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Creative Thought Linkage Interfaces
The connection of thoughts, thought structures, and ideas is a conditio sine qua non for the exploration of new forms of usage and navigation of the internet.
// Changing Data Retrieval
// Creative Thought Linkage Interfaces
// Deconstructing Interfaces
// Expanding the Desktop
// Physical Browsers
// Saving the Screen
// Sonar Interfaces
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Der Assoziations-Blaster

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.

At 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.

As 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.

Plumb 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 Baily.

When 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 them.
"WebTracer" is a project by Tom Betts, Nullpointer.

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