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eyescratch on 5 Mar 2001 16:41:53 -0000


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>
>pregnant women donate urine to make other women get pregnant easier, a
>kind of furtiliser.


....____written while online_, still tying up a phone line_......

the first net.art i encountered was "logo.gif" at osnabrück__... (if you
discount bianca's love shack_ she had it going on long before_) (or the
frictionless surface bbs on fidonet before that -- always wonder why linux
has the penguin mascott when opus bbs software had it long before_!) they
ended up crashing the _ars electronica_ servers while running it_... i
recall i liked it_... partly because of the crash many miles away___...

beyond the pop art connotations it was a reaching out into this swelling
sea of dare i say web, and the humor of the presentation was like none
other i've seen_! they just had this _artist taking herself seriously gig_
down pat_! delivering with a straight face that which is _logo(s)_ on the
web___..... this was still in the time when one was hitting REAL homepages
on the net, today one hardly stumbles upon them_..__everything has gotten
so anonymous_...

(par example_, who works at nettime, i have no idea, i thought it was a
berlin-holland thing, but they broadcast from new york, but it's
definitely not rhizome_....__you get the idea_....)

at any rate you had all these homemade logos collected and they just kept
scrolling down, while talking all this trash of how important this was_.

the presentation was of course in the film context ---

(_like so much of net.art_)

(_even dirk of jodi made videos whilst still in the netherlands_) and
filmmakers having tasted the speed, the beauty of movement, the
juxtaposition in montage, the textures, the colors, the propensity for
paying homage to reality and truth (sorry mr.weible), the rhythms, the
ceaseless _running_ of huge clattering machines, not to mention dust_!
and, yes of course, the ability to transport_.... to make a place so
inviting and alive one walks with___.....

--- and that is what made this worldwidesampling of logo.gif so
humorous___...

well look at those networking guys - wish we could reduce them to
electrics again, and look at those programmers and wish we could conjure
her back into a script girl or better yet a best boy_! this may happen all
by itself as we internalize the network complexity____.....

i appreciate the universities employing all these net.art starlets_....

the new medium seems to be the emissary_....
be it the indoctrinated student or the dressed up representative__....
or the soon to be manufactured one (is this what heath is up to_?)___....
just as pollock used a stick to dribble on the canvas rather than 
splashing from a can or using his hands and fingers_....

(_but we know there were others_)

---> that napster guy left school to write it, yet perhaps if he'd 
studied in an art academy he wouldn't have sold out so quick_?

a note to the curators would --> figure the gimmick ::

with olia it's a highly developed sense of place, bordering on the 
activist, preserving the idea of the journey___... be it coming home, 
appearing here and there, or teleporting___....

with meta it's visualization of the array, trying to give it connotation__...

with jodi it's the broken screen, the broken text, the broken image 
as metaphor for the network__...

with mark amerikkka (what a dufus name_! i can't get over this...) 
its to be the ring leader, the offscreen announcer, the .org 
emulsifier__....

with integer it's being everywhere and everything at once, the axis 
of kritique_.... (i caress your firewire)

with etoy it's orange and bald in the legoland stockexchange/kz_....

with eyescratch it's kunstkritik (am i getting this right_?)__...

:: then curate the show by combining gimmicks modulatory, just as you 
combined paintings in the white cube :: make these artists work in 
each others specifications to create a new piece for your show_!! 
this should be the price of stardom! it would also create an 
unprecedented level of discourse among artist not seen since the 
early days of 7-11 (_how much are those archives going for_?_)_.. 
(i'm just taking the cue off the vinyl video show here__! not to 
mention the browser shows_...)

come on! it's written, the will + testament )du=#acdcac(, nobody 
believes that was for russia, something banal and senseless died, 
it's time to abandon the browser and leave html to the mailing lists 
(ascii ribbon campaign or not)__....

net.art will rise again when alexei kicks off the next round__...
(has he moved beyond a 386 yet_?)

of course net.art could have progressed quite differently, had vrml 
made it, to get back to the post that kicked this discussion off, 
instead of all the senseless smileyface buttons on aol 6.0 (jodi now 
releases, as ars electronica occurs, concurrently with them_!). Then 
it probably would have made the smooth transition from filmic 
discourse to architectural discourse___... imagine all those nameless 
cadcam operators uploading their stuff_!!!! we might have built our 
way out of the white box_! or out of the maze_! or out of the arena_!

----->>the following written march 1 1997>>

point & click environs.

shuffling text fields scrolling past the point of interception.

The internet is a vast assemblage of information, sloshing about to 
the point & click of user interaction.

Trapped, like a vast ocean between two continents, the internet is 
only assessable via very complex machines dedicated to the art of the 
network.

Like any medium in the early stage of its existence, it is still 
transparent to its inner mechanism, frustrating the casual user who 
feels herself drawn into a web of absurd compromises trying to 
configure her play station to accept the networks traffic.

This is a journey via the point & click environs of pages infiltrated 
by their index. Yet the medium evolves & the

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