</frameset> is an exhibition, a monument and an archive dedicated to the HTML tag <frameset>, setup by some students from the Interface Design department at the Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany.
The HTML tag was introduced in 1996 with version 2.0 of Netscape browser. This tag made it possible to divide a browser window into parts and show several HTML documents at once.
A lot has been written about this most controversial tag in the history of markup languages. Already in the year it was created, usability experts announced that it breaks fundamental rules of hypertext and navigation. It was hated in the end of the 1990′s and neglected in the new millennium.
In March 2011 W3C finally removed frames from the HTML5 standard.
</frameset> is a collection of 5205 framesets from Geocities, 100 “No Frames!” buttons and some experiments by the students like the ones below. Check them out!
GIF MARKET is a new project by Kim Asendorf and Ole Fach. The animated GIF is probably the most popular net.art file format at the moment and it’s only a matter of time till some animated GIFs will end up in art collections.
The GIF MARKET is located on the way to future. It’s not on the destination, much more shortly after the start, but it’s one of the pioneer projects for giving files a value.
The project contains a series of 1024 animated GIFs, each named by a #number. The GIFs show a black line which marks the centre for the 1px large particles rotating around it. #1 is the most unique, it has only 1 pixel flying around, and therefore the most expensive. Down to the end there are so many particles that you can’t see the difference between #950 and #1000.
The price gets calculated by this formula:
PRICE = (SALES / NUMBER) * 16
Each sale increases the price, at the end the #1 will cost 16,384.00€.
BTW, I bought #23 last Saturday at a very low price. It was an excellent investment!
Street Show and 0-DAY ART are 2 new art projects which I think are very exciting. Street Show is a new exhibition format developed by Michael Manning. It is based on the Dead Drops project by Aram Bartholl, USB flash drives are somewhere hidden in a public locations and people can add and/or download files from them. The first Street Show is currently taking place in New York and is titled “The Things Between Us”. Michael asked 22 artists to make a piece based on the idea of TRANSFER. So if you want to see the artworks, you’ll have to go to 540 W. 21 St. (@ Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology) in New York City. You better bring you laptop and a USB cable.
The Street Show exhibition format is an experiment in the absurd pursuit of creating scarcity in the distribution of digital media. Visitors to the Dead Drop are free to take a file, delete a file, take all the files and so on ad infinitum, the future distribution of the work is uncertain once installed. It places the power of “ownership” of unique files in the hands of its audience and through this, hopes to reveal something about the culture and consumption of digital media. The work presented on the drive may end up online, be deleted, remixed, vandalized, or perhaps even trolled, its fate is in the hands of those who seek it.
0-DAY ART is something like warez group for net art. Their mission: “WE PUT NET ART BACK ON THE NET”.
Their first release:
Pierre Commenge aka Emoc wrote a Processing app to transform photographs into these very painterly, knitted pictures. Of course he isn’t the first one to do something like this, but you have to admit that the outcome of his code is very nice.
Massimals are 1:1 design objects that serve as prototypes to examine how physical form can engage the public realm. These constructs are mass abstractions of animal forms fabricated in systematic fashion from one material. The suggestive forms and their specific arrangement imply docile behavior similar to animals in a petting zoo augmenting the way visitors approach and engage built form.
Okay, but this is still a very impressive project.