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HZ NET GALLERY #3: June 2004

 

VECTOR DEFENDERS

ON CLICK

2003

"Vector Defenders is an experimental project based on the script written by us. This history relates the war, in a remote galaxy, between the image and the vector. War to obtain all the communication power. This site is thought as a trilogy production that narrates the story in interactive and audiovisual way; as a videogame or interactive film. The user introduce himself into a fictitious world, feeling as he is the main caracter of this history."

On Click Studio was created 3 years ago by Iosu Luengo and Ramon del Nozal with the aim of creating advanced design services including interactive and graphic communication. Besides their design endeavours, they also maintain creation of non-commercial and experimental projects, such as vector defenders, www.h49.org, www.onclick.ws/shots and www.cuantasvecesmas.com. Vecor Defenders has received a special mention at Ciber@rt-Bilbao, Spain, 2004.

 

INFLAT-O-SCAPE

JESSICA IRISH

2001

"Inflat-o-scape is an experimental, multi-faceted 'view' of an urban information zone: a merging of architectural structures, information technologies and inflatable forms. Conceptual emphasis is on emerging and extinct technologies, creating a historically-ambivalent interface that examines the idea of a 'progressive' landscape. Inflat-o-scape is a fabricated 'space', merging and erasing historical and geographic specificity, creating a new landscape' that is part fiction, part history, part failure and part theoretical database."

Jessica Irish is an inter-media artist, working in multimedia, video, installation, print and online spaces. Irish is an Assistant Professor of Art at Wellesley College, where she is co-Director of the Media Arts and Sciences program. Her online project, Inflat-o-scape, has been supported by the Creative Capital Foundation, as well as the California Arts Council individual grants for digital artists, and has been featured in media such as Art Forum, METROPOLIS, RES, and Artweek Magazines. Her current work is an investigation into the relationships between information technology, landscape and ideology.

 

INVISIBLE MAPS

PAUL CATANESE

2001

"Invisible Maps is a web-based interactive work which explores threads of narrative: how the choices we make when traveling are akin to letters, words and sentences. With every gesture we write novels; every stroll fills volumes of encyclopedia. Invisible Maps examines those unknowable relationships; invisible realities that linger in the atmosphere with the smell of electricity."

Paul Catanese is a hybrid media artist and Assistant Professor of New Media at San Francisco State University. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he lectured for several years. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, notably at the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Villette-Numerique, Stuttgarter Filmwinter and the New Forms Festival. He is also the author of Director’s Third Dimension, a book on three-dimensional programming for interactive multimedia. Paul is currently an artist-in-residence through the fellowship program at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California and was recently awarded a net.art commission Rhizome.org / New Museum of Contemporary Art as well as a net.art commission from Turbulence.org with funds made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts

 

TURNS

MARGOT LOVEJOY

2001

"The T U R N S website collects and shares personal stories and maps of life turning points. Stories are represented on the site as pebble-like shapes that can be opened, then returned to the narrative pool; lifemaps are represented as shards of blue glass which open as visual expressions. Visitors to "T U R N S can browse stories according to twelve categories, such as education, relationships, health, trauma family, immigration, or contribute their own narratives. In the TOPICS section of the website, users can reorganize stories through different filters such as gender, time, age. Participants may also browse or contribute a "life map" visual representing a life turn. Seen through relational filters, lenses, and links, one's story is understood as part of social memory. The site is also a reflection on the ways new media are influencing and changing the notions of the individual in a social context."

Margot Lovejoy is Professor of Visual Arts at the State University of New York at Purchase and author of "Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age " (2004). Amongst other honors, she is recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Arts International Grant in India. As an artist using technology to expand the concept of art as communication, she has been committed since 1992 to engage audiences in direct interactive experiences through installation works, bookworks, and websites. Her many exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art; The Museum of Modern Art, P.S.#1 Contemporary Art Center; Queens Museum of Art; Neuberger Museum of Art amongst others. Her 1995 website Parthenia has been archived by the Walker Art Center as part of the pioneering adaweb.com site. TURNS was featured in the Whitney Museum’s ARTPORT as well as the 2002 Whitney Biennial and was included in the inaugural exhibition of the Institute for Contemporary Art, Taiwan. Since then, it has been featured in major exhibitions in Germany, Spain and France. Apart from authoring numerous essays in various journals, and catalogs, she has also been an invited speaker at conferences on art and technology internationally.

 

MOUCHETTE

2001

 

"My name is Mouchette
I live in Amsterdam
I am nearly 13 years old
I am an artist"

A fictitious tale of a 13-year-old girl who wants to committ suicide on her 14th birthday - A site which has become a cult while the mystery of who the creator is continues.

 

HZ NET GALLERY is curated by SACHIKO HAYASHI

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