Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Why Art on the Web is not net.art

The main difference in why Art on the Web is not net.art is mainly due to the fact that Art on the Web is usually made by some art software such as Photoshop, Paint Tool SAI, or some other program, whereas net.art is created using coding on Notepad, specifically HTML and CSS. The differences in programs could also contribute to the preferences of different computer systems to perform certain tasks. For example, more artists prefer to produce art on a Mac because it is more graphically-inclined to utilize those programs and make the colors appear brighter and bolder; however, you will more than likely find more PC users working on code and HTML than their Mac counterparts in that it is much easier and the program (Notepad is often the go-to for writing HTML files) is already readily accessible on PC, whereas a Mac user would have to download a third-party application in order to perform the same functions.

Another difference to point out is that net.art tends to be more interactive than Art on the Web. Sure there are Flash games and the occasional gif here and there, but with net.art, the power of code is used and utilized to create images instead of a paintbrush or line tool. Also to add on as well, Art on the Web tends to be static as even comics can only display so much for the viewer/reader, but net.art forces the viewer to interact with what is being presented in order for the narrative to pass along. Even the technique is different as Art on the Web uses real-world tools in a digital setting and replicates to the best of the program's ability. In net.art, the coding is the tool as one uses code to create images and feature the presence of coding in some way, shape, or form.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Week04 - GIFs

With the advent of the Internet as we know it, it's hard not to acknowledge the sheer brute force of the influence that spawned as a result. With the Internet being as integral as it is, it's not hard to assume what kind of history the Internet had to becoming what it is today. Aspects of Internet culture have become ingrained into our conscious, with one of the most notable being the rise of the GIF, a Graphic Interchange Format image. 

GIFs are usually seen as an image capable of producing an animation of a few frames usually on a loop. They have risen in popularity along with the rise of the Internet, particularly on social media and sometimes on informal business sites as a form of interest, though have actually been around longer. As a young adult in 2019, the presence of the GIF is basically second-nature and is as prevalent as the air we breathe. Without the GIF, the Internet would be a lot more boring and it would be missing an essential part of its history. As wacky and zany as some are, they still are needed even today when one can actually post whole videos of content onto a website. The growth of the Internet could not have existed without it. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

New Media Response (500 Words)

Paige Hurst
January 14

New Media art is a an ever-evolving art form that utilizes the tools of technology to create a piece of art. Many of these different forms of art include “digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, cyborg art and art as biotechnology”. Like any other art form before it, the medium challenges the idea of what art exactly is, this time with digital methods either in abstract or concrete forms. New Media art is interesting because it is both inclusionary and exclusionary in its art form.

In terms of being exclusive, New Media in a sense rejects more traditional, physical methods of art such as painting and drawing in favor of more digital methods such as computer software and coding. For example, the website jodi.org appears as a form of digital abstractism utilizing the early forms of coding found in the early days of the internet. What made the website unique is that the website resets every single time the page is refreshed or a new user logs into the website. Another factor of new media that the medium rejects the themes that were found in previous. Older forms of art by focusing on themes of “computer art, collaboration, identity, appropriation, open sourcing, telepresence, surveillance, corporate parody, as well as intervention and hacktivism”, some of them not existing in art previously because of the advent of technology at the time. With privacy becoming a hot-button issue in today’s society as well as the rise of computers, the art form of New Media and its subcultures that spawn are becoming more relevant than ever.

As starkly different in contrast to other art forms that exist, New Media also in a sense takes pre-existing mediums and makes new creations out of them, calling back to the past for inspiration. For instance, one of the aspects of New Media is the use of animation with the earliest examples including Eadweard Muybridge's zoopraxiscope, which was invented and introduced in the nineteenth-century and was a cylinder-like structure with images in-the-round that when spun, created a “moving image” that was revolutionary for its time. Although not a new concept, animation is one of the most common tools used by any artist in the New Media medium. Another comparison to make is that it provides another facet to the ever-evolving question of “what is art?” by stating, according to Mark Tribe, “it could also be an art medium like oil painting, photography, or video”. With every new introduction of an art form, first there will be criticism that the art form is garbage and fleeting fad only for to emerge and be accepted in an ever-changing society.

New Media is another medium of art to emerge as a response in the rise of new technology like the Internet. By combining available electronic tools into a single piece, a digital artist can create a compelling piece that causes the viewers to think and contemplate as to what they are seeing and interpret it as such.

1) Wikipedia contributors, "New media art,"  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=New_media_art&oldid=878373800 (accessed January 14, 2019).
2) Wikipedia contributors, "New media art,"  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=New_media_art&oldid=878373800 (accessed January 14, 2019).
3) Tribe, Mark. 2006. New Media Art. e-Book. Cologne: Taschen. http://newtraditionalists.net/uwf_assets/docs/New_Media_Art_By_Mark_Tribe.pdf

Images and Their URIs


The Ballerina

Asexual Flag


Venus de Milo

Dark Matter and Galaxies (Human)



Electric Guitar

Storm Clouds

Red Record Player

Red Lips


Gale Robbins

Dorothy Thomas

PowerBook Laptop

Gray Clouds

Gray Coil

Pointing Fingers

Yelling Men

Scolding Woman