[iDC] Are We Google's Paint?
mturner at cc.umanitoba.ca
Thu Jan 22 17:00:00 UTC 2009
Just for the record, I think we might extend Anna's observation
explicitly to new media art. A quick search of Rhizome's Artbase, under
the database tag, shows a variety of projects which use google, and I'm
sure if we checked out http://www.runme.org/, we'd find many others.
Artists use google as metaphor, a source material in itself, and as a
gateway into information that gets wrapped up into a piece of net art.
The relationship between art and google and information is extremely
fluid. When it comes to net art, is there really even a metaphorical
equivalent to paint? I don't really think so. Where do we start?
Scripting languages, servers, operating systems, circuits? And which of
these are the paint, and which the brushes?
Anna Munster wrote:
> To extend this to more contemporary times, we could also say that
> experimentation with data and its imbrication in interfaces,
> applications and architecture within the Web 2.0 environment does in
> fact mean that content producers are consistently driving the real
> development of something like the Google architecture/machine.
> Collective shapings of Google Maps' APIs for example have certainly
> seen mapping, Google and its potentialities shift in weird and
> wonderful ways quite unforseen by Google itself.
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