Wednesday, February 20, 2019

group project

why art on web not net art

Art on the web can differ from actual net art and this case is proven through a circumstance on Diana Smith’s work of a code drawing done to represent an 1800s oil painting of a woman in blue. Thus meaning that Smith hand designed this code and it is not a picture in the slightest but instead code itself. Net art is “an elusive and sometimes anarchic art form which uses the Internet as its primary material. Net art works often draw on data from other Internet materials and websites, which helps give them their distinctive dynamics and transience” (
Not all art on the web is net art because like the piece done by Smith, net art requires certain intriguing aspects of the internet to be categorized as net art in the first place. The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) coding of the original piece by Smith was redone by many others and made into various new forms of net art that are branched from the original coding. Art that is simply on the web can be taken as a picture and the majority of art on the web is, but this coding system of art is not a picture but it can be screen shotted or the code can be downloaded.
Net art is overall a form of art that is created through technology only and web art is art that was not created by the world wide web itself. The designs and processes behind both arts are equally captivating and capture the eye of their viewers. The difference between these two forms of art does not lessen the value of either but gives a whole new meaning to each form as the steps behind each piece of art are revealed whether it is through traditional art of CSS.
Work Cited:

What is net art? (n.d.). Retrieved from 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Rhizome Net Anthology

The Rhizome Net Anthology has some interesting pieces of art that involve the first age computers which in turn categorizes as new media. I took a look at chapter one which was 1984-1998 and studied four different pieces of art work such as “The File Room,” “Automatic Rain,” “Floodnet,” and “Reabracadabra.” Each piece is unique in its own way yet all of them involve the internet which was fairly new to the scene and these artists got creative with the device.

“The File Room” was created by Antoni Muntadas and Collaborators in 1994. It consists of “a dark, oppressive room lined with filing cabinet drawers sat a computer where visitors could access and contribute to an ever-growing archive of censorship cases” ( These files represent the physical aspect of the website and what they are concealing which are the dark secrets of the internet and what is posted on it. It’s almost as if the filing cabinets represent the old media and ways of storing data and the computer sits in the middle of the room to symbolize the new media and technology that was rising.

Just as “The File Room” incorporates the designs of new media, “Automatic Rain” does as well yet it is more of an inspirational piece than a symbolistic one. With the big movement involving computers, the artwork done in “Automatic Rain” was set as a link for users to go to. Once at the site, “Clicking on this brings the user to a black screen. In 1995, on a dial-up connection, blue text would fill the screen slowly; thanks to the tag, the text flashed on and off. The slowness of the apparatus gave the rain a decidedly uneven, cinematic effect” ( This was all due to the artist Jodi and her usage of timed sprinklers in Silicon Valley Lawns as her muse. The new media design of this piece is the instant uploading of digital pictures which is commonly done about 1.8 billion times a day.
The next piece done by the Electric Disturbance Theater (EDT) was in 1998 and covered various topics of political warfare and injustices done to the people of Chiapas, Mexico. This artwork called “Floodnet” ultimately has the characteristics of a powerful message that through the new age media was spread across the internet to show millions of people what was going on and reveal truths about the corrupt activities that were being done to the Mexican people at the time. The title says it all as EDT literally flooded the net with their art content to express their feelings towards the situation. “"THE NEW YORK ZAPATISTAS ARE URGING PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD TO SEND A POWERFUL MESSAGE TO THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT BY COMMITTING ELECTRONIC CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE." –EDT, March 31, 1998” (

Taking it back all the way to 1985 is the last art piece I analyzed in chapter one called “Reabracadabra” and just as “Floodnet” explains its purpose, so does “Reabracadbra.” This poem was shaped after Neo Concrete poetry “in which a poem's meaning should be understood as part of a dynamic overall environment” ( It was created by Eduardo Kac and consisted of one computer and a programming for the screen to make a giant ‘A’ to appear on the screen slowly as if it is being drawn out. Then it comes to a point where the ‘A’ is made 3D and it changes colors as pixels start to surround the letter and flash the letters ‘bracadabra’ to finish the magical word, Abracadabra. This is then played on a loop and thus it gains to name “Reabracadabra” giving the art a unique trait and including the new media design of screen art and it could even be compared to a GIF.

Work Cited:
Automatic Rain. (n.d.). Retrieved from

FloodNet. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Reabracadabra. (n.d.). Retrieved from

The File Room. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Sunday, February 3, 2019


GIFs or Graphic Interchange Formats took the internet by storm when they were created and now they are used throughout it and are commonly found on social media sites. The beginning format of GIFS started out very simplistic and have grown overtime to include shots from sports games, movies, and TV shows.

The social aspects of the GIF are providing originality to the producers and artists that create their own GIFS and share them with the internet as a form of art. Another social aspect is the way a GIF can be reached and spread all over the internet and most of the time, no one knows who created it but everyone knows the GIF and it continues to spread. This leaves room for the democratic nature of the GIF that allows anyone to express themselves or create a piece of art that is apart of the Graphic Interchange Format.

GIFs are simple yet complex in a way that is understandable to the creators and users of GIFs in the media today. These mini looping images are even in the standard smartphone and have their own category where one can look up a topic and thousands of GIFs on that topic appear so a GIF can be sent over text to a friend to communicate feelings or reactions to statements.

The creators of the GIF even stated that the GIF "is not intended as a platform for animation, even though it can be done in a limited way" ( The 'limited' amount of ways that allows for animation do not seemed to be limited at all. This low tech method in 2018 represents freedom and choice in art which allows endless creativity and possibilities when creating a GIF.

New age artists are constantly using this method of art and even use pictures uploaded of traditional media pieces to incorporate or center their GIF around. Some GIFs are purely for entertainment or a good laugh and others can be meaningful or a true piece of artwork in this new age media.

Work Cited:

Yurto─člu, N. (2018). Http:// History Studies International Journal of History,10(7), 241-264. doi:10.9737/hist.2018.658


Project 1 final 1500 px longest side