piece titled "Philosophy
Jimpunk makes some of the most active Internet art I've
seen. Don't know if it works well on a Mac, but with a PC
running IE, it runs brilliantly. Just click something and then
sit back and behold. You might need to know that Alt+F4 closes
browser windows. He opens and closes a thousand browser windows
during a piece, often. And resizes them dynamically. And sometimes
opens up Quicktime and makes the windows transparent relative
to the desktop...all sorts of things. If you're interested in
with the whole screen.
Chris Joseph is a net artist with a strong sense of composition
amid several media at once. He also does 391.org
Shockwave interactive audio/visual work here, mainly
non-representational, imaging Lingo-oriented.
Jason Lewis is a poet-programmer. My favorite piece of his is
Know What You're Thinking". You download the executable
(PC only) and run it. It searches your hard drive for your writings:
email and other documents. It then presents phrases from these
writings in a memorable way. I found it gave me an unusual perspective
on parts of my own history I had almost forgotten.
LIKE US (UK)
Ubu.com released an album of music by People Like Us. Very interesting
music in the 'plunderphonics' mode, popular music from the 20's
to the 90's from Europe and the USA cut up/together/mixed in
delightful ways. You can also download the CD cover art and make
your own CD.
Gregory Whitehead is one of the most significant audio artists
from the eighties to the present. Lots of work here to check
Brian Mackern's netart.org.uy is a site of sound
toys, internationally collaborative net.art of various types,
and an artist's years-long project. A terrific 'personal
site' and full of projects that reach far beyond the individual.
Here is a Czech flash piece: done by Jakub Dvorsky and Tomas
Dvorak, as indicated by the credits you see at the end of this
trip/puzzle. A charming puzzle/game.
Barbara Lattanzi is an artist-programmer (works with Director),
writer, and a film maker. Her work is of
various types. I enjoyed three parts of what I found on her site.
Her work with interactive video on the net is important. She
also lets you download the
source code of some of her Director experiments with QuickTime.
Her experiments are compelling; you can examine different videos
under the influence of the algorithms. She also writes intelligently
and engagingly about digital video in pieces such as "We
are all projectionists".
Peter Luining's site has an interesting collection of audiovisual
Shockwave. He also uses the Flash Communications Server and Multi-User
Server in a piece that is wonderful in its Mondrianesque compositional
interactivity with other people online at the same time.
OF THE ESSENTIAL AND BEYOND THAT (BRAZIL)
Regina Célia Pinto publishes this regularly updated
site that publishes cross-cultural and multimedia work by primarily
writerly web.artists, and links out extensively to new work.
Good coverage of exciting new work in South and North America,
MARIA URIBE (ARGENTINA)
Ana Maria Uribe's "Tipoemas y Anipoemas" are typographical
and animated poems. As you go through her work, you see that
she is a very serious visual poet of her country and is presenting
a large and important body of work on her site. She has made
a strong transition from the page to digital media; the soul
that radiates from her work is intelligent, inventive, humourous,
and deeply engaged in visual poetry.
Christophe Bruno does fascinating conceptual, poetical net.art.
His site combines interesting programming with a delightful sense
of humour. And what a great domain name!
DAN WABER (USA)
Logolalia.com is Dan Waber's site of visual and interactive
poetry. The site also contains considerable work by other people.
Superior net.art 'magazine'.
Antoine is a professional programmer and an artist. Check
determination" for sure. Most of Antoine's work is in
Shockwave. He has a passionate interest in programming/writing
the motion of the body. His asFFT Xtra for Director is for making
Director works that respond to the music you play in winamp,
Frédéric Durieu's work is unique. Consider, for instance, his "oeil
complex". This is a fascinating piece of work. Beautiful
and ingenious, conceptually strong, movingly animated and mathematically
solid. And programmed with liquid skill using 'imaging Lingo'.
This piece, for instance, shows Director's strength and speed
in manipulating bitmaps. It is a numerous creature. The eye
is lovely, also. There is a slight apprehension and sensuality
to the creature that we see transformed and that we ourselves
transform and shape. This is a piece where I would really like
to have a look at the source code! I should point out that
this piece is part of a suite at lecielestbleu.org using
the same animation sequence in different ways.
Superior Shockwave/Flash interactive audio/visual work by Nicolas
TO ARGENTINE NET ART (ARGENTINA)
An extensive page of links by Marta Gonzales to sites containing
net art by Argetine artists. Marcello
Mercado's site is very interesting, as is findelmundo.com and
the work in it by Belén Gache, Jorge Haro, Gustavo Romano, and
ANTONIO VIGO (ARGENTINA)
The visual poetry and mail art of the late Argentine poet.
An organization in Argentina whose site features the visual
poetry of many visual poets from around the world and especially
Ken Gordon and Fletcher Moore ask poets to riff on a selected
topic and publish the results. The interface design is of note
in this project.
NICO VASSILAKIS (SEATTLE/NEW JERSEY)
Nico Vassilakis is one of the most interesting visual poets
around today. And lots of his work is on the net, so check him
in the fourth dimension
Tune in, gravity off, bug out.
A strong blog of visual poetry.
theworldowesyoualiving.org is poly-artist Matt Fair's web site.
It is the fruit of a lifetime of thoughtfulness and exploration
about the idea that we live in a world of surplus, not scarcity,
and that the ingenuity of humanity is capable of creating a world
where our inventions profit humanity, not simply the owners.
It is a tremendously affirmative site while exploring the problems
of inequality that are turning the world into fiefdoms.
My links to Director resources.
A cohesive Flash site of great beauty and invention. For the
most part, this site is visual, sonic, and interactive. You don't
really need to understand any of the three languages it is in:
Russian, English, and Latin. A 'must see'.
Joe Keenan's DHTML poetry is beautiful, memorable, thoughtful,
soulful, and very inventive in its new media.
STEVE TANZA (UK)
Steve Tanza is a talented Shockwave artist, ie, a polyartist
and programmer. Good Shockwave work in terms of sound, interactivity,
graphics, and programming. You will want to revisit this one
occasionally. Steve's sites are extensive. Tanza is also
the founder of soundtoys.net.
Jogchem Niemandsverdriet's site (I think) is highly inventive
in new media poetry and personally engaging.
This Slovenian poet technologically savvy. Be sure to check
out Typescape.2. He had a book of poems published in 1994 and
his first net.work was in 1997, ie, he has migrated to the web
as a writer, and has been rather busy since.
Jason Nelson's Flash hypermedia literary work is the zaniest
literary hypermedia out there.
Flash work. Check out the archives. Develops a character
and a kind of poetry. A new piece every two weeks. By H. Hoogerbrugge.
CAMILLE MARTIN (CANADA/USA)
Camille Martin, a Toronto poet and collage artist, moved from
New Orleans shortly after Katrina to settle in Toronto. Her site
contains her visual poetry, essays, and reviews.
She has been instrumental in the
art of both the Web and radio: in the eighties, she produced
the New American Radio series that commissioned audio artists
to produce work that aired frequently on NPR in the States and
around the world; now she is producing turbulence.org,
which commissions Web/net artists to produce web.art. Her own
site contains fiction, audio for radio, net.work, and critical
observations on a number of issues.
KARPOV (CITIZEN OF THE WORLD)
I used to have a link here to Andre, who lived in Russia. Then
he went travelling to Spain or Italy, became a musician, and
his site went down, so I removed the link. Most recently, he
has moved to New York and is back at it. As of this writing,
he has an excellent new piece at andrekarpov.com/hell.html.
Update: He has
moved to San Francisco.
Helen Thorington and Regina Beyer put together a superb radio
series that aired on NPR and elsewhere around the world during
the eighties and early nineties called New American Radio. The
series featured many works of audio writing by figures like Gregory
Whitehead, Susan Stone, and Matt Fair. Now Helen is creating
Turbulence, which seems to have something of the same flavour--only
in new media.
ALAN BIGELOW (USA)
Webyarns.com is Alan Bigelow's site of Flash-based literary experiments.
Michiel's site contains work in a range of media, techs,
concerns, and arts from Shockwave interactive audio/vis pieces
to an alternative to the movie to descriptions of some
of Michiel's previous projects (with photos) of artists
books he's made, CD's, cassettes.... this site shows an artist
involved in writing and many media simultaneously.
Michael Harold is a poet, visual artist, and thinker whose work
is rare in its understanding of and evocation of language
in all things. In addition to the above URL, I recommend reading
his PDF books Redmoon, Art
and Technology, Somewords.com,
POETRY CENTER (U.S)
Coordinated by Loss Pequeño Glazier and Charles Bernstein in
Buffalo, the Electronic Poetry Center is a good resource
in its width and depth. In particular, the radio show hosted
by Bernstein called LINEbreak is
available there. They also run a poetics
A learned, varietous, and rewarding assortment of works
concerning (mostly) the twentieth century avant garde.
UBU Web is the brainchild of Kenneth Goldsmith. The site contains
a knowledgable historical perspective on visual/concrete poetry.
The site also has a wealth of videos (youtube of the avant garde).
Page_Space is a project by Braxton Soderman and Jason Brown.
It involves a web site of collaborative work among writers and
programmers. There was also a gallery show of some other work
between writers and programmers.
CHEEK & KIRSTEN LAVERS (UK & USA)
"Far From Silicon Fen" is "a ten minute image-text-sound work
for the web browser interface that playfully explores the origins
and ideologies of naming places to perform a critique of techno-romanticism."
You can check out other Cheek/Lavers collaborations at thingsnotworthkeeping.com.
An anthology of (primarily) Brazilian web art
edited by Omar Khouri.
SYLVIA BIGHETTI (BRAZIL)
Interactive audio/visual Shockwave work.
CHING POETRY ENGINE (USA)
A thoughtful and pleasing piece of work in new
LARS SINDA (GERMANY)
thelotuseater.com is Sinda's site of his pencil drawings. Plus an interesting Flash interface and some music by Sinda. Probably influenced by the Russian site Conclave Obscurum?
THE WHALE HUNT BY J HARRIS (USA)
Photographic story. Interesting Flash interface into the photos, of which there are a couple of thousand of a trip from NY to Alaska (reading Moby Dick on the plane) to participate in some way in native whaling.
Have a look at Jonathan Harris's site number27.org. There are quite a few worthwhile net art projects here.
Sylvain Barra, Benoit Blein, Laurent Padiou have created an
intriguing interactive cinema.
KIM STEFANS (USA)
The "Dreamlife of Letters" is a catalogue
of well-executed Flash typographical manipulations. He also does Arras.net
PEQUEÑO GLAZIER (USA)
Loss has a range of work available on his site from poems to
essays, sound works, visual+kinetic, documentary, and reviews/edits.
He is the director of the Electronic
Poetry Center in Buffalo at SUNY; his own site is on the
Ted Warnell's background is as a visual artist. His work
for the Web primarily operates between visual and literary art
in new media.
Source of reviews, interviews, and scholarly articles
on digital writing. Ranges through the international, and is
in both English and German, often. It is published by Dr. Roberto
The piece is set in a 3D lettristic scape you navigate VRML-like.
You encounter sound clusters that you shake around; click at
other times to reveal a letter/sound horde. Engaging. Part of
the Summer 2000 Remediproject,
at which there is a short interview with the Squid Soupians.
Unusual in the way it combines kinetic/visual
work, usually involving language, with a story and also a philosophy.
The visual pieces are insightful. They open the
mind like a book opens. And they come to have
a strong sense of the talisman to them, if that is the right
word. I mean that they are meaningful and also through
the story you can see their place in an evolving person's growth.
So that the visual/kinetic pieces are strongly linked with the
Writing about interactivity: "Reflections
About Interactivity" Luis O. Arata Dialogue
as a model for interactivity in multimedia Presented by Geoffrey
Most of her work on the Web describes and provides video of
STUDIO CLEO (USA)
Claire Dinsmore has created a site of considerable atmosphere--positively
dank dark fin de siecle literary and vis artistic. She has assembled
exhibitions of many of the last century's noted writers and artists,
and has considerable of her own work up also.
& NET (USA)
The first issue features
work by Ted Warnell, Todd Sanders, George Quasha, Peter Ganick,
David Knoebel, Jennifer Ley, Lars Wickstrom, Reiner Strasser,
Kohei Shimizu, Talan Memmott, Nathaniel Bobbitt, State Sanctioned
Sedation, Thomas Bell, Cecil Touchon, Shawn Phillips, and Jim
TO BRAZILIAN DIGITAL POETRY
Sao Paulo's Jorge Luiz Antonio has put together a page of links
to many of the wired Brazilian poets on the Web.
Jim Rosenberg is a poet-programmer who has been active and
inventive in interactive poetry since 1988. He is also a mathematician.
Check out the downloadable Diagrams Series 6. You won't find many other poet-programmers who
have been active since 1988 practicing in 2011; Jim Rosenberg
is an important early and contemporary figure in digital poetry.
IOWA REVIEW WEB (USA)
Occassional publication of new work by various writers doing
Java visual art.
Intriguing use of Quicktime, Shockwave, and great humour in
the work of this net/web.artist.
"this is sad...i thought it mite have been a hoax but it
isn't...her husband, Raivo Kelomees, just confirmed it...........
she is survived by Raivo and her two children, 13 & 3 y][t][ears
old........" email from Mez to the Webartery list, June
>Estonian media artist
Magazine featuring 'poems that go' as in Flash, Director, etc.
Philippe Castellin (Akenaton) is the current editor of Doc(k)s,
a long running French magazine of the literary avant garde. Doc(k)s
is brancing out into the Web and CD and performance.
David Knoebel's site combines text and sound in imaginative,
writerly ways. David has done many interesting collaborations
with Reiner Strasser, Ted Warnell, and others.
One of the premier Chinese Web artists. Dajuin says of his work
"i'm a chinese composer/artisan/art historian. Nowadays
i do mainly electroacoustic music/computer music/musique concrete.
But concrete poetry has been my secret love since the mid-1970s.
i stopped experimenting with concrete poetry in the early 80s.
I then started making concrete poetry for/on the web/computer
in early 1997 (site: Wonderfully
Absurd Temple -- pronounced "Miao Miao Miao" in chinese,
believe it or not), after i learned the basics of animated
GIF and web publishing.
Two years later, i had a paradigm shift and started "Wenzi
Concrete" ("words concrete"), which focuses on works
that use only chinese characters, spoken words, found speech,
found text, etc. -- all based on, and limited to, the chinese
script system. For some of the pieces, it's a sort of "musique
and "objet trouve" concepts applied to chinese language.
it is also what i call "calligraphy for the future." It is
also the work of a "character fetishist.""
Excellent site, a must see, regardless of whether you know Chinese
or not. Great concept work, visually drop dead beautiful, and
thoughtful and effective in its use of Shockwave.
Andy Deck is an artist with the Java language and an American
concerned about what the USA is doing in the rest of the world.
Ozcan Turkmen's site of digital poetry. There's an English
section (small) and a Turkish section (large). "Entropic
Poetry" (done in
Java) finds/creates human meaning around Shannon's notion of
is a conceptual poem involving programming, the visual, and
an essay on the
concept. "The Story of a Line" (done in Flash) traces
human growth through
the consciousness of a geometric figure.
FORM ART BY ALEXEI SHULGIN (RUSSIA)
This is not new—it's from 1997. But it's worth a look. Shulgin describes it as "An interactive, formalist art site, which can be aimlessly navigated by clicking through blank boxes and links."
JAAP BLONK (NETHERLANDS)
Jaap Blonk is a very fine sound and visual poet from Holland. Originally trained as a mathematician.
If you'd like to sample what's going on in London literarily, this is a good blog to check out. It's published by Alex Davies and Steve Willey. They post notices of diverse literary events in London and also post videos of past readings in London. The links section of the blog is very useful also. But primarily it's a site for the Openned reading series in London.
Lots of interesting essays.
Daniel Chandler's site concerning media studies. Daniel's essays
on such topics as Technological
Determinism are engaging and informative.
of BRIGHTON DESIGN SCHOOL (England)
Dr. Chris Mullen's site is concerned with "The Visual Telling
of Stories" and marshalls work from around the globe and many time
periods. You can tell Dr. Chris's heart is in this project!
& DUST (U.S)
One of the most comprehensive sites on the Web regarding experimental,
avant garde poetry. Karl Young, the editor, has assembled a strong,
primarily pre-Web collection of works and criticism.
MARINA ZERBARINI (ARGENTINA)
This is an extensive site by the Argentine net artist Marina Zerbarini. Since 1998 she has been creating net art. She teaches Multimedia and Electronic Arts at National University Institute and at the University Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires. She collaborates in the group “Colaborarte”. Look for the NetArt section of the site (it's in the Galleria section). It is primarily in Flash. And here is an article/interview with her in Spanish and English.
A very useful blog concerning generative art by Marius Watz,
Jana Winderen, Anne Britt Strømsnes, and Erik Johan
Type in three or four words, the start of a sentence, and let
Google finish the sentence. Check out the other projects also
on this site by Douwe Osinga.
DICTIONARY OF PHILOSOPHY (USA)
Some useful articles such as those on connectionism.
A wealth of useful articles, really.
Edward Picot is an interesting writer of poetry and reviews
of hypermedia. I find myself reading the reviews on his Hyperliterature
Exchange to the end.
THE GOOGLE (USA)
A game using google by Grant Robinson. You're presented with
twenty thumbnails and asked to guess the one-word query that
generated the images. Time bonus. Basic idea is very good. Implementation
is superior. Doesn't tell you what the answer is though, when
you don't guess correctly. I guess that's so the question can
be used later if 'desired'. Also, a 'game' should consist of
a fixed number of questions so that the high-scores are more
meaningful, maybe. Otherwise, the game just goes on until you're
bored. Better to end a game before the player is bored with it?
Mind you, a guitar doesn't limit the number of plunks and then
buzz, game over. This ain't a guitar though, either. Minor criticisms
aside, I was impressed with the basic idea and implementation
here. http://grant.robinson.name is
worth checking out too.
I played two strong works from this site. Linked from the home
page is an audio work by Susan Stone called "Here
There is No Moon". This is a piece about suicide. Susan
Stone says: "I began by talking to my mother, who at the
age of 83 revealed a 40 year-old secret about her many attempts
at taking her own life while she was a young mother. Hard for
me to get objectivity on that one, but a startling beginning
to the gathering of dozens of stories from many sides of the
suicide issue: healthcare workers, counselors, doctors, poets,
philosophers, families, survivors. In fact, the tape-gathering
took place over 10 years." I first heard Susan Stone's work
around 1985 on one of the Tellus cassettes, along with work by
Gregory Whitehead. Really very extrordinary work. Since then
I've heard several other remarkable works by Susan Stone. She's
an important artist, I feel. She and Whitehead seem to have sort
of come out of the same egg, but they are by no means identical
twins. Another strong work is a Flash piece of storytelling by
Liz Dubelman called "Craziest" (3.3
Mb). You don't have to like Scrabble to enjoy this piece but
erm if you do... The transom.org site looks like its well worth
The piece "For All Seasons" is a well-realized piece
of latter day concrete poetry. I say 'concrete' because of the
mimeticism associated with concrete. If you have a webcam and
a Windows machine, you will also want to check out Müller's
other work at hahakid.ne
Mix of sound poetry and narrative by the Australian poet.
Here is an interesting approach to interactive fiction by Javier Maldonado and friends. A little review: "By revolving around characters, moral choices, scandal and relationships, but keeping you in the thick of the story rather than watching from above as in The Sims, Masq fills the soap slot on the PC. It's a genre that's going to be unstoppably popular one day." (quote from PC Gamer Magazine UK)
Videos of talks by Marvin Minsky, Daniel Dennett, Rebecca
Goldstein, Ray Kurzweil, and many others.
IDEAS WORTH SPREADING (USA)
Video talks by artists, scientists, scholars, and others.
For instance, Golan
Levin does a presentation on his software
art and Richard Dawkins argues
for atheism and different "reallys". The site bills itself
talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers."
This is a four-part TV series, available online, from Frontline
of PBS, produced by Lowell Bergman, that looks at 'journalism
in crisis'. The first part looks at 'Plamegate', where reporters
were subpoenaed and imprisoned who reported on WMD issues leading
up to the Iraq war. The second part looks at the clash between
the Bush administration and the New York Times' reporting on
NSA wire-tapping of USAmerican citizens suspected of terrorist
involvement; the third part looks at the proliferation of types
of news-reportage more entertainment-oriented than the sort
of public-service reportage associated with 'serious news'
and at The Los Angeles Times and its problems as a microcosm
of the problems afflicting USAmerican journalism more generally.
The fourth part examines the rise of Arab satellite
TV channels and their impact on the "war of ideas".
It focuses on the growing influence of Al Jazeera,
and the controversy around the launch of Al Jazeera
English, which U.S. satellite and cable companies have declined
Interesting short videos concerning USAmerican politics.
Here's an interesting essay called "Forty Years of Fluxus" by
Ken Friedman. Among other things, it contains discussion concerning
electric and electronic art and what Friedman finds of value
therein and what he doesn't, and why he does or doesn't. Also,
I enjoyed his examples of work that failed, and why it failed.
Technological work that failed thirty years ago seems to fail
for some of the same reasons now.
ALLISON CLIFFORD (SCOTLAND)
"The Sweet Old Etcetera" is an interactive artwork interpreting the work of poet E.E. Cummings for an online environment. The project received an Alt-W Production Award from the Scottish Digital Media Fund and was later nominated for a BAFTA in the interactive media category in 2006. More work by Allison on her site.
NEW WRITING UNIVERSE (AUSTRALIA)
Here is an inter-stellar map of the new writing universe. Mouseover the blueish map until a white box appears. Click it. Then click the "+" symbol for text about that particular constellation. Nice intro to unsuspecting arts juries???? The domain of the URL is quite unexpected: the Australian.council.gov.au !
SUBBLUE.COM BY TOM BEDDARD (UK)
Exotic curves. Butterfly curves, Harmonographs, Mandelbrots, Guilloché pattern generator, and so on.
TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD (U.S)
A graphically beautiful consideration of the art associated
with The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Mahayana Buddhism). I don't
find the actual text of the book here. It's a very big book,
one of the biggies of humanity's efforts. Lots of explication
here of the myths. Lots of background. And stunning graphics.
Thinker, poet, story-teller, critic, visual artist, programmer
Poundstone. If you are interested in new media writing, this
is one of the better sites on the Web to check out. The writing
is excellent, fascinating, and well presented. The other media
are not decorative but are usually richly illustrative. Poundstone
is also the author of various books such as The Recursive
Universe: Cosmic Complexity and the Limits of Scientific Knowledge and The
RAVEN CHRONICLES (USA)
A Seattle literary magazine (print and Web) coordinated largely
by Scott Martin, Matt Briggs and Phoebe Bosche.
Highly interactive visual and sonic Shockwave work. Though there
is no author name here, it looks like the same person who did
Rhizome is a NY-based new media organization.
VECTOR PARK BY PATRICK SMITH (USA)
Interactive puzzle/narrative/art works that are most inventive and charming.
Superior Flash animation and complex design of engaging graphical
Collective of very high energy artists in many arts with an
emphasis on using Flash and Director in those arts.
Some interesting reviews on things poetical and electronic by
writers such as Chris Funkhouser, John Cayley, Eduardo Kac, and
Java work. Check out the first 'sketch', in particular, a piece
ANDREAS GYSIN (SWITZERLAND)
Fun Shockwave and Processing interactive work.
YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS (USA)