WEB_1-2: Culture Browser

The idea of systems working together is an important part of digital art and interface. Millions of smaller entities work together to form a representation. Every single JPG in a digital video, the buttons and scroll bars on your screen, and even the pixels which make it up, all have to function simultaneously.

For this project I want you to think of all the single elements of culture that work together to form what we know as the world. Imagine they’re all in an amazing database and that your task is to somehow, using whatever method(s) possible, create an interface to all the possible permutations. Think about text, images, sounds, and video.

The web interface itself is the most viable form of “culture browsing” we have. And all the navigation elements, logos, and other strange parts of the interface form our understanding. Think also about Manovich and cinema as database, and about restructuring “our experience of ourselves and the world.” How can you radically change the viewer’s expectations while tapping-into all the possible cultural memes?

  1. Functional interfaces
    1. Simple German Language Learning
    2. Photosynth
    3. One Block Radius by GlowLab
  2. Artworks and Games
    1. Stills
      1. PAM by Mark Napier
    2. Animations and films
      1. GLU by Catharina Vaneetvelde
      2. Ryan Trecartin
      3. Reality CPU
      4. Color Field Television (2009) by Andrew Venell
      5. The Rainbow Website (2006) by Noah Venezia
      6. Number of Manufacturing Industries by Number… (2008) by Morgan Rush Jones
      7. RGB (2001) by Rafaël Rozendaal
      8. Random houndstooth generator
      9. Typographic Illustration by Evan Roth
    3. Interactive
      1. Windosill
      2. towersandpowers.com thehistoryofadecadethathasnotyetbeennamed.com shenevertoldherlove.com symmetryofchaos.com electricitycomesfromanotherplanet.com by Angelo Plessas
      3. monoface
      4. Paper Rad
      5. Facebook Intense by Jacob Broms Englom
      6. They Rule
      1. Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung
        1. 111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111.com
        2. Gaszappers
    4. Physical spaces
      1. Homographies, Less Than Three, Wavefunction by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
      2. Mechanical Mirrors by Daniel Rozin
      3. Formula for New Media Art by Jim Campbell
      4. Sniff (how it works), Wildlife, The Call by Karolina Sobecka
      5. Paris and Command Center by Tim Scwartz
    5. Other artists
      1. Submission by Mat Collishaw
      2. 1970‘s interfaces by Mark Wilson
      3. Paul Laffoley
  3. Music
    1. The Grey Album
    2. Jadiohead
    3. inbflat.net
  4. Games
    1. Makers Tile Game
    2. Kriegspiel by R-S-G
    3. Sound
      1. ToneMatrix by Andre Michelle
      2. BallDroppings
  5. Strange cultural examples
    1. North Korean Mass Games
    2. Toilet Waterfall
    3. Another Waterfall
  6. Student work

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