Must We Become Pitiless Censors of Ourselves?

by flaunt

Rhizome’s Heather Corcoran Hand-Picks Her Favorite Websites

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GeoGoo.net

GeoGoo uses the familiar interface of Google Maps (familiar to those of us naviga- tionally deficient and of a certain age—south say, of fifty) to throw the user into a tangled assault of spiraling and geometrical icons that populate and overrun various geographic locations like a cartographer’s nightmare. GeoGoo is the work of net art pioneers JODI, the winners of the inaugural Prix Net Art launched by Rhizome.

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NewHive.com

NewHive is a “blank canvas” online tool that enables a drag and drop interface for users to create new and unique mixed media within the confines of an internet browser. The results are as schizophrenic as might be expected, but there are several artists and fringe art-movements utilizing the site to produce some quite innovative creations.

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PCMusic.info

PC Music is the London based record label that represents acts like SOPHIE and Hannah Diamond. Each new music release comes with its own unique site which provides a moderately surreal mixed format environment in which to appreciate the track. This is a novel approach to music distribution which may get replicated by some of PC Music’s bigger (and certainly blander) rivals.

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serpentineGalleries.org/exhibitions-events/agnes

Like her progenitor HAL, AGNES—created by Cécile B. Evans—converses with the requisite eerie emotional detachment of all good A.I.s as she guides you through the Serpentine gallery website. Though unlike HAL, rather than being intent on preserving an unknowably powerful alien intelligence (as far as Flaunt can tell), AGNES is a spambot, bent on acquiring your personal information for her own (banal/nefarious/artistic/altruistic??) ends. There is a modicum of wit about AGNES and she will utilize her previously obtained intelligence on you to guide your future visits to the site. Possibly a haunting vision of the future of web-browsing, and certainly a great gimmick.

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Tilde.club

The brain-child of Paul Ford, Tilde.Club is an antithesis Facebook, that forms a minimalist social network that contains only the information controlled by the member. It recalls the time in the not-so-distant past when the user was in command of their online presence.

While this is (probably) not a place to discover whether your potential beau was a member of the international tamagotchi appreciation club (ITAC) in 1999, some of the profiles contain some very eclectic and captivating reading.

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