Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Vuk Cosic and the anti-blog

A blog could contain a random post selector, that presented a post of any date, within parameters you set, like "innovation", "blog tips", "CEO blogs", "video blogging", or whatever topic you want your blog to focus on.

Each visitor would see a rotating display of posts on that specific topic, doing keyword searches of your archives.

Or a user could be greeted by a home page that consists of a title ("Vaspers the Grate") and description tagline, then a panel of drop down menus labeled "innovation", "blog tips", "CEO blogs", "video blogging", "videos", "podcasts", "Vaspers interviewed", "Vaspers interviews others", etc.

Users could refine and expedite their search by selecting: information, inspiration, or entertainment. Or: serious, humor, or speculative. Or: personal confessions, professional advice, industry insights.

Vuk Cosic

See the interview of Vuk Cosic, net and ascii art pioneer, who discusses the anti-blog over at We Make Money Not Art.


Where do you think is today's avant-garde?

In order to find an avant-garde you need to look for networks of like-minded people asking new questions and avoiding boundaries and defaults proposed by previous generations of avant-garde humans.

So regardless of individual quality of some of amazing new media people of today, I am having difficulties noticing a relevant dialogue that would be more electrifying than the sum of its participants. Or it's my hearing that has gone bad.

You play a lot with the media, question it, seek its vulnerabilities. You were even called an "Eastern European Hacker" when you "stole" Documenta X website. How much do you think you have in common with hackers? And what differentiates a net.artist from a hacker?

To stay brief: a hacker is a naive net.artist (in an art-historian sense). This doesn't mean that net.artist is a hacker only better. It only means that a net.artist is accepting and exploring the stickiness of the label of art.

At the same time some of the works done by hackers are much grander than most of net.art but the point of course is not in individual work.

Could you imagine working on some blog art project?

Sure, I'm running several blogs in my head all the time.

If I were to do this for real my first instincts would be to grossly distort the interface, write good shit, but make it difficult for you to find it again, and in general mess with your intentions to interact.


I have done such things myself, for example: Jejune Jumpers unblog deconstruction.


carrie said...

cool ideas.

steven edward streight said...

This is a fairly obscure corner of digital art: the guerilla art of net (internet-based and web-empowered) art. It branches out and merges with surveiallance camera theatre, where a play is quickly enacted for the cameras, then the acting troupe disappears to re-appear at another location to do it again.