Subject : RHIZOME_RARE  low-fi update 07
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Date : 2002/03/19
 low-fi update 07
 guestlist: Simon Biggs on language, legibility and limits of
 low-fi list: mapping systems from literal to emotive.
 http://www.jimpunk.com/map [Jim Punk]
 http://turbulence.org/works/nums/ [Levin/Wattenberg/Feinberg]
 http://www.howdoyoufeel.de [Dellbrugge/de Moll]
 http://www.flight404.com [Robert Hodgin]
Untitled_map shows some net art activity literally mapped onto the
globe. The site shows the limitation of our western based activity.
The mapping is not as analytical as hybrid media lounges research
into netbased activity and organisations in europe
[www.medialounge.net]. However the mix of mapping by production place
and project content brings up some territiorial surprises.
The secret Life of Numbers also takes data at face value, mapping the
incidence and occurences of integers across the web. Driven with a
beautiful java interface each integer is graphed, building a
graphically statistical analysis, complete with notes and comments
that build a portrait of how we utilise numbers for convenience,
novelty and functionality.
howdoyoufeel creates a statistic that shows the mood of the web on any
given day or year. With happy and sad icons the user is encouraged to
register their mood in an absurdly simplistic system (only happy or
sad), which is built with equally simplistic visuals. Like the other
two projects the data is real - and in this case live, but the beauty
of this project is the way in which the data generated is so clearly
and resolutely of no use to anyone.
Flight 404 is a unique Flash experience based on the fictional
investigation of the disapearance of a commercial airliner above the
Atlantic; and a manifest to its passengers. As one navigates
throught, the ambiguity grows if the event has happened, leaving the
viewer with a inconfortable sense of realism and'deja vu'. The
investigation is regularily updated and the viewers are invited to
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