Digital Literacy

The Message is the Medium

Posted in Uncategorized by Geoffrey Morris on November 26, 2008

Seems like so much is about showing what you can do with the medium of the internet.  I kinda like these vids, which are not just about using the net, but also a critical response to the aesthetics that comprise it.

Can you think of any other examples of using the medium of the net to comment critically on its structure/visual presence/psychic landscape?

Oh yeah, and also, this.


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  1. ecrail said, on November 26, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I like the middle video because I didn’t realize what it was right away. I didn’t make the connection between the youtube loading circle and the art that this person had created, I just saw the art.

  2. lhpacheco said, on November 26, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I think that the net art portion of the blog is interesting because it does comment on the internet as a medium. I like the creativity put on by the first three because it uses current issues (youtube) as a platform for expressing art. In a way, it reminds me of urban art, because it uses current topics and flips them (sometimes in a humorous or satirical way) so that people can really think more in depth into it. All three use some miniscule part of the youtube player and accents it and brings it into the forefront. The first one plays with an endless amount of play bars. The second one emphasizes the loading icon. and the last one creates one gigantic scaled play bar. Although some may find these takes on the youtube phenomenon simple, it DOES spark thought and discussion about the issue, and because of that, it is successful. However the last video I did not particularly think was that interesting, even though it did use four screens of youtube players to play. I feel that it does not really say anything about the medium, but just uses it as a tool while the actual music video was emphasized. Along with that, I’ve seen something to that effect done many times.

  3. Carolyn said, on November 26, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    These graphics from YouTube are similar to graphics we, as avid computer users, see on a daily basis. We can find them on iTunes, our computer desktop, and many other places, but we rarely actually think about the aesthetics involved in these simple graphics. The artists that made these videos wanted to show these graphics in a different light, to show they can make art by simply infinitely repeating or zooming in on these simple, everyday graphics. I find the first two videos to be extremely aesthetically pleasing. I enjoy see everyday things in new ways. By replicating the graphics over and over, an entirely new graphic element shined through. However, the third video was sadly disappointing. Not only was it a poor idea, but now I know exactly what the graphics involved in the time bar at the bottom of videos consists of. When it’s very small, the time bar looks much more detailed and professional. Up close it looks like a introductory graphic student designed it.

  4. Rachel said, on November 26, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I like these videos because they take something that we see on the Internet everyday and they have managed to make art out of it. I recognized all of the YouTube aspects that the author was commenting on. Out of the three example posted above, I liked the second one the best because the spirals from YouTube blended in perfectly with the spirals made as net art. It took me a minute but I did finally get what the last video was, an up close and personal view of the YouTube scroll bar. I never thought that someone making art out of an Internet component could end up being so visually appealing. Below is another example of net art that comments on the visual presence.

  5. Rachel said, on November 26, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Here’s the link to the video:

  6. sam h said, on November 26, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    These videos have made art out of an everyday occurrence. The loading circle and the youtube movie bar are visual symbols that we are accustomed to seeing. Also, the videos have a hypnotic quality to them. We know the sequence and the events taking place but we still watch to see what happens. There is a kind of suspense that makes the videos interesting. The sole purpose of waiting for the bar to turn red is for the content to load that we are impatiently waiting for. These videos change that experience in the sense that the visuals symbols that we are accustom to seeing is the content in it self.

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