of the Net
is a net art project by
of the Net I use the thumbnails of a large search engine to give associative
and artistic answers to questions such as the following:
- How is the color space
of the net composed?
- How are colors and all
the various human spheres connected?
- How does the net display
such connections? Or is it the net that produces them in the first place?
Purpose of the
In the section
„pictures“ of this search engine I entered nothing but the name of a color:
black, blue, green, orange, purple, red, white, yellow. I used the English
names as to date the net is dominated by this language. Of the results, I
used the first 64 thumbnails which link to pictures on different servers
for my project.
This selection is not representative. Nonetheless, it is characteristic as
it works with the graphic material which the user finds when he employs such
a search engine.
found (a certain fuzziness of the pictures is quite intended) are assembled
into a mosaic for each color.
In order to demonstrate how arbitrary – not random, as each search engine
follows it’s own logic- such results are, the images are reassembled by a
script each time one enters a color page (thanks to Thomas Krug of the CNF
for the technical assistance). Therefore, you can observe a new color mosaic
each time you enter the page. All you need to do is press the “reload” button
of your browser. The project is supposed to clarify that the space of the
net (as a strongly visual medium) follows a certain logic in colors, which
is to be deciphered through association here. It is also meant to demonstrate
that our perception of the cognitive and emotional meaning of colors is changed
through the use of the net.
Call for cooperation
See for yourself
what catches your eye and how this can be understood. That’s what the project
The question is, of course, whether or not connections such as the one between
colors and human spheres are specific for certain cultures or countries.
This can be tested. Today there are enough pages of diverse languages on
the net. Just enter the corresponding names of the colors in French, Spanish,
German etc. into one of the large picture search engines. And if you like,
go ahead and copy my project with your results. If you make a page out of
it and send me the URL, then I’ll put you on my link list. You are also free
to advance my idea into completely different directions or to comment on
It would give me great pleasure if Colors of the Net were to be continued,
complemented and renewed by you.
Here (or above) you can continue to the eight Colors of the Net: