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whats net art?

November 2, 2009

Net art in theory is anything and everything artistically expressed that has the right intent. Meaning, if it was created with intentions of being a creative product or piece of art which uses the internet as its platform then in my opinion it falls into the category of net art. No one has to be an artist to be a net artist. People all over are figuring out how to make creative endeavors on the computer by translating something they think is of value and then they easily share that with millions on the web. The Internet has a massive epidemic of Internet junk all over it. It’s worse than a melting pot or a junkyard or any physical comparison to an overwhelming pileup of stuff. Gigabytes and gigabytes of absolutely everything and anything that can or will be thought about in a human brain can be found on the Internet. So how do we decipher what is of value, what is “fad” and what is trash? It’s all left up to the individuals that all interact and participate in the daily events of the Internet. They have the power to commodify, glorify or destroy by the click of a button. One of the things I enjoy about net art is that it is always changing, and one cannot really get a set definition on it because its medium’s foundations will always be changing. There hasn’t been time to evaluate the solidity of web art fundamentals or what those should even be. Therefore why should we have to define what it is. I’m not trying to say it is or isn’t anything. I do believe it exists and that it is important and it is amazing, but I myself cannot give it a hard “Webster-Merion” kind of definition for it. All I can do is discuss my interpretation of it in my own words.
Many scholars and theorists in the art world are trying to come up with a solid foundation for where this medium starts and where it is going, and I like to leave that up to them. As an artist myself I look at it in an interpretive direction and with a very open mind. Sure any and everything on the net with intent can be considered net art, but I do believe there is good and bad net art and I appreciate both to an extent. My theory about net art is that it is always reproducing itself in so many ways, morphing and getting ripped off, and being appropriated, shared, stolen, and mocked that it eventually comes into full circle and we begin again right where it started. It’s like a vacuum, where everything; all the ideas and all the creative energy gets sucked into a power full cyclonic whirlwind and then settles into a pile where then it gets dumped into a bigger pile which get picked up by the wind and carried away back into our homes where we then again suck it all back up.
One of the reasons I love net art and digital art in general is that whatever you make or whatever you put out there will be shared with millions and one person in that millions pile will pick up on your ideas and either use that exact idea and change it into something they want to make or they use it to influence something that they make. We are able to see what everyone else is doing and in this thought I believe that web art can allow for progression and development in an art medium that is moving faster than any other in the history of time. What I mean by this is when we look at all the styles and genres of art throughout history we see that they get famed for their originality and the genius of the perfected technique, then it gets shown all over the world in museums and galleries and then it gets old and people start to look for the next genius style of art. This process takes many years as we look back, but now with web art it takes days or even hours, and that is what is so seductive and intriguing about it. It should be valued for its fluidity and transformations and its widespread affect on nations across the globe.
The benefits of net art are that we see what others are doing and immediately feed into those ideas. Net art appears to be way of artistically communicating much more than just simply representing something through the medium. Net art is blunt, it is social, political, magical, inventive, it is so many things and it tends to take on multiple levels in the role of art. It is a language that we communicate through the use of the web. It is a large-scale cyberspace recycling process that has no end to its possibilities. I see it as a fungus that keeps growing and growing and the Internet is like the warm dark place that the fungus needs to survive in…

Karaoke Time

October 20, 2009

A collaborative VJ party that my class, Interactive Installation & Performance art. We performed at the Walnut room and played our Max/msp/jitter patches that manipulated videos projected on a screen behind the karaoke singers. Some of us were brave enough to get up there and bust out their rock star performances (which are prepared for in the privacy of their bathrooms up to 4 months prior). Anyways this was an awesome trial and error day. There were many happy disasters and many real disasters, we did what we could with what we had and it turned out pretty interesting. We learnt from our mistakes and I am looking forward to see what comes out of the class next. We were aloud to make our videos for any song or one specific song that we wanted. I made each of mine for a certain song but my other video had problems and we all ended up playing our videos to other songs in other people’s patches which was really fun and cool to mix it up.

My first patch was set up to manipulate a video which I constructed for Red Red Wine by UB40. It reads volume and pitch which then manipulates the speed of the video and it has manual adjustments for the brightness, contrast, and saturation effects on the video as well a manual control over the speed of the video.

Picture 4My second patch is the same as the first one with two additional effects that are manually controlled. One is for blur with is really cool when the video speeds up from volume and everything is blurred. The second effect I added rotates the picture which has some element of what I originally intended but couldn’t find which was for the video to look shaky. The video for this patch was originally inspired by Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant.

Picture 5

Questions to ponder…

October 13, 2009

From the digital interactive reading…

After reading the definitions of interactivity do you agree with them? why or why not?

Do you think through digital interactivity and all the science and technological interfaces available to us that this is still considered a fine art? or is it something much more evolved than that?

Cool interactive media artist

September 22, 2009

Picture 1

Interactive Mirror

September 22, 2009

Interactive media performance

September 22, 2009

My Max tutorial example

September 14, 2009

My 1-5 tutorial review. This sends out bangs to three toggles that gives bangs to flashy buttons and then the buttons send out messages to the max windows at different rates in which you control.