With this in mind, think of the following not as a list of sites but as a kit from which to construct mobiles of images, events, and text. The sites are to be enjoyed individually as well as in combination, and are presented here in the kind of experiential montage embodied by the Web.
Let's start with the colors, shapes, movement, and proliferating screens on ada'web, the Walker Art Center's online project (adaweb.walkerart.org/project/aitken). Doug Aitken and Dean Kuipers take you through a series of photos and text, narrative insinuated, the event at once imminent and immanent. Then, at FUSE98LAB (www.fuse98.com/fuse98lab/labM.htm), click on EXPERIMENTS and proceed to tables one, two, or three: Let words, images, and sound hop and skip around the screen, a microcosm or condensation of the Web. At www.combine.org/combine99/andy/idiot/01.html you're delivered a rant of narrative inspired by and borrowed from Dostoyevsky, housed in an elegant pulse of flowing text, image, and sound track. Here, film and novel blend beyond their respective genres: Is this MTV? Click-and-drag the elements of time in John Maeda's sprawling Java calendar, at www.maedastudio.com/cal1deliv/index.html--Who owns time now? Then turn to a proactive machine of chance: the Burroughs Cut-up Machine (www.bigtable.com/cut up). Put in your own text or combine it with pieces of Naked Lunch. At www.jodi.org/map, Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans present a sprawling green diagram of many early Net artworks and tropes of new media and online culture. And on to mila.ljudmila.org/nettime/zkp4/toc.htm, which offers a proliferation of links to Net-art critiques and manifestos.
Brian Eno's and Peter Schmidt's project Oblique Strategies (www.msn.fullfeed.com/[tilde]gtaylor/ObliqueStrategies/Explore.html) provides textual reminders, rarely complete, of productive ways of thinking: stratagems for living interestingly. These discrete systems of montage allow chance to insinuate itself into our reading, making serendipity constitutive of the event. At bbs2.thing.net/jam, join the GraphicJam, a seance of sorts, where you spray paint with others in real time. The only trace of the other participants is the line being drawn, ghostlike, before your eyes. Then on to Skot (www.skot.at/question.html), a diary of sound, vision, and everyday reverie, and the Universal Sleep Station (www.sleepstation.com), to look into Ana Voog's world (via "anacam"), ripe with arty art and arty nudity. Or enjoy the smiling, joyous ambience of Todd Oldham (www.toddoldham.com)--and send a postcard to a friend. And of course no Web expedition is complete without the multimedia extravaganzas at the Remedi Project (w ww.theremediproject.com), ever-revolving exhibitions of webby delight.
An artist and filmmaker, Marc Lafia is a founder of artandculture.com.
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