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Tech It: Tangled Webs

April 30, 2008, 12:00 am
Interact with art and artists.

Ever wanted to challenge an artistic mind or tell an artist what to do? Baltimore, Md., artist Rebecca Nagle doesn't mind a bit of bossiness at all. In fact, her work depends on it. Nagle's Fifteen Minutes is an audience participation project that lets anyone from anywhere offer up something for her to do. Nagle then performs the activity for 15 minutes. Each activity is videotaped, broadcast online and includes the written-out original idea, cost to the artist and preparation time. Projects include a G-rated version of making love, interviewing the homeless and staging a war between marshmallow people. The project is ongoing and updated every Wednesday.

A twist on the common e-mail and an experiment in computer code by artist Mark Beasley, Reply All takes previously written text and compares it to a user's current writing. As the e-mail sender types, words and phrases that were entered by previous writers, and which are somewhat related to the current flow, appear. The e-mailer may choose this text (by hitting the tab key) or continue to write his own, original, words. Though the final e-mail is sent, the writer does not choose to whom it goes. Instead the database of previous users is tapped and an unknown e-mail address receives a message from a stranger. Maybe SFR will get yours since someone got one from us.

Martin John Callanan wants to stay informed. So he's created an online art project that collects the front page of newspapers and magazines from all over the world. So whether you're a Vienna Review freak, desperate to find out what North American Mining has to say or Ekstra Bladet savvy, there's a front page waiting for you. In fact, there are more than 600 front pages to choose from, many with the same or similar stories and pictures, proving that it really is a small world after all.


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