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Art-Search [we did not find anything, the answers change all the time]

Author: Xavier Leton


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Poem in french
It is a poem whose each worms is divided into two parts: the first part of the worms is the object of the request, the other is the button activating the request at Google


Author: jerome rigaud


this page contains some articles’ extracts and links - kind of news/blogs personnal review
this page exists due to a hack in the project called «feedonfeeds»; find out more here
the idea of the hack comes from eyebeam
and also thanks to a discussion with christophe from fabric|ch

A Depression

Author: Marjan van Mourik


The images, the words, the colours, the sounds, the motions, they're all ready there. It is like a palet with paint, a keyboard characters,covered with jpg., gif, wave, MP3,mov., doc. and other files. They're at my disposition and I will put them in a new, different context. They form the remains of my travels trough my mind, the virtual world, the real world and life

All The Stories

Author: dora garcia


A performance proposal and a collection of stories, described as follows:
"A man recites all the stories of the world in a loud voice. When he is done, all the stories, all men and women, all time and all places will have passed through his lips."


Author: Simon Biggs


Babel is a site specific work for a non-site. The context of the work is non-physical. The site is an abstract thing...information space and the taxonomy of knowledge that all libraries represent...which the Internet, where the project is realised, is.
The Dewey Decimal numbering system, used in the cataloguing of library contents, is the key metaphor, visualised in a three dimensional multi-user space that is itself a metaphor for the infinite nature of information.
In Babel the Dewey Decimal system is used as a mapping and navigation technique. The structure of the library is re-mapped into the hyper-spatial that constitutes the Web. The Dewey numbering system is employed as a means to navigate the internet itself, the taxonomy inherent in the numerical codes mapping onto web-sites that conform with the defined subjects.
The Dewey Decimal system is based on two concepts; firstly that each area of knowledge can be defined as a number and that the space between each numbered area is infinitely divisible. This allows the cataloguing system to be both navigable in its subject headings whilst able to contain an infinite number of potential entries in the catalogue. As such it is a simultaneously finite macrocosmic and infinite microcosmic system.
In Babel viewers logged onto the site are confronted with a 3D visualisation of an abstract data space mapped as arrays and grids of Dewey Decimal numbers. As they move the mouse around the screen they are able to navigate this 3D environment. All the viewers are able to see what all the other viewers, who are simultaneously logged onto the site, are seeing. The multiple 3D views of the data-space are montaged together into a single shared image, where the actions of any one viewer effects what all the other viewers see. If a large number of viewers are logged on together the information displayed becomes so complex and dense that it breaks down into a meaningless abstract space.
Viewers are able to generate specific Dewey Decimal numbers, a dynamic interface keeping them informed of web-site addresses that conform with the subjects thus defined. Viewers can select any site with a simple point and click of the mouse, opening the site in a new window.

Author: Myron Turner


"" is a data-mining project which mines the web and approximately 1000 world-wide library catalogues for data pertaining to some of the "big questions" of philosophy, religion and (recently) science. The result is a searchable database. I am interested in how we contextualize these concepts, both culturally and linguistically. The most interesting (and often amusing way) to proceed is not to search for the "big questions" but for some other terms of interest. This narrowing of focus gives us a kind of slice of life and reveals the ways in which those things which interest us are embedded in the universe of "big questions".
In addition to allowing for searches, also has a real time display, where the visitor can look into a small window of time during the data mining process. The real time display also allows the visitor to step through the lines of the data-mining program and to watch how the data is collected.
I have developed all of the software for this project, both the scripts which mine the web and the scripts which search library catalogues. Library searches are done using the Z39.50 information protocol. I am myself a contributor to the perl Net::Z3950 project and have developed a module which does asynchronous queries to large numbers of libraries; it's the module I use when mining library databases. On the browser side, I use DHTML and communicate with the server by means of perl scripts.
System and Browser Requirements: requires IE 5.0 or later and Netscape 7.0. I have tested it using Netscape 7 and Mozilla 1.01 on Linux with no problems. It runs on Mac OSX using IE 5.2; it is buggy in the real time display when run in Safari.

body language

Author: christopher otto


A database of all of my clothes, shown as poetry.


Author: dora garcia


A woman lives in one of two identical rooms. A camera films, from within the second room, the space she lives in, day and night. The woman consents, she is even pleased with it, since she finds the presence of the camera a proof of the value and importance of her existence. But panic seizes her as she realizes that the amount of filmed time is in inverse proportion to the time she has left to live.

computerfinearts collection

Author: Doron Golan


netart collection and archive --- java enabled & supports

dada newsfeed

Author: Eugenio Tisselli


//1. get a random news headline from a current news server
//2. get a random image from an image bank, based on a random word taken from the headline
//3. combine these two elements in a web-collage and display them on a page
//4. if the user clicks on the image, a new image and a new headline are displayed
//5. if the user clicks on the headline, a new image is displayed,
//and the headline is transformed as the computer attempts to get a synonym for
//every word in the headline. these synonyms are taken from an internet
//thesaurus. if no synonym is found, the original word is preserved.


Author: Reynald Drouhin & Emilie Pitoiset


The idea of a superabundance of information as only vector of misinformation, led us to transcribe a database starting from raw information of topicality made up from the Web. TARGET, TERRORIST, BOMB, CRASH, FIRE, ANGELS. This project is a fragment of a given time. Data-raw (flow of continuous information) is a "work in progress" which draws from that database (image and sound) and recomposes in various ways.


Author: 100luz



Des Frags

Author: Reynald Drouhin


Defragmentation of the Internet by Images: With the aid of one or several “key words”: to determine the images that will be researched (mosaic modules) to recompose the image that you have submitted (the matrix).
"Des frags" is a project using the resources available on the Net and to put them to a different purpose than that for which they were originally designed. For this, the project is, in appearance, very simple: using existing tools available on the web to create the final work (from/by and with the Net). “Des frags” is the defragmentation of the Internet… A multitude of information is available on the web, and this project allows all this information to coexist together in the one final image: a matrix that will serve as a global reference point of the different elements of which it is composed.
“Des frags” is also a “blow” (a murder for players of video games)… meaning a “hold-up” of existing images on the Net: the appropriation of a raw material present on the web and reactivation of this “dead”, archived memory into a live, ephemeral memory.

DINGWELT [i.e. thing world] The exchange market for things with history

Author: KUNSTKOMMT! Petra Müller and Michelle Adolfs


Exchange a thing with a story for a printed artwork with represented thing - this idea is behind the net art project DINGWELT. DINGWELT collects things with a hand written story of their owners and stages them.
The market offers 12 things with history as printed art works. Everyone can select a picture and offer an own used thing for exchange by (package) mail. Anything is accepted, only a short, hand written history must be sent in with the thing. In return the participant receives the art printing from the catalogue. The exchanged items are documented with picture plus story online.
The collection grows during the process. In the documentation the individual present relations and the processes of imagination survive. A conscious participation and the narrative production of meaning is provoked.The social, symbolic and aesthetic concepts of things with their form of poetic writing become the focus of intention, while the function and the material construction of things form the background.


Author: Shannon Bain


'dysfunctionary' is more about the misunderstandings of the ACT of reference prevalent in much of the earlier loosely "post-modern" dialogue than about REFERENCE in the dictionary sense. However, it's the play between the two notions that allows the joke. The confusions, contortions and distortions so common in what was once called "post-structuralist discourse" provide what little content it has... more of a snide quip than anything; it's a dumbed-down literalization of the some of the more popular mid-70's Derrida-centered misreadings of linguistics. Reference was divorced from semantic relations between word and world and reduced to an in-turned churning of language, Patterns of significance are determined solely through the flip-flop play of "differance". Language leads inexorably and "groundlessly" back to language in what almost seems a short-sighted and contradictory re-animation of idealism in the light of Heidegger. Believe it or not, I'm teasing at that notion.
To operate it, choose one of the options. When it's loaded, simply click somewhere on the page and then type in the word you want defined and hit enter/return. If it can find the word it will, depending on the page you chose, give you the definition or synonyms and antonyms. On the dictionary side, the word defined will cling to your mouse and eventually the words of the definition will start to dance around it. On the thesaurus side, the synonyms will orbit the word and the antonyms flee. Hit refresh in your browser to try another word. Unfortunately, it works best with Explorer.


Author: Christophe Bruno


Fascinum, created in 2001, is a real-time news-portal hack. It fetches the news pictures the most viewed (ranked from 1 to 10) archived on different national Yahoo portals.


Author: matteo peterlini


Share your identity with us.
Send a picture of your identity card and wait for futher permutations!
Into the net individuality and the identity of the individual pass into each other in a continuos blend of personalities. The idea of such a work of web art is that of creating a sort of multiple identity card between the partecipants. The becoming of the individual is formed by the constant comparison with the other’s becoming. The creation of a global identity card is thus produced where subjects create and the others identity through the continuos exchange the shaping of new forms of the fisionomy of the face, not only, does it stimulates conceptually the possibility for a collective identity, but the identity of the individual as well.
Iotualtro.gnr (generator) is a further development of the iotualtro project, started at the beginning of the year 2003. It is an exchange theat appeared in the formal result like a loss of identity or the impossibility to determine and set an univocal identity.
Through time, the project has been enriched by a certain record of photo's, due to grow even more in the future.The contemporary identity is characterized by its indetermination and its trasversality but also by its evanescence and untouchability. Showing itself to the world it is never present but always elsewhere.
Such new version of the project is meant to show how we can swap from unique to manifold and the other way round.
The application selects casually an image from the record of photos and, sets an array of pixels of it, according to the order of the array generating the own algorithm in that very moment. The result is an image created by arrays of horizontal pixels drawing or tending to configurate in a casual way an inexistent identity.

Ivy League

Author: Jillian Mcdonald in collaboration with Kelty McKinnon


~ an attack on the hyperbole that surrounds English Ivy. Our research is located in the diversity of the Web and particularly in popular classification systems such as dictionaries, almanacs, and manuals. The results are yielded as a conflicted, bizarre and oft times militant form of nature worship. We posit that the recent rhetoric surrounding native plants is concurrent with hybridizing notions of identity and nationalism due to the forces of globalisation. In all biological life, including human, ‘immigrants and foreigners’ tend to be the scapegoats for local problems. Invasive species are constantly blamed for the changing ‘degraded’ landscape, while little attention is paid to patterns of development that set the conditions for these species to thrive.


Author: Tamar Schori


'Memolog' - a piece, 2004
Memolog is launched at Terrorvision, in Exit Art Gallery, NY, 05/04
Memolog honors the memory of children, up to the age of 14, who have been murdered in terror attacks since the year 2000. Terror acts that involved killing since the year 2000 are represented by cards designated for countries. Memolog is a quilt-generator inspired by the Aids Quilt. With your help and participation, a quilt of memory will be created to honor and remember the many victims in the war of terror. Read More in

My Case

Author: Elyasaf Kowner


"My case is like a pandora case. It is an archive of video tapes with movies representing the people I meet & the day to day tension between the mundane and the sublime"
Says Elyasaf Kowner

Author: Dimitris Fotiou


Description: is a web-art piece referring to the online communication made possible by the the use of webcams, chatrooms and voice conferences. Its aim is to point out the "user's" reaction in front of a webcam or his behaviour inside a chat room or a voice conference.

One world with many faces

Author: Alexander Honory


"One Wordl With Many Faces is an ongoing project. The aim of the project is to create a reecord of the faces of people from 12 major cities on four continents. In each city I take photographs and film of 720 city-dwellers in order to capture 8000 faces from all over the wourld. All the people are photographed in the same container, in front of the same backdrop, and with the same lighting. In this way the inhabitants of 12 capital cities from different continents come together in the same room and under the same circmstances."
The cities represented at the web are: Antwerp, Bogotqa, Lodz, Vienna, Panama City and Buenos Aires


Author: Tamar schori


Oodlala is a browsable data-base of interlinked objects that will grow over time. The users are invited to upload images of personal memory objects along their stories. The overall experience of Oodlala should resemble fumbling through Items in a flee market, forgotten drawers, dusty attics etc. The objects will appear on the interface when they are invited and linked to an existing object according to found similarities. Lonely items appear on a "stand-by" card where other item-owners may choose to include them in the Oodlala web.
The project is in the framework of [R][R][F] 2004* -->XP- the global networking project in:
I-Ocean // Netart from all Asia & Pacific area
PEAM 2004 - Pescara Electronic Art Meeting, Italy, May 04
BASICS Festival Salzburg, Austria, May 2004
The International Festival of New Film/New Media Split/Croatia June 04
* The show is realized and organized by Agricola de Cologne for JavaMuseum - Forum for Internet Technologies in Contemporary Art
Also featured in: Information Visualization Conference in London, England and Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization 2004 in Penang Malaysia

over memory archives

Author: sala-manca group


Over Memory Archives II is the result of the documentation of an area defined arbitrarialy as the Israeli Periphery of the Digital Art (result from the definition of the art center in 16 Yirmiahu , Holon, as the Israeli Center for Digital art)
The Media Archives, tries to revert in a symbolic and poetic way the relations and hierarchies between center and periphery.
The documentation which was done in March 2004 was an ambivalent act of encounter and estrangement: day in, day out, for about a week, city inhabitants were exposed to the documentation of, inter alia, locks, vegetation, sky, zebra crossings, cars passing by, walking rhythm, urban air-conditioning sounds, street names, graffitis.
The net version of the archives, is connected also to search engines which bring also it’s results to the chosen category.
We hope that in the future, the existence of the internet site in the web will influence the web search engine, in a way that the items of the over memory archives will be shown as urban relevant results.


Author: ][mez][


:the DNA of programmer fare is code:
::the software schemata of mobile/relay chat is
manufactured via abbreviation, punctuation, + character realignment:
nuances of web communication are framed, linked & nestled in
net][soft][w][are][ork strata.


Author: Wolf




Author: sweii chong


SYNTHESIS offers a new way for designers to solve their technical issues using Internet-based help forums. Inspired by a desire to manage vast amounts of data and improve web searches, the tool enables simultaneous exploration of multiple internet forums using easily manipulated search queries.
With SYNTHESIS, internet forum readers and contributors have greater abilities to interrogate and retrieve information from databases using an Information Visualisation approach. Rather than simply showing searches and results as lists of text, SYNTHESIS enables users to visualise relevance, popularity and relationships within search results.
In a world of rapidly increasing amounts of information, SYNTHESIS helps to find order in chaos.
** It is an art project because the focus of this tool/project is to present the powerful possibility and application of graphical visualisation to the management of internet data.
** A working prototype is made, Only provided upon request.

The 12hr ISBN-JPEG Project

Author: brad brace



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The 12hr-ISBN-JPEG Project >>>> posted since 1994 <<<<
"... easily the most venerable net-art project of all time."

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> > > > Synopsis: The 12hr-ISBN-JPEG Project began December 30, 1994. A
`round-the-clock posting of sequenced hypermodern imagery from Brad Brace.
The hypermodern minimizes the familiar, the known, the recognizable; it
suspends identity, relations and history. This discourse, far from
determining the locus in which it speaks, is avoiding the ground on which
it could find support. It is trying to operate a decentering that leaves
no privilege to any center.

The Bomb Project

Author: Joy Garnett


The Bomb Project is a comprehensive on-line compendium of nuclear-related links, imagery and documentation. It is intended specifically as a resource for artists who require historical background as well as raw material. Gathered here are links to nuclear image archives (still and moving), historical documents, current news, NGOs and activist organizations as well as government labs and arms treaties. It makes accessible the declassified files and graphic documentation produced by the nuclear industry itself, providing a context for comparative study, analysis and creativity. Since its inception in 2000, The Bomb Project has provided useful resources to many artists, including Paul Shambroom and Michael Light. It has been included in the World of Art series title, Internet Art, by Rachel Greene (Thames & Hudson 2004). The Bomb Project, conceived and edited by Joy Garnett, was originally launched Spring 2000.

the Face of Tomorrow - the Human Face of Globalization - an archive of human identity now and in the future

Author: Mike Mike


The Face of Tomorrow is an open-source web-based series of digitally produced photographs by Istanbul based artist Mike Mike. It deals with notions of race, place, identity and belonging on both an extremely local level as well as on an impossibly ambitious, almost Borgesian, global scale. The project is an exploration of human identity as affected by the forces of globalization and makes full use of all the tools of the modern economy – distributed work across several time zones, outsourcing to take advantages of cost disparities, an open source model that allows input from contributors, and of course the internet itself as a medium of display and exchange.
Mike travels the world photographing in each city the first one hundred people he can convince to take part in his project. Using this database, he then combines the faces to create one new male and female individual, which for him is a distilled representation of that place at a future moment in time. On a personal level it is one artist’s search for identity and belonging and the relationship of self to the larger world. On a deeper level it as an exploration of the systems behind globalization and how these systems might influence the future make-up of each individual locus. Having grown up in apartheid-era South Africa, educated on four continents and currently living in Istanbul, itself a “schizophrenic city” sited on two continents looking east and west as well as north and south, it is understandable that these issues arising from globalization would form the central thesis of his work.
The source code, which documents the photoshoot, selection and morphing process is open for inspection and change by all involved. As a result the project has now taken on a life of its own, like a computer code or virus, and at present there are people in Colombia, Japan, Germany and Holland working on the project independently of Mike.

The Possible

Author: dora garcia


The Possible is an endless list of all possible things, each of them represented by the sound it produces. You can choose the items you prefer and combine them, thus creating an infinite number of possible situations, or, you can enrich your own life with the looped sound of any or several of the listed incidents.


Author: Reynald Drouhin


24 hours a day search engines seek pictures on the internet. Timescape presents glimpses into these searches as they happen, in real time. The Timescape landscapes appear as fleeting electronic canvases through an accumulation of random photographic mosaics. The contents of the landscapes are different with every new connection, and every time the page is refreshed. According to the time of day, a generic grid will appear... it is up to the user to define the elements of the matrix...


Author: Andreas Wacker


twexus is a database with images that I took. Those can only be viewed randomly.
A 'search' will always produce an image, and then remember this combination.
It will also feed search engines with those text combinations.
So its an interactive art installation that uses the internet and search engines in order to close the feedback loop.
The results are surprising:
While some people use it as an oracle, others are convinced that its used as a way for terrorists to communicate with each others. Google however has banned it. When you look for twexus then you will find lots of things, but not twexus itself.
Maybe I let you play with twexus a bit, before I ramble here more about it.
If you have further questions, or if this explanation should not make any sense,
then please drop me a line.


Author: Roopesh Sitharan


Upload-Download (UD) is an experimental online project presenting a collaboration between peoples around the globe.Central to the project is the theme of global communication and cross-cultural encounters.
Essentially, the project explores the impact of globalisation, free market capitalism, consumerism, and information /communication technology on the young artist , especially in regards to the notion of self, identity, nationality, spirituality and cross-cultural experiences.
The participants will engage in a series of collaborative online art activities related to the above-mentioned issues.

Variations / Variantes

Author: Don Sinclair


Variations / Variantes is an interface to a database containing about 25,000 images, 80,000 GPS data points, and hourly weather data from 3 local stations. Data was collected over a 15-month period between January 2002 and March 2003. The images were captured once each minute while cycling using a digital camera using a time-lapse mode.
Variations / Variantes prompts audience members to explore ideas of place from the seat of a bicycle. Taking its cue from my experience as a year-round, all-weather cyclist, the interface provides ways of navigating through different dimensions that reflect experiences of place. In this piece place refers not only to position but also to temperature, wind, and speed. A cyclists’ experience of place relates not only to location in space (position) but also to bicycle speed, wind speed, and temperature among others. While riding, one is in a certain place when traveling at 50 km/hr, riding in to a 30 km/hr headwind, or riding when the temperature is –10°C.
The layout of the interface takes its cue from Photoshop’s Variations dialog. This dialog allows users to explore an image manipulation space along axes of colour variation (red, yellow, green, and brightness). Variations / Variante is a more general application of navigation through a multi-dimensional dataspace. Axes of exploration are: position, wind speed, temperature, and bicycle speed. Audience members explore interrelationships between places by selecting a dimension to explore while other dimensions are held relatively constant. Travel through the dataspace melds together experiences that cross through day and night, road and off-road, solo and group riding, a variety of weather conditions, and all four seasons.
When an audience member clicks OK, the journey through the dataspace ends with a final enlarged image. Parallel to the cycling experience, the end is an anticlimax. It is the ecstasy of the journey one longs for.


Author: Jody Zellen


"War Stories" explores the United States Military's recent uses and abuses of photography.

[R][R][F] 2004--->XP

Author: Wilfried Agricola de Cologne


global networking project by Agricola de Cologne
[R][R][F] 2004 -->XP is an interactive environment. Its dynamic becomes
perceivable and the actual art work comes up only through the activity of at
least one single user, not restricted to using a mouse or keyboard for
exploring this net based art environment, but as the result of it the
activity which is provoked by using the senses and initiating processes
through associating.

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