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HTTP in tha House

2005


keywords (in alphabetical order): authorship; borrowed intelligence; creativity; interactivity; lyrics; network; web art

In the web art piece HTTP in tha House, a user enters a URL. The program gathers the data, generally a web page of HTML. It selects random segments of several words from the text, disregarding the formatting tags. Initially, we begin with a tentative assumption that, at least in those days, a person who can provide a URL, would be fairly familiar with the contents of that web page. This was particularly true in an era when often people often created their own web sites from scratch (as opposed to using blogs or services like Facebook). In fact, it would seem that the most enthusiastic responses for this piece tended to come from visitors who had looked up their own sites and were excited by the result. As we will discuss, this is not intended as an opportunity to scoff at a persistent solipsism, rather it underscores the self-referential nature of perception and subsequent categorization of meaning and noise.


* discussed in the book Behavioral Art
* discussed in paper published in PJIM
* reported in Rhizome's Net Art News