journal 3 11/10/05:

When it comes to using the non-linearity of the web for artistic purposes, it seems that Joshua Davis has a handle on integrating this concept along with chaos theory into interactive Flash design. However, I think that this article focuses more on specific unimportant misconceived details, such as Davisís inability to do complex math, and leaves more to be desired in the discussion of chaos theory, fractals, and the integration of nature into interactive art. It seems that he briefly touches on both chaos and fractals and then relates them to his own work in a nebulous sort of way. Despite his confused message I understand the point he is trying to make. That, looking outside of art for inspiration and ideas, ideas ďout of the boxĒ (eww), is a good thing; experimentation and natural patterns such as fractals can often enhance the way interactive art is made. The main thing I took away from this article is to experiment, but not with food coloring in your eyes.




journal 2 10/4/5:

Internet Art by Rachel Greene provides some nice examples of internet art being created or viewed today. However, I found Julian Stallabrass article, Internet Art: The Online Clash of Culture and Commerce, to be far more interesting. She mentions the way time changes as a key feature of the internet and its relation to net based art work. The software, hardware, and connection speed of the user is a key element for internet artists to consider when making pieces. This can be used to the artistís advantage as well by allowing him to purposely choose outdated code or new scripting techniques to reach a specific audience; which brings me to my next point of both the economic and geographical disparity of the internet around the world. I had not realized that the majority of the world is without or temporarily without internet access. It was also surprising to find out where the centers for net art production were. Oddly enough they are based in the same areas that generate the most e-commerce and trade oriented sites. Stallabrass also mentions another interesting point, the idea of a constant archiving of the internet so as to protect the content of the net on a daily basis and preserve it for the future. With the constant change of the internet, we always fun into outdated links or broken pages. The archive acts as a sort of work of net art in itself recording the whole internet preserving it for viewing in the future.




journal 1 9/19/5:

Margaret Morse's discussion on interactivity opens up and explores the subject while providing insight into the realm of the interactive. Her in-depth examination of interactivity brings it to a new area of application, especially in relation to art. I find this to be particularly interesting and of high value to the student of digital art. Being a digital artist requires a certain degree of interactivity, especially in the creation of internet based works of art and even in the creation of a digital web portfolio. The information provided by Morse seems to apply to these areas and even acts as a reminder of their benefit by citing successful interactive works that demonstrate a particular quality of a good interactive piece. Now aware of the depth and scope persona, linking, and immersion have on the experience of an interactive piece of art, especially digital, one would benefit from keeping these in mind. Even in a simple digital portfolio each of these could provide additional insight into the artistís skill and self. Persona can be used in the development of the portfolio in the creation of navigation and the user interface of the page. Here the artist is can display both skill and self in the creative construction of these elements. Linking provides similar insight through the links presented on the page and in the method of linking and use of technical and artistic innovations. I find the idea of immersion to be incredibly thought provoking as a digital artist, the idea of immersing a user in ones work has endless possibility and application. Like the previous ideas immersion also wholly applies to the idea of a web portfolio. If the artist can immerse the user into the work, then not only are they viewing the work, they are experiencing it. Even minute design aspects (color, text, links and linking, images, theme, style, etc.) can have an effect on the level of immersion of the user may experience.