[iDC] Are We Google's Paint?

Myron Turner 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.


Myron Turner
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