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Colors of the Net


is a net art project by
Kytom L.

Outline

In Colors of the Net I use the thumbnails of a large search engine to give associative and artistic answers to questions such as the following:

Purpose of the project

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.

The images 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 is for.

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 the project.

It would give me great pleasure if Colors of the Net were to be continued, complemented and renewed by you.


Kytom L.


Here (or above) you can continue to the eight Colors of the Net:




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Kytom L. 2004