the motorhueso net experience -- español?
net-specific works by eugenio tisselli
//dada newsfeed: hole of eponym
//a cutthroat archetype in heedless megacosm
//2003 by eugenio tisselli: crack hurrah!
//this code is the set of
rules that generate dada newsfeed.
//it is a collection of functions and procedures that instruct the computer
//to do the following task:
//1. get a random news headline from a current news server
//2. get a random image from an image bank, based on a random word taken from the headline
//3. combine these two elements in a web-collage and display them on a page
//4. if the user clicks on the image, a new image and a new headline are displayed
//5. if the user clicks on the headline, a new image is displayed,
//and the headline is transformed as the computer attempts to get a synonym for
//every word in the headline. these synonyms are taken from an internet
//thesaurus. if no synonym is found, the original word is preserved.
//sometimes dada newsfeed
can take too long...
//if this happens, don't worry, just click again... or wait
//dada newsfeed has nothing to do with speed or efficiency!
earth, words: space
building from words. _"building from words" is a net piece that represents navigable cyberspace as a 3d world. it is based on the conceptualization of the internet as a huge database, in which data is organized in a topological way. _words the first appearance of data on the net is textual. the data packets, travelling as digital signals around the globe, are processed and interpreted by a multitude of operating systems that, despite differences among them, arrive to a consensus: the translation of digital data into text visible on screen. _building texts, linked among them, give rise to textures which are topological in nature. textures are the qualities that arise from the accumulation of certain types of texts. linked texts give rise to fuzzily-defined areas of information or knowledge. these areas, or semantic net topologies, are containers of smaller areas, and are also contained by bigger areas. the atom of the internet is the atom of computer text: the character. the zoom-out sequence leads to words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, pages and sites which are linked among them by paragraphs, sentences, phrases, words and characters. _images in internet, image is a specific case of aggregation of text. internally, images can be coded by a sequence of characters, unintelligible for any human language, but nevertheless significant within the context of the net. the traditional saying goes: "a picture is worth a thousand words"... in the net, a picture is literally worth thousand of characters, but also a word can give rise to thousands of pictures. how? _metadata metadata are "data about data". image classification has always been an interesting topic in the areas of language and visual studies: the use of words, or descriptors, to classify images. words are attached to an image, and thus become its metadata. internet is an enormous entity in which images are automatically classified in countless, subjective ways. the mere title of an image file is enough to draw textual (qualitative) information about it. but what kind of information? there is no consensus yet, and hopefully there never will be. consensus here can mean standardization of expression. _database a database is a structure in which data is organized and related to other data. it is also a live entity that produces itself according to a set of rules. new data finds its location automatically, and it can instantly be related to other data. can these relations become information? this can be discussed, but certainly the different possibilities of data visualization can suggest qualitative knowledge that doesn't come from specific data, but from the relations existing between such data. internet can be considered as an enormous database that continuously creates and modifies its own rules (sometimes because of the creation and modification of its content); at any given moment, the data has dynamic, ever-changing relations with other data: metadata links areas of knowledge, image and words are used to build up new sites and modify existing ones, text is a mutant memory that lives only in the fleeting present, linked text becomes texture, it becomes palpitating tissue. internet is a huge database of images, classified sometimes by a single character, by a word or even a phrase or a paragraph. _navigation "the legible city", by jeffrey shaw, makes clear that text is something closely related to space; text is something that we can ride through. the net, at least as seen from a purist's point of view, is a space of text, and text itself is the navigation vehicle. in order to navigate using images as a vehicle, text must be used as an invisible motor that functions behind the image. we move through images, we navigate visually, sometimes unaware of all the textual transactions that make up the links and let them work. a word gives rise to linked images in internet because of the hypertextual nature of data and metadata. _tectonic structures "building from words" asks the user to introduce text: a character, word or phrase that will be used as a keyword to retrieve images classified under such text. a 3d world is created then, containing as many cubic monoliths as images were found. each monolith has one of the found images on its walls, and becomes a spatial feature in an otherwise flat world: a structure that represents an image that represents text. the monoliths' sizes and their proximity with the world's center are proportional to the relevance of the relation between the initial text and the image they depict. the 3d world can be navigated, and by approaching a monolith, the address from which its image was taken becomes apparent as an active link. internet navigation is thus represented by the navigation of a 3d space in which there is a topographical correspondence with the contents of the net.
synonymovie is a machine that creates automatic movies whose argument is based on a single word, and is developed algorithmically by a chain of semantic relations. the visual material for these movies are images that can be found in any corner of the internet.
synonymovie asks the user to introduce an initial word, upon which the movie will be based. in the same way that a computer needs a numeric "seed" to generate random numbers, the word acts here as the origin of the whole movie. once the user enters the word, a cycle starts by querying a search engine on the net and obtaining an image related to the word. this means that images classified or titled with such word will be displayed. then, the net is queried again for a synonym (or sometimes antonym) of the word. the cycle continues until a word without synonyms is found (it is interesting to consider that, at least in the internet, synonyms are not always bidirectional)
the movie's development through time is relational: the movie's current frame is directly related to the previous one in a semantic way. synonymovie creates relational movies which are constructed with fragments of the huge, chaotic and subjective database that is internet. in this sense, every synonymovie is a movie about the net.
the tool for lazy vj's... image manipulation is boring. so just type the word that describes the images you want, press enter, and let the machine do the rest. and if you can get a dj (it should be quite easy) you can make the images dance to the >>>beat<<<