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Deconstructing Interfaces
Web data are highly abstract codes that browsers translate into "usable", familiar images for the users. The category Deconstructing Interfaces assembles browser projects that engage a critical investigation into the very concept of the browser as a visualization machine, thereby transforming it into a by turns creative, manieristic, and ultimately witty engine of production.
// Changing Data Retrieval
// Creative Thought Linkage Interfaces
// Deconstructing Interfaces
// Expanding the Desktop
// Physical Browsers
// Saving the Screen
// Sonar Interfaces
// Timetravel Browsing

Best Viewed Without a Browser

Aaron S. Lav believes that the best way to read HTML documents is without a browser: users should connect to the appropriate port, and then display the raw HTML at 30, 120, or 240 characters per second. At such speeds, subtle nuances of pacing can be appreciated; with traditional all-at-once rendering, such nuances are thrown away. Also, semantically different tags, such as "<cite>" and "<em>" are easily distinguished without an interfering browser to render them both as italic. Lav deplores the fact that few designers today care about such nuances and he therefore wants everybody to join the "Best Viewed Without a Browser" campaign today and make their voices heard! (Um, figuratively speaking.)
Aaron S. Lav is the author of music software such as Dissociated Studio and RhythmLab. He also conducts research at the Center for Feline Excellence in Chicago, where he resides with his two cats.

Browser Gestures

Browser Gestures is an ongoing series of applications that reinterpret what a browser is. It represents the network outside of the well-accepted page metaphor. The three already existing browser models - Blur Browser (pages are blurred), History Browser (pages are layered) and Icon Browser (pages are tiled) - reinterpret how browsers normally display and navigate information for the user. In some cases, the browser abstracts the information that is to be displayed by sending the requested page through a feedback loop. In other cases, the browser takes the form of a browser's "history": the user must sift through layers of previous pages that have accrued since the browser was opened.
Browser Gestures is a project by web artist Mark Daggert.

The Grid

Turn off your computer: This network of browser interface studies and interactive trinkets accepts the spectator's gesture as part of the artistic moment. Mouse movements within The Grid are converted to data adjustments where user kinetic energy charges the work. Every click and roll creates a presence and feeds the power matrix of action and responses. Real power is illusory, though, as interaction doesn't necessarily mean everyone gets a seat at the desktop. The action/response network within this work is a personal attempt to simulate creative exchange, but retain artistic authority in an increasingly interactive world.
Brian Judy is an artist and programmer. He has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently he works as an independent developer of Internet projects.

Internet Implorer

Internet implorer is a work of the German web artist group Rolux.org. The application implores Internet web pages in a very, very white way. The Implorer gradually empties web sites by replacing all texts and images with blank fields, thus wiping out the whole content. On an aesthetical basis, especially commercial web space really looks great. The Berlin based group's other web projects can be accessed at http://www.rolux.org.


Netomat eschews the anachronistic page structure of today's web by not privileging layout and design. It atomizes text, image and audio by loosening them from web sites and web pages. This allows the data to be recombined or viewed independently in a context determined by the user. Netomat, presented in 1999 as one of the first non-linear browsing experiences, dynamically spawns multiple browser interfaces and functionality created openly and by many. This project relies on an active and distributed use by communities of internet users since it attempts to engage the internet differently, much like the way it was originally intended and further than currently envisioned. The creators of Netomat perceive the web not only as a database or a static, flat file-storage system, but as one big application.
Netomat is a project of Maciej Wisniewski of the New York based collective/company Netomat. Netomat was presented at the first New York Browserday.


Pornolize deals with such issues as introducing fistfucking or anal intercourse into public web contents - and generally the DirkDigglerization of modern life. You enter the URL of your least favorite web site and then stare disbelievingly at its 'perverted' content. Nothing more to say.
Is it one more debate in the net-porn-discourse or just a tool that is … err … cool? Decide for yourself. And don't forget to "fuck the pain away" (Peaches).
Pornolize is a project of JUNIKS (http://www.juniks.org/)


Riot is a self-defined "cross-content browser". Since PR people like to say that on the web "content is king", Riot, released in 2000, tries to depose that king by uprooting images and text from separate web pages and throwing them together into one raucous collage. Posing as a normal browser, Riot dissolves the territorial boundaries on the web. Once in "Riot", your browser will behave much as it normally does. You may surf by entering a URL into the location bar, or choose a recent page from the history list, or choose one from your list of bookmarks. Nevertheless - the web will change - from slightly to radically.
Riot is a project of NY-based Artist Mark Napier. Mark Napier has most recently drawn attention to his work with a series of pictures of "Distorted Barbies" that he placed on his web site and the following Matell lawsuit.


The web browser as an organ of perception through which we 'see' the web filters and organizes a huge mass of structured information that spans continents. It is constantly growing, reorganizing itself, shifting its appearance, and evolving. As long as all browsers more or less agree on the conventions of HTML, there is the illusion of solidity or permanence in the web. The Shredder, first released 1998, was one of the first applications to present this global structure as a chaotic, irrational, raucous collage. By altering the HTML code before the browser reads it, the Shredder appropriates the data of the web, transforming them into a parallel web. Thus content becomes abstraction. Text becomes graphics. Information becomes art.
Shredder is another project of NY-based Artist Mark Napier.

%WRONG Browser

Jodi.Org tries out different looks of the browser screen display and the syntax of the URL, because they like to demonstrate that the "wrong" browser is stronger than the "real" browser. The browser was the first program equipped with the "View source"-function, so you could look beneath the screen surface and perceive and read the code layer. It dates from a time when the web was struggling for popularity and the first Mosaic browser spread an "How-to-do-this" button with every page.html. Jodi focuses on this layer underneath. All three of the "Wrong Browsers" (2000) don't really look like an "internet experience" anymore. Jodi states that this is the case because users are conditioned by the "real" browser. "Users" are "used" to watching "comets-falling-over-the-small-upper-right-corporate-Logo", and looking at "the-lower-left-side-of-you-frame" to read and believe they are %Connected and %Downloading.
Jodi.Org works on the deconstruction of the net since 1994.

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