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Art for a change |
Anarchism is the hopeful philosophy that people can best develop when freed from authoritarian social structures. As one would expect, anarchism has come under fire throughout the 20th century from the power brokers of the capitalist and communist worlds. Art for a change is a collection of art expressing the anarchist dream and the struggles of people throughout the world.
pepC is a reaction to the emptiness of the cola war through essays about "How I learned to stop eating corpseflesh and started drinking more pop" and provocative art. The images (under the heading "Layout") imitate the style of cola advertising to reveal the lack of meaning behind the marketing. Don't miss our favorite images "The People" and "Radium and Romanticism."
Elvis and Nixon Variety Show
Chris Day's Elvis and Nixon Variety Show starts with the famous photograph of Elvis and Nixon shaking hands in the Oval office and just gets better. The top page deconstructs many of the banner campaigns which have turned much of the web into a wasteland -- inside you'll find a collection of neat collages made from advertising, news, japanese animation and other imagery.
Interesting Ideas invites us to take a broad view of art, outside the circles of conventional art exhibits and criticism. This engaging and original site starts with photoessays on roadside art: signs, buildings, and commercial sculpture. Interesting Ideas also has a gallery of outsider, eccentric, prison and folk art. Finally you'll find essays on comic strips, television and those kind people who pass out religious pamphlets at the park.
In authoritarian societes, BLINDERS are put on people by fear and violence. Photographer Peter Cunningham wanted to identify what mechanisms limit our vision in "free" capitalist societies. Here you'll find an fascinating web photoessay about the repetitive images used by commercialism, politics and the media to put out our eyes.
Our own experiment in Dynamic HTML, BITE is a piece of web art with floating bouncing colorful words over a starfield background. We got it working with Netscape 4.0 a year ago in a bit more than hour, but kept it under wraps until we could make it work with Internet Explorer. This took three times longer than it took to create it -- no thanks to Microsoft's Site Builder Network which is devoid of serious technical documentation. Wouldn't want to sour the market for those lurid, oversized, and overpriced computer books which go obsolete in a week...
Game Boy Camera Gallery and Tutorial
Color snapshots are fruitless, since they are inevitably compared to the thousands of commercial photographs we see each day. Stuck in a foreign city, without a darkroom for making Black and White prints, we tried learning to see with the Game Boy Camera, making a Game Boy Camera Gallery and Tutorial.
When my mother died, we flew back to the US and spent days walking dazed in a newly built subdivision down the road from her house. We felt a break with our society as we flipped through her piles of magazines with deadly health "advice" dictated by the junk food pushers and the Dairy council. Recorded with the Game Boy Camera, Airstrike is our record of non-consensual hallucinations we had walking outdoors while our new neighbors were watching televison.
The drive to turn the web into a mass medium is reducing the commercial web into a homogenous blur of visual and interactive style. Look for "entertainment" at a web portal and you'll find web pages about every television show and movie, but nothing entertaining.
Superbad prevails, despite lack of revenue and impossible odds. Using backgrounds, ASCII art,
and animated .gifs, Superbad immerses the viewer in a vast swirling content of hypertext which,
at least, is nice to look at even if we don't understand what it means.