Sunday, September 27, 2009

This a screen shot of the first page of along with the source code window opened. was created by Jodi (Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans) in 1995. At first glance,'s pages seem to be an incomprehensible maze of lines consisting of meaningless code. It’s not until you open the source code, that you see that the page actually does make sense…and somewhat of a statement. I think that the artists were trying to achieve some sort of reconciliation between art using a new medium (the web) and art about old ideas (bombs.) It seems to me that the artist is trying to introduce the idea that messages or ideas can easily be encoded using this new machine/language/concept. The artists use a fairly recognizable object and turn it into something completely unrecognizable simply by using a common thing (a browser). I think this artist is showing how easily things can be “encrypted” without the use of an expensive high tech program.

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