Three new net art commissions by Golan Levin with Kamal Nigam and Jonathan Feinberg, Marc Lafia and Fang-Yu Lin, and Andy Deck will launch in February and March 2006.
These latest three works have been commissioned in collaboration with Tate Online and will coincide with Node.L, a season of media art in London.
Critical texts and video interviews with the artists will accompany the works at
Introductory text: Charlie Gere, Network Art and the Networked Gallery
The Dumpster [Valentine's Day '06]
Golan Levin with Kamal Nigam and Jonathan Feinberg
The Dumpster is an interactive online visualization that attempts to depict a slice through the romantic lives of American teenagers. Using real postings extracted from millions of online blogs, visitors to the project can surf through tens of thousands of specific romantic relationships in which one person has "dumped" another. The project's graphical tools reveal the astonishing similarities, unique differences and underlying patterns of these failed relationships, providing both peculiarly analytic and sympathetically intimate perspectives onto the diversity of global romantic pain.
The Battle of Algiers [March 1 '06]
Marc Lafia and Fang-Yu Lin
This work recomposes scenes from the 1965 film The Battle of Algiers by Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo. The original film is a reenactment of the Algerian nationalist struggle leading to independence from France in 1962. The success of the actual battle for independence has been attributed to the nationalists' organization: a pyramidal structure of self-organized cells. For their project, Lafia and Lin recomposed the film along a cell-based structure, in which French Authority and the Algerian Nationalist cells are represented by stills from the film and move according to different rule sets. When cells of different camps intersect, they trigger video cells displaying each side's tactics (as depicted in the film) according to the rules of the system.
Screening Circle [March 22 '06]
This project adapts the cultural tradition of the quilting circle into an online format. Visitors to the site can enter the drawing area to compose loops of graphics and affect and edit each other's screens. The pieces can be made by one person or by several people and the arrangement of the segments can be haphazard or precise. In the screening area, the resulting motion graphics will be on view instantaneously.