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Table of Contents:

   Another Democracy Is Possible                                                   
     Quim Gil <>                                                

   MA in Media Design, Piet Zwart Institute                                        
     matthew  fuller <>                                              

   HorizonZero seeks Technical Development Lead                                    
     Justine Bizzocchi <>                                           

   Interview Yourself,, B0timati0n update...                      
     Amy Alexander <>                                         

   Onirica2003  -  (Ita -Fra -Eng)                                                 
     "ph2oartecuneo free space for art" <>                  

   AVM News March 2003                                                             
     "A Virtual Memorial" <>                                 

   CRISIS/MEDIA : The Uncertain States of Reportage                                
     Shuddhabrata Sengupta <>                                       

   Musicians on the Net                                                            
     Musicians on the Net <>                              

   call for proposals: Impakt Online                                               
     derek holzer <>                                                    

   Final call                                                                      
     "ViolenceOnlineFestival" <>                             

   Onewordmovie: an internet-based installation                                    
     Felix Stalder <>                                             

   Year Zero One presents: the Splash Page Project                                 
     Year Zero One <>                                               


Date: 21 Feb 2003 12:58:21 +0100
From: Quim Gil <>
Subject: Another Democracy Is Possible

I'd like to introduce you a political-media action we've just started in
Spain. Please forward it to any Spanish contacts you have and also
consider to apply it to your own country. We are open to collaborations:

(Background: Parties to play the media game in elections (11/Apr/2001) )

Otra Democracia Es Posible (Another Democracy Is Possible)

[original Spanish text below, sorry for my horrible English]

Become a member in a local candidature only to make that the electoral
administration must print bullets saying that "Another Democracy Is
Possible" in all the voting locations of you town in the elections of
May 25th. 


- - Beste Demokrazia Bat Posiblea Da (Basque)
- - Outra Democracia É Posible (Galician)
- - Una Altra Democràcia És Possible (Catalan)

Signing in is free, you can do it in two minuts in the web, you don't
need to belong to any political party, you don't need to be registered
in the town, you don't need to take responsibilities nor get more work

Forward this to your colleagues, please. Three days after the release of
the project there are already several lists opened:

    * Almería (1, 29 needed)
    * Barcelona (10, 30 needed)
    * Elche / Elx (1, 29 needed)
    * Granada (2, 28 needed)
    * La Bisbal d'Empordà (1, 17 needed)
    * Lloret de Mar (1, 19 needed)
    * Madrid (8, 42 needed)
    * Oviedo (2, 28 needed)
    * Premià de Mar (1, 23 needed)
    * Sant Cugat del Vallès (1, 23 needed)
    * Santiago de Compostela (1, 27 needed)
    * València (1, 33 needed)
    * Valladolid (2, 28 needed)

Thanks for your collaboration.

- ----------------------------------------

Preséntate en una candidatura municipal sólo para que la administración
electoral tenga que imprimir papeletas diciendo que "otra democracia es
posible" en todos los colegios de tu municipio en las elecciones del 25
de Mayo.

Próximamente también:

- - Beste Demokrazia Bat Posiblea Da
- - Outra Democracia É Posible
- - Una Altra Democràcia És Possible

Apuntarse es gratis, se hace en dos minutos en la web, no hace falta
estar afiliado a ningún partido, no hace falta estar censado en el
municipio, no hace falta adquirir responsabilidades ni cargarse de

Pasadlo a vuestro colegas, por favor. Tres días después del estreno ya
hay varias listas abiertas:

    * Almería (1, faltan 29)
    * Barcelona (10, faltan 30)
    * Elche / Elx (1, faltan 29)
    * Granada (2, faltan 28)
    * La Bisbal d'Empordà (1, faltan 17)
    * Lloret de Mar (1, faltan 19)
    * Madrid (8, faltan 42)
    * Oviedo (2, faltan 28)
    * Premià de Mar (1, faltan 23)
    * Sant Cugat del Vallès (1, faltan 23)
    * Santiago de Compostela (1, faltan 27)
    * València (1, faltan 33)
    * Valladolid (2, faltan 28)

Gracias por la difusión.



Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 12:10:18 +0100
From: matthew  fuller <>
Subject: MA in Media Design, Piet Zwart Institute

MA in Media Design
Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The MA in Media Design is a two-year full-time course offered by the 
Piet Zwart Institute.  We are the postgraduate centre for art and 
design of the Willem de Kooning Academy Hogeschool Rotterdam. 

Systems not surfaces
Too often,  media design has simply been the arrangement of pixels 
and plug-ins.  For us, the computer and the networks are where 
dynamics that are aesthetic, social, political, technical, spatial, 
linguistic, rythmic, economic, numerical, meet and shape each other. 
The role of the designer is to track, sort and remix these dynamics 
in relation to others.

Technology, theory, practice
In a working context where software is doing half the thinking and 
doing for you, where is the divide between theory, technology and 
practice?  This course is committed to a fundamental revaluation of 
the division between these terms.  We will look for and invent the 
technology that is in media philosophy; find the conceptuality of an 
operating system; and design in a way that synthesises the power of 
all three.

The course started last year and maintains the excitement of a 
process that is still being invented.  For participants, work is 
carried out as a series of group and self-initiated projects.  In 
certain cases participation in single projects may be arranged. A 
primary focus of the work is the internet, education in these 
technologies is a staple part of our work.  Core themes in our 
programme are: transmission, use, behaviour, and experience; 
knowledge and memory; the political economy of the information 
society; citizens and consumers, public and private identities; urban 
and virtual reality, network and diaspora.

Find more information at
Application dates for 2003-2004:
Recommended (for visa purposes) for applicants outside EU:  April 1st
Recommended for applicants inside EU:  July 1st
Final application deadline: September 1st


Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 10:39:24 -0700
From: Justine Bizzocchi <>
Subject: HorizonZero seeks Technical Development Lead

Position Description
This position for has key responsibility for technical design,
implementation, testing, and software development for the Canadian new media
web site, HorizonZero ( The Technical Development Lead
works collaboratively with the Technical Production Lead to support the
development and delivery of content on HorizonZero.  The position is
responsible for developing and maintaining proper documentation of projects,
and may be called upon to develop proposals for development of new
applications or approaches as well.

The Technical Development Lead also assists with other Banff New Media
Institute productions when available and provides leadership and mentorship
to work studies and junior designers.

The TDL reports to the Producer and to the Creative Director for
HorizonZero.  This is a full time term appointment to December 31, 2003,
located at The Banff Centre, Banff Alberta.  The appointment may be renewed
dependent on funding.

- -Reviewing specifications and recommending or creating technical solutions,
including software development or choice of software tools
- -Initiate proposals for new approaches or technical solutions to improve the
site or better meet the goals of the project
- -Participating in ongoing special projects in support of the Banff New Media
Institute environment.
- -System administration for the Horizon Zero web and development servers;
- -Ongoing development and maintenance of the established development and QA
processes for HZ
- -Creating and maintaining development and testing documentation
- -Supervise design, implementation and testing for all new features for HZ
- -Recommend the best of breed in all technologies used for HZ
- -Assisting the production team with programming support as required
(including database, XML, PHP, PERL, Javascript, HTML)
- -Contributing to the Object Repository development project, especially with
application development

Experience and Skills
- -A proven history of successful, complex and large scale website development
in a team environment (minimum of 3 years in the New Media/Web field, please
provide references and URLs);
- -Experience with a broad range of software tools and web development
- -Experience and  knowledge of audio and video compression and delivery tools
an asset
- -Demonstrated knowledge of Linux administration, CVS administration, Samba
- -Excellent knowledge of HTML, JavaScript, MS NT Server, Linux, Mac OS X
Server, and Open Source solutions
- -Demonstrated knowledge of PHP, MySQL, PERL
- -Demonstrated knowledge of OO practices and methodologies
- -Additional knowledge with Javascript, C, XML Java and Flash is an asset
- -Friendly, outgoing and an excellent communicator; creative problem solver
- -Interest in the arts an asset.


To apply for this position, send a cover letter and resume to or via fax to 403-762-6665.  Applications will be
reviewed as they are received and individuals selected for further
consideration will be contacted by phone or email.


Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 03:05:14 -0800 (PST)
From: Amy Alexander <>
Subject: Interview Yourself,, B0timati0n update...

Interview Yourself,, B0timati0n update... and its local affiliates announce the following
up-to-the-minute updates!

** Interview Yourself (now in semi-retirement) leisurely adds 
hot new interviews from Brian Mann, Tamara Lai, and Loz from!

** Our new friends, the Deprogrammers at, 
have launched their software art debut, 
"ep #1 - did the dotcom bust you?"
now available online at

As well as their salute to US foreign policy, Forkwar!
Crash your system the patriotic way!

Read more about deprogramming philosophy at:

Coming Soon: 
Deprogramming Presents: The Extreme Typing Project... 

** B0timati0n - The Live Internet VJ... for The Geek Age:
Still photos are now online from ENSBA/Paris and Transmediale
performances... find them at ... 
and yes, Coming Soon:  
Public beta of b0timati0n software! 

- -- we are family


Date: Sat, 01 Mar 2003 07:40:17 +0000
From: "ph2oartecuneo free space for art" <>
Subject: Onirica2003  -  (Ita -Fra -Eng)

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Comunicato stampa - Communiqué presse - Press release

- - Italiano
Titolo esposizione: Onirica 2003

15 giovani artisti, selezionati fra più di 100 partecipanti, esibiscono la 
loro idea di contemporaneità. Dalla pittura alle ricerche più innovatine del 
web, si confrontano forme ed idee che esibiscono un’espressività del nostro 
presente, sempre più complesso ed affascinante.
Al suo terzo anno di promozione dell’arte, questa rassegna supportata da un 
notevole successo di pubblico, indice un premio all’opera più interessante. 
Esso verrà annunciato nella serata d’apertura presso i rinnovato saloni 
della Provincia di Cuneo. Progetto ideato dalla Consulta Giovanile, in 
collaborazione con il Comune di Cuneo e l’Assessorato per le Politiche 
Giovanili della Provincia di Cuneo. Curatore dell’evento Domenico Olivero.

Dal 29 Marzo al 6 Aprile 2003 presso il Salone Europa, Palazzo della 
Provincia di Cuneo, Corso Nizza 25 - 12100 Cuneo.
tel:+39.0171.445111  fax +39.0171.698620  e-mail:
Tutti i giorni dalle ore 16,00 alle ore 19,00. Ingresso libero.
Serata d’inaugurazione Sabato 29/03/03 alle ore 17,30.

Ringraziando per la Vostra attenzione porgiamo cordiali saluti.

- - français

Titre exposition: Onirica 2003

15 artistes jeunes sélectionnés entre 100 participants en exhibent leur idée 
de contemporanéité. De la peinture aux recherches plus innovatives du web se 
mesurent formes et idées qu'ils exhibent une expressivité de notre présent, 
de plus en plus complexe et fascinante.
A son troisième an de promotion de l'art, cette revue soutenue par un succès 
considérable de public, index un prix à l'oeuvre la plus intéressante. Il 
sera annoncé dans la soirée d'ouverture près des renouvelés salons de la 
Provincia di Cuneo. Projet idee par la Consulta Giovanile, en collaboration 
avec le Comune di Cuneo et l'Assessorato per le Politiche Giovanili di 
Cuneo. Curateur de l'événement Dominico Olivero.

Depuis le 29 Mars au 6 Avril 2003 près du Salon Europe, Palee de la 
Provincia di Cuneo, Corso Nizza 25 - 12100 Cuneo.
tel:+39.0171.445111 fax +39.0171.698620 e-mail:
Tous les jours depuis 16 h au 19 h. Entrée libre.
Soirée d'inauguration Samedi 29/03/03 à 17,30 h.

En remerciant pour Votre attention nous présentons sincères salutations.

- -  English

Title: Onirica 2003
15 young people artists, selected about more than 100 participants, exhibit 
their idea of contemporaneity.
>From the painting to the searches more innovatines of the web, are compared 
forms and ideas that exhibit an expressiveness of our present, more and more 
complex and fascinating.
To his third year of promotion of the art, this review supported from a 
notable success of public, proposer a prize to the most interesting work, 
promoted by the varied corporate body. It will be announced in the evening 
of opening near the renewed saloons of the Provincia di Cuneo.
Project created by Consulta Giovanile, in collaboration with the Assessorato 
alla Politica Giovanile del Provincia di Cuneo ed il Comune di Cuneo. 
Curatore dell’evento Domenico Olivero.

To 29 March from 06 April in the Salone Europa, Palazzo della Provincia di 
Cuneo, Corso Nizza 21 - 12100 Cuneo.
phone:+39.0171.445111  fax +39.0171.698620   e-mail:

Everyday 04,00 alle ore 07,00 p.m. Free entrance.
Opening day: Saturday 29/03/03 05,30 p.m.

Thanks for your attention and best regards.


Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2003 09:06:34 +0100
From: "A Virtual Memorial" <>
Subject: AVM News March 2003

A Virtual Memorial -
Memorial Project against the Forgetting and for Humanity
New Media art project by Agricola de Cologne
Table of Contents:
a) News
b) [R]-[R]-[F] - Festival - Call for submissions
c) Features of the month February 2003
a) News
1.Agricola de Cologne,
brand of the virtual instance,
media artist and founder of NewMediaArtProjectNetwork
of the same name,
who manifests himself physically only a few times a year,
had his first physical manifestation in 2003
recently during "New Media Nation - Festival of Festivals"
Bratislava 20-23 February 2003.

Side aside of 11 festivals (among them Prix Ars Electronica/Austria,
Impakt Festival (Netherlands), Lumpen Chicago/USA
Transmediale Berlin/Germany and others)
he presented as a participant his Violence Online Festival

2. on 7 March TURBULENCE/New York
will launch the Spotlight on three interactive works of
Agricola de Cologne, which all are connected to "A Virtual Memorial":
Violence Online Festival Version 4.1
Family Portrait and ]and_scape[

3. On 17 March, Version 5.0 of Violence Online Festival
will be launched on occasion of the participation in
Videoformes Festival Clermont-Ferrand )France) 19-23 March
The new *Violence Play Station* promises to be pure fun!!
where all the little Bush's in the world
can play their privat or public wars

4. Violence Online Festival
calls for submissions to be included in Version 6.0.
Launch in April 2003: subject "RAPE!"
Deadline: 3 April -
Use the submission form on

b) [R]-[R]-[F] - Festival
   Call for submissions for inclusion in Version 1.0
   - new deadline 15 April!! -
   subject: "Memory"
   terms and submissions form on

New month - new subject
c) ***Features of the Month

Selected Memorial Days in March

2003 International Year of Fresh Water

08 March 2003 - World Women Day
21 March 2003 - South Africa Human Rights Day
22 March 2003 - World Day for the Water
23 March 1945 - Allied Forces cross the river Rhine near Cologne/Germany

*The Features of the Month are monthly changing
collections of multimedia works and links which form in the
totality of the composition an artwork of theirown
to be created on a webpage of theirown
within the Memorial project.*
Features of the Month March 2003

Subject of the Month: Hidden and yet visible??
Featured Project: Antarctica by John Murphy
TextObject: Kashmir
ArtObject: Carnaval
Witnesses of Eternity: Trebic/Moravia (part 1)
Animal of the month: Condor
People of the month: Bushmen/South Africa
Perceptions: Speech Exercises

Until the next time
all the best,

Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
Memorial project against the Forgetting and for Humanity -
ongoing New Media art project by Agricola de Cologne
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Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2003 16:56:35 +0530
From: Shuddhabrata Sengupta <>
Subject: CRISIS/MEDIA : The Uncertain States of Reportage

CRISIS/MEDIA : The Uncertain States of Reportage

For Concept and Programme,
For more Details and Reports see 
For Live Stream

Crisis/Media : The Uncertain States of Reportage, a workshop produced by 
Sarai-CSDS and the Waag Society/for Old and New Media begins today at Sarai 
in Delhi. The three day workshop brings together independent media 
practitioners, journalists, writers and scholars to reflect on the role of 
media in times of crisis. Key note speakers include Arundhati Roy (writer), 
Delhi, Ranjit Hoskote (Journalist and Critic), Mumbai, Danny Muller (anti war 
activist) Chicago, and Subarno Chatterjee (media researcher) Delhi. And 
journalists/activists./practitioners from Buenos Aires, Moscow, Melbourne, 
Srinagar, Mumbai, Delhi, Amsterdam, Imphal.

The workshop features panels and discussions on crisis situations in South 
Asia, Crises of Everyday Life, Ecological Crises, Case Studies of the Media 
in Ex Yugoslavia, and the Future of Global Independent Media, as well as 
screenings of films and exhibitions.

Reports from the workshop will be posted on this list (and others) soon


Shuddhabrata Sengupta


From: Musicians on the Net <>
Subject: Musicians on the Net


Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 17:29:38 +0100
From: derek holzer <>
Subject: call for proposals: Impakt Online

Impakt Online Update: Friday, Feb 21, 2003
- ----Contents----

1) Winners of the "Art of the Narrative" Commisssion

2) Call for Proposals: "Out of the Box [Net.Art and the 'Real World']" 

1) Winners of the "Art of the Narrative" Commisssion

Launch Date: April 1, 2003

- ---Ramesh Srinivasan: "Village Voice"
- ---Tamar Schori: "Beadgee"

Impakt Online is proud to announce the the two winners of the latest theme, "Art of the Narrative". This theme was chosen to reflect 
on the new ways in which the internet can be used to tell stories, use 
language and change perceptions. These projects will be launched on the 
Impakt website April 1.

Ramesh Srinivasan's "Village Voice" is an online video database filled 
with stories from the Somali refugee community of Boston, Massachusetts. 
The stories can be accessed by various themes, including government & 
legality, beliefs & religion, cultural adaptation and traditional 
customs. Far from being an ethnographical survey, "Village Voice" allows 
these Somalis to speak for themselves, in their own language, about 
their transition into a new society.

Tamar Schori's "Beadgee" is a whimsical project taking its inspiration 
from a series of drawings made by Alexander Calder for a collection of 
19th Century nursery rhymes entitled "Three Young Rats and other 
ryhmes". Schori has created a new library of drawings, which can be 
exploded and rearranged by the user. Rearranging the drawings also 
rearranges the nursery rhymes, and a strange language game ensues. Users 
will also have to opportunity to enter both their rearranged drawings 
and new words and phrases into the database for others to play with.

2) Call for Proposals: "Out of the Box [Net.Art and the 'Real World']"

Deadline: April 1, 2003

No longer content with pure formalism and self-referentiality, and 
unwilling to be dismissed into the simple catagory of "graphic design", is redefining itself in the realm of social critique and 
commentary. The old elements of hyperlink, the embedded images and 
sounds, the database and the live stream all remain in place, as do the 
digital pranks, parasitic spoofs and deliberate 'errors' which gave 
early its timeliness and humour. Their scope, however, has been 
refocused and their use redefined in recent years to a razor-sharp 
critique of technological "progress", globalization, and the 
ever-present machinery of surveillance and control which the internet 
has helped to usher in.

Working from this position, the "Out of the Box" theme for the Impakt 
Online seeks to examine how technology and the internet manifest 
themselves on the human level by asking such questions as;  where do 
such on-line concepts as navigation, avatar, or algorithm find their 
place in the "real world" outside the computer? And, similarly, how can 
such physical activities such as performance, protest, or love maintain 
their "real-ness" in a virtual environment? In short, we seek the point 
where real life affects the internet,and (more importantly) where the 
internet affects real life.

Impakt will commission two projects for this theme. The accepted 
commissions for this project will be invited to produce a hybrid project 
involving a website and a live, "real-world" intervention [performance, 
action, prank, interface, etc] which will take place during the Impakt 
Festival this coming spring, between June 3 and 10. Depending on the 
submissions we receive, we may invite the accepted artists to 
collaborate on a single project.

Because this is a commission for new works, previously exhibited 
projects will be immediately disqualified. However, as we realize the 
timeframe is somewhat short, we are happy to support projects already 
under development with an eye towards their premiere at the Impakt 
Festival 2003. Applicants are urged to submit their proposals early so 
that the editorial team has a chance to go over them and contact with 
artist with questions and suggestions.

Final Deadline: April 1, 2003
Launch: June, 2003

*Proposals must be written in English, and the project accessible to an 
English-speaking audience
*They should include a project description:
- ---description of content
- ---technical implementation
- ---time line
- ---relation to the theme
*They should also include an artist[s] biography:
- ---short CV
- ---documentation + URLs of previous projects
*Previously exhibited projects will be immediately disqualified

Impakt will provide webhosting for the project for 1 year, and pay a fee 
to the accepted artist[s] of EURO 1000. The winning commission[s] will 
also be invited to submit a budget for the live event which will take 
place during the festival.  

Address for submissions:

PO Box 735
3500 AS Utrecht
The Netherlands


Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 11:25:31 +0100
From: "ViolenceOnlineFestival" <>
Subject: Final call

Violence Online Festival
is looking for new submissions
to be included in Version 5.0
Deadline 3 March 2003

*Violence Online Festival*
will participate with its coming Version 5.0
in Videoformes -
18th International Video and Multimedia Festival
Clermont-Ferrand - 20-23 March 2003.

>War!!< is the subject of the new feature
to be presented in Version 5.0.


>>War belongs to the heaviest forms of violence.
Nearly any war is based on an insane idealogy constructed by insane people.

The phantom of a war in IRAK becomes increasingly threatening.
The fear how the consequences for each single individual
could look like is far spreading in all parts of the world.

There is no question what the insane ideology and who its insane
constructor is this time - dictating a war in order to protect
economical interests against the rest of the world.

The feature  of WAR!! on Version 5.0 is meant as a contribution particularly
against the War in IRAK, but beyond that  - against any war, as - if this
war will really come or not-
there will be other wars taking place simultaneously and later, as well.<<

Participating is expressing solidarity with
all people who are against this war
by submitting one work of art in a digital format
reflecting war and violence.

Following digital formats are accepted:

1. URL (no size limit)
2. media files (size limit: a single art work may not exceed 1Mb)
2.1) webpage: HTML
2.2) text: plain email, .txt, .doc, .rtf
2.3) image: .jpg,.gif,.png (max. dimensions 800x600 pixels)
2.4) video/animation/movie:
   .mpeg, .mov (Quicktime), Flash .swf, Shockwave .dcr (max. dimensions
800x600 pixels)
2.5) sound: .mp3

Please use this entry form for submitting:

first name:

short bio (not more than 300 words in English)

URL (if net based)
  * - screen shot to be attached as .jpg (max 800x600 pixels)
Technology/type of media file
short description (not more than 300 words, in English)

I confirm that I hold all rights on the submitted work
and agree that it can be included in future versions of Violence Online
Festival, as well.


Please send your submission together with the media file(s) exclusively to

Deadline 3 March 2003.
Violence Online Festival



Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 19:22:27 +0100
From: Felix Stalder <>
Subject: Onewordmovie: an internet-based installation

One Word Movie
An Internet-based project by Beat Brogle

+ March 06, 20:00 at []: «onewordmovie» Opening: Presentation of 
+    the Project and Prototype +Installation by the artist.
+ March, 7 - 23 «onewordmovie» at the [] Wed - Sun 14-18 Uhr
+ Starting 7. March «onewordmovie» Onlineversion accessible under:
+ Preview-Version for the Media 27. February:
+ /
+ St. Alban-Rheinweg 64
+ CH 4052 Basel / Switzerland
+ Tel. ++41 (0) 61 283 60 50 / Fax. 51

About the Project

One Word Movie
	From a world of images to an image of the world.

«One Word Movie» is an on-line platform which organizes, based on 
user-supplied terms, the flood of images on the Internet into an animated 
film. A word turns into images, images turn into a movie.

Using a specially programmed search engine, users can call up images from the 
Internet which match their search term. The project's search engine is built 
on top of the most popular image search facilities available on the Internet. 
Supplied with a search term, the engine produces first a «hit list». This 
list can be several thousand images long, depending on the term. The images 
on this «hit list» provide the «raw material» for the movie. Following the 
ranking on the «hit list», the images are animated into a film in real-time, 
following a fixed and predetermined score, which consists of series of 
interwoven loops.

Each film has an individual trailer, displaying the search term as the title 
and each film lasts until the «raw material» is used up.

This project plays with the tension between on-line and cinematic approaches 
to images. Consequently, it functions as well online as in real space. Hence, 
it will be presented in two versions: as browser-based application and as an 
installation. The on-line version is accessible via a normal internet 
connection and standard browser at The 
installation, closer to the cinematic experience, consists of three video 
projections onto three screens.

On-line version
Like with any search engine, the user enters a search term into a web form. 
The engine then collects images from its database and creates a hit list. 
This happens in the background, invisible to the user. Based on this hit 
list, a film is being created and streamed in real-time over the Internet to 
the user. The server can handle several streams, hence several users, in 
parallel. Each film will be generated instantaneously using the latest images 
from the web. 

The central spatial element of the installation is a triptych consisting of 
three screens, each showing a different data projection. Each projection is 
one animated film, hence the user can see up to three films in parallel. The 
installation creates a cinematic situation, i.e. the projections dominate an 
otherwise darkened room. In this room, in addition to the screens, there is 
also a control monitor which indicates which search term each movie is based 
on. Even though the situation is cinematic, the audience is not passive. 
Rather, the control monitor also allows users to enter their own search 
terms, hence directly influence, though not fully control, the films that are 

The installation consists of three projections so that the users can relate 
the different streams to one another and thus explore yet another level of 
Internet-specific image-word relationships. One can imagine, for example, 
that the same search term entered in different languages creates different 
films, or that two words whose meaning is very similar are associated with 
very different image clusters.

The best context for the presentation of the installation are media 
festivals, galleries or museums. These institutions still struggle with the 
question how to integrate the Internet into their traditional exhibition 
spaces without recreating the individualizing situation - one machine = one 
user - that we all know from the office or home use of the computer. The 
installation version of the project can help to overcome this difficulty by 
choosing a format that is adapted to the exhibition spaces as much as it is 
to the Internet.


The set-up - create a film according to predetermined score - has a certain 
kinship to the structural film of the 1960s and 1970s. There, as in this 
case, the role of the individual author is minimized, without ever 
disappearing completely. It shifts from the selection of images and scenes to 
the creation of an algorithm that guides the selection. In «One Word Movie» 
the remaining fragments of authorship are split again, into those pertaining 
to the author of the set-up and those pertaining to the user who initiates a 
particular search.

However, such similarities to conventional (experimental) film are outweighed 
by differences and these differences are the actual core of the project. They 
stem from the altered status that images have online and the strong influence 
of the specifics of the technologies employed.
The strong and influential particulars of the technology relate to the fact 
that a semantic search strategy is employed to solve what is - from a human 
perspective - a pictorial search problem. Instead of analyzing images 
according to the visual content, as humans do, the machine is searching for 
semantic terms which appear either in the image's file name or in the text 
closely associated with it. This approach to image searching is the most 
widely used today, including the large commercial image search engines. 

All attempts to analyze visual content automatically have failed so far. One 
program to look for pornographic images, for example, the «naked people 
finder», was searching for colors resembling that of naked (white) people and 
analyzed the shapes of these colors. Two pink cylinders, say, were 
interpreted as two naked extremities. The search precision, however, was too 
low to be of any use. Particularly often, images of desserts were 
misidentified as pornography. The  project is no longer continued.1
Because of such non-trivial challenges to automatic content analysis of 
images, it is highly likely that the semantic approach currently used will 
remain predominant for quite some time.  No matter how adequate it may be, it 
is the way most people will search for images. It makes little sense to 
critique it, since there is no alternative available. One Word Movie explores 
its ramifications. Two questions come to the fore: What is the relationship 
between the file name and the image content and, secondly, what kind of 
selection is being made, supposedly representing our search interest?

The question that has figured prominently in modern art - the relationship 
between image and text - is posed anew, this time a practical and urgent one, 
directly affecting the habits of millions of Internet users.

The fast-paced sequences of the images appear to the viewer initially as 
random. The human cognition, focusing on image content, has a hard time 
understanding the machine's selection criteria. There's a fundamental 
disconnect. As little, or as well, as we cannot infer the file name from the 
image content, the machine cannot infer the image content from the machine.
However, these flickering images contain rich cultural information. As an 
example, the film visualizing the search term «me» contains patterns that are 
revealing the current state of (online) culture. The majority of images we 
see are of young white males, females appear only after a while and 
non-whites even later. Intermixed with this quite expected standard imagery 
is a surprising number of x-rays and CT scans offering new, highly 
technological views on the individual body. A lot of people apparently take 
these images as good representations of themselves, which we can assume since 
they call the file "me" or associate the term closely to the image. This 
implies the question how far new visualization technologies are changing the 
view on the human body. The film suggests, this is not only a problem 
affecting some specialists, but changing perceptions of the (online) 
population at large. What is particularly striking is that there seems to be 
such trust that these complex, heavily mediated images are indeed good 
representations of an individual person.

The flood of images that «One Word Movie» channels into a movie are at the 
same time without meaning - they haven't been assembled by a cognitive 
subject - and full of unintended meaning if viewed by a perceptive person. 
The lack of meaning is heightened by the difficulties of a semantic image 
search in a non-semantically classified image pool. Despite certain 
similarities, the Internet does in this regard not resemble a structured 
library or an archive.

The meaning of the images lies not in the individual image - which, after 
all, passes by so quickly that it can barely be detected - but the patterns 
that this high-speed view of image groups reveal. This is a cognitive mode 
quite typical for the electronic culture. McLuhan understood this clearly 
when we wrote:

Information pours upon us, instantaneously and continuously. As soon as 
information is acquired, it is very rapidly replaced by still newer 
information. Our electrically-configured world has forced us to move from the 
habit of data classification to the mode of pattern recognition.2

«One Word Movie» forces us, who are used to look for narration, to shift our 
perception. In these films, there is nothing narrative, even if we tend to 
detect some fragments of a narration from time to time. But any narration 
rests on a narrative intention, which we cannot assume a machine to have. 
However, if we are able to free ourselves from this search for narration, we 
can explore hidden informational patterns. The flickering films open our view 
on to a hidden «psychogeography» of the Internet.

Input of search terms and search parameters and output of the animated movies 
are delivered in standard web browsers - like e.g. Netscape or Internet 
Explorer - on the computer of the viewer of One Word Movie. The One Word 
Movie application has active components on three levels: a shockwave 
application in the browser of the viewer, a script on the web server and the 
image search engine of Google.

After the web page with the embedded shockwave application is loaded, an 
input field for the search term is displayed, along with different options 
like play-speed, image repetition, image size and image-loop length. By 
clicking on the search button, the search term is sent to a script on the web 
server which transmits the term to the Google image search. The results page 
from Google is parsed and interpreted by the script to extract the image 
URL's which then are sent back to the shockwave application.

The application is loading the images from the internet to the computer of 
the viewer and standardizes the images since they exist in different formats 
and sizes on the web. On the interface of the application the growing 
animation can be viewed. In the background, invisible to the user, new images 
from the Internet and new image URLs from Google are loaded and inserted 
constantly into the animation.

The image search itself and the transfer of the images from the Internet take 
place with a certain delay, wherefore the beginning movie is only a few 
images long but grows up to the full length within seconds.


Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2003 00:55:18 -0500
From: Year Zero One <>
Subject: Year Zero One presents: the Splash Page Project

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Year Zero One presents: the Splash Page Project
March 1 - May 1 2003 :

We are pleased to present bumper stickers by 
Grab some printer-friendly labels and print out these slogans for the 
information age!  Since most net.heads have laptops worth more than 
their cars (if they own a car) perhaps these stickers will appear on 
more laptop lids than bumpers...  The work is currently on view at

abe linkoln is one online persona of sound / multimedia / and 
sometimes net artist rick silva (

in his one year life online abe linkoln has launched two projects, 
"net art bumper stickers" and " paparazzi," as well as been 
the curator of 3 different net art shows; "4z4: a no show", 
"screened out: a collection of rejected proposals," and most recently 
"fuck" is also known for its "start page" which 
features one of the best net art link collections online.

Find out more about the mind behind at the website -

Year Zero One has offered its splash page as an exhibition space for 
artists that will operate on a bimonthly basis.  A selection of 
Canadian and international net.artists have been invited to show 
their work in this forum. The Splash Page Project launched on Feb. 1, 
2002 with a piece by net.artist Mouchette.  The Project is curated by 
Michelle Kasprzak. If you have a proposal for this space, please 

Year Zero One is an on-line artist run centre which operates as a 
network for the dissemination of digital culture and new media 
through web based exhibitions, an extensive media arts 
directory/bulletin, and the Year01 Forum - an electronic art journal.

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