A Net Art Idea Line mapping lines of thought through time
by Martin Wattenberg
Martin Wattenberg’s "Idea Line" – a timeline of net artworks – has been launched on artport, the Whitney Museum’s portal to net art. The "Idea Line" is designed to show both the variety of themes, technologies, and media that net art has been using and the relation of each artwork to the larger tapestry of all these diverse approaches. The timeline – a visualization of a database of net art projects that have been created from 1995 until today – is arranged in a fan of luminous threads. Each thread corresponds to a particular kind of artwork or type of technology. The brightness of each thread varies with the number of artworks that it contains in each year, so that one can watch the ebb and flow of different lines of thought over time. The lines open up to reveal titles of artworks and access information about them as well as the artworks themselves. The net art database is publicly accessible and information about net artworks can still be entered.