geert on Thu, 15 Jul 2004 05:59:39 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Google buys Japanese painting of Google screenshot

(latest news: Google bought the painting for around $5000).


Reality Turns "Virtual" in Real-Time!? 

"Natural Process (NP)" is an installation that consists of exonemo's
first-ever pictorial work, "A web page," and a surrounding system. 

"A web page," the work at the center of this installation, is a
conversion of a well-known webpage (*1) into painted form. Simply put,
the painting depicts an entire webpage along with the window that frames
it! Yet, at the same time, it's not just a painting, but also "an
analogization of a digital object" or "a landscape painting of the
Internet." (After all, we see it through a "window"!) 

The NP system is constructed so that a webcam captures the painting in
the museum and transmits its image onto the Internet. Here's how it

[The webpage is converted into analog form (i.e. a painting)] >>
[installed in the museum] >> [filtered through the medium of the
exhibition space] >> [converted back into digital form] >> [and
transmitted onto the Internet]

In short, it originates from the Web and returns back to it through what
is probably the world's most-roundabout process ever!!
And by filtering through the medium of the museum, will the "data"
deteriorate? Or will it mature into something else!!!!!!?

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