#1. Identity Remix - the
web is an arena in which people's identities can be presented as altered,
exaggerated or completely falsified. This makes it an interesting
place for artists, and others, to explore issues of identity. In this
assignment you will create a website that functions to either slightly
skew, or entirely remake, your identity. You may chose how closely
the new identity fits with your current sense of self. Please be aware
of copyrights, see the copyright issues
links on the class links page.
Related sites to check out:
The First Human Male Pregnancy - by Lee Mingwei
Andy Warhol Digital Self Portriat
Own, Be Owned, or Remain Invisible
the Digital Dirt, or "Tactical Media"- the internet
is a wonderful place to have your say, reveal societal issues as you
see them and generally express your personal viewpoint on public topics.
Many artists have used this medium in very effective political ways
that have gone far beyond what is possible in traditional art mediums.
Your challenge is to make an elegant tactical
media site of your own. You must use the inherent power of the internet
to deliver your message in some way that goes beyond the construction
of an "anti-something" propaganda poster.
Sites that work
to reveal/undermine power structures
They Rule, by Josh
On and Futurefarmers. See maps of the connections between Fortune
500 companies and also make your own maps.
Trade Organization "alternative WTO
site" created by the corporation of artists known as ŪTMark
and managed by The
Yes Men. Read about one of the Yes Men's lecture performances
Read about the legalities of these sites in this
article written by a lawyer: THE
LAW AND POLITICS OF INTERNET ACTIVISM
a piece of software developed by the ŪTMark
corporation that allows users to easily mirror existing websites.
- Delivering the anti-cruelty-to-animals-messages in a hipster,
Flash movie format
Word Perhect, by Tomoko Takahashi - countering the standardization
of word processing software.
Room, by Antoni Muntadas. An online archive of censorship.
by artist Damali Ayo
- An uncomfortable exploration into the value of her "services"
as a token person of color.
to the People Video Collection - by the people at irational.org
Search Engine Fun:
Go to Google
and type in the words, "weapons of mass destruction" and
click on the "I'm feeling lucky" button to access this site.
Try the same thing with the words "miserable failure".
Read about these things and more in the bestselling book, Google
100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tricks
Here are some inspiring Flash
PERFECT ARTISTIC WEB SITE by Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.
See more of this artists' works here: http://www.yhchang.com/
- a marvel of 2D animation, this thing never ends
- by Futurefarmers
- Super surreal puzzle/game with incredibly rich visuals. Does
not work in the Safari browser!
Intruder - by Natalie Bookchin
Interactive and other:
- by Stephen Vitiello
Dubya" Lying Action Figure
v 5.0 - this tool lets you construct your own "video art"
on the web using a library of media elements.
- while this piece by Eric Natzke is not interactive, he does have
many that are. Check
out his portfolio of Flash work.
On Web Animations - article on rhizome.org. This organization
requires a membership ($5.00) in order to read/view their site, except
on Fridays when it is open to all.
• CONCEPT - idea, intention and
Does the artwork clearly communicate something to other viewers?
• CREATIVITY - originality of thought
Does the artwork show innovation and uniqueness? Did the artist
solve the given assignment problem in an expected or unexpected way
• COMPOSITION - arrangement and
organization of elements.
Has the artist carefully considered elements such as balance, proportion,
texture, color, shape, and positive/negative space and user navigation?
• CRAFTSMANSHIP - attention to
Does the artist skillfully construct the work? Are all details
carefully finished and/or intentional-looking?