– guestlist: Annabel Frearson – 100 minutes, 12-01-02, easyeverything,
Tottenham Court Road, London
– low-fi list: virtual spaces [3D/360 degrees/mapped/montaged]
– http://www.subtle.net/empyrean [Melinda Rackham]
– http://www.pipslab.nl [Pips:lab]
– http://www.knowhere.co.uk [state51]
– http://www.noware.org.uk [Pedro Fernandes]
– http://www.conceptbid.org/ [Greg Sidal]
Empyrean’s ‘soft skinned e_scapes’ are really beautiful and surprisingly organic 3D environments. Sometimes there is a hard edge or sharp text which reinforces the matrix, juxtaposing it against the softness of these semi translucent, layered spaces. [You need a VRML plugin to see this work. There is a helpful download page on the site.]
Pips:lab is a graffiti/photography mix. Constructed in director, the animations are a navigable sequence of still images showing graphing performances shot in the round.
Knowhere is a curious mixture of search engine style guidebook and tome of local knowledge, the KnowHere guide to the UK is unique. Whilst including such standards as local eaterys and shops, the database also covers such local-only knowledge as skateboard-spots and favorite ‘hook-up’ spots. All information supplied by genuine locals provides you with ‘a users guide to Britain’.
Noware is another alternate take on the search engine standard. This time producing composite images based on the word or phrase entered. The images appear to be made up of a predefined set of photographs, re-arranged and layered depending on the search. The resulting images are varied, interesting, and surprisingly coherent.
Conceptbid uses an online auction model to provide a market place for the exchange of conceptual projects. It raises interesting questions as parallels are drawn elsewhere between dematerialised, supposedly non-commodifiable net art and the now establishment conceptualism, which has long been absorbed into the art market.
– Artists are welcome to submit info on new projects to the database – please use the submission form on low-fi locator.
[net art locator]