The Assoziations-Blaster is an interactive German language text network
in which all texts are automatically linked to each other by "non-linear-realtime-linking".
Users are invited to enrich the database with their own texts. These
are not made available one after the other, but the user rather jumps
from text to text by means of the resulting links. The database is
organized by key words, whereby each text belongs to a certain key
word that constitutes the linkage of the texts. Users may also add
new key words, which have immediate consequences on all the texts
in the interface system.
Assoziations-Blaster is a project of the German conceptualists Alvar
C. H. Freude and Dragan Espenschied.
Babel, viewers logged onto the site are confronted with a 3D visualization
of an abstract data space mapped as arrays and grids of Dewey decimal
numbers. As they move the mouse around the screen, they can navigate
this 3D environment. All users are able to see what the other users
- who are simultaneously logged onto the site - are seeing. The
multiple 3D views of the data space are assembled into a single
shared image, where the actions of any viewer affect what the other
viewers see. If a large number of users are logged on, the information
displayed becomes so complex and dense that it breaks down into
a meaningless abstract space.
Babel is a project by British computer artist Simon Biggs.
the name suggests, Halfbakery is a site concerned with linking immature
ideas. People can post their half-baked ideas, which are then saved
in a database of thoughts.
Halfbakery can be seen as an interface of the mental fragments of
its users. It is a communal database of original, fictitious inventions
that is edited by its users.
The bakesperson at Halfbakery is Jutta Degener.
Design Visual Thesaurus
Plumb Design's Visual Thesaurus is an artistic exploration that
is also a learning tool demonstrating the idea of a dynamic interface.
Through its dynamic interface it alters our relationship with language;
creating poetry through user action, dynamic typography, and design.
The experience is rewarding from both a linguistic and an aesthetic
perspective. By allowing users to visualize the relationships in
complex data, it bridges the gap between qualitative and quantitative
analysis and allows publishers and owners of data to create interactive
displays that make this information enticing and easy-to-navigate.
This increases the ability of viewers to browse through complex
information. The Visual Thesaurus accesses data from the WordNet
database, a publicly available resource developed by the Cognitive
Science Laboratory at Princeton University.
Visual Thesaurus is a project of the New York City based design
company Plumb Design.
Reconnoitre is concerned with experiencing the network as a bizarre_scape,
an environment with a high metabolism of which boundaries are continuously
re-shaped; accreting and thickening under the influence of powerful
social and commercial forces. The browser allows users to search
for and access web sites. It is less concerned with the coherent
display of information as with representing browsing as a behavioral
activity. Probably best described as dysfunctional, it strives to
enunciate our consumption of information as a journey of surprise
that seeks to reinstate the pleasure of browsing as a technologically
experienced drift in its own right - an ambient grazing of text,
fragmentary, incomplete and happily purposeless.
Reconnoitre is a work by London based artists Tom Corby and Gavin
a new text is read for the first time on the Rhizome web site -
one of the major sites in the US concerned with art - it appears
on StarryNight as a dim star. Each time a text is read again, the
corresponding star shines a bit brighter. Over time, the page comes
to resemble a starry night sky, with bright stars corresponding
to the most popular texts in the database, and dim stars corresponding
to less popular ones. Dragging the mouse over one of the stars brings
up a pop-up list of keywords that the corresponding text shares
with other texts. StarryNight depends on two pieces of original
software: a set of Perl scripts that sort texts by keyword and records
their individual hits, and a Java applet that filters this information
to draw stars and constellations.
The concept of StarryNight was devised by Alex Galloway & Mark
Tribe. Production by Alex Galloway & Martin Wattenberg
WebTracer is a project based on the intention to visualize the structure
of the web. Unlike many other applications that analyze web sites
for structural integrity and diagnostic purposes, WebTracer aims
at revealing the visual structure that web hypertext creates. The
application deals with sites and pages as molecules and atoms, the
resulting cellular structures reflecting the information structures
of the web. The designer reckons that the representation of the
many shells and layers that guide our exploration and exploitation
of cyberspace can help to reinforce the awareness that all information
systems are guided by a great number of defining elements. The hardware
used, the operating system, the software, the network protocols
and finally the file structures themselves all mould the way that
users interact with data spaces and the way that they can create
"WebTracer" is a project by Tom Betts, Nullpointer.