[-empyre-] "Chindogu" and re-design

Kevin Hamilton kham at uiuc.edu
Sun Nov 29 07:06:22 EST 2009

Oops, I should've been prepared after lobbing that one.

It wouldn't be fair to the artists for me to simply list their works  
here without a longer engagement with them - and I don't have time for  
that just now.

But I was referring in general to the quantity of works that were  
primarily self-referential, engaging the interface elements of certain  
browsers and operating systems. Some of it in the name of hacking -  
popups, transparent code, pixel-conscious. Like structuralist film  
experimentation of the seventies, many of these works helped us  
understand the medium's confines and shape, but less so its potential.

Ducking the question for now, sorry - though I'll at least add that in  
this case, it takes one to know one. I'm often one to mistake the  
reflexive for the liberatory.


On Nov 28, 2009, at 12:14 PM, Renate Ferro wrote:

> Hi Kevin,  What were you thinking of specifically here?  Got any  
> links?
> I'm curious...
> - The nineties saw a string of ludic interfaces in early net.art, yet
> many of these now read as cold as any reflexive, modernist
> compositional exercise.
> Renate
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