Gilles Aubry / Stéphane Montavon, Cairo Talking Heads, 2006/2017

Cairo Talking Heads, Gilles Aubry / Stéphane Montavon

Cairo Talking Heads is an audio blog by Gilles Aubry and Stephane Montavon documenting their art residency in Cairo in 2007. During the course of six weeks, they acted as "acoustic mirrors" for individuals in the city, recording oral speech fragments by various activist bloggers faced with censorship.

LAN, Trace Noizer, 2001, screenshot

TraceNoizer – Disinformation On Demand, LAN

TraceNoizer was a website that allowed all registered users to conceal their own Internet identity by repeatedly cloning and fakingwebsites containing their name. Bit by bit, the so called clones were captured by the major search engines, so that they became indistinguishable from the original websites. The clones were stored on free web page hosting platforms that no longer exist today. With the help of the Clone Control Center, users had the chance to review a list of the clones and, where appropriate, remove them. 

John F. Simon Jr., Every Icon, 1997 – ongoing, screenshot

Every Icon, John F. Simon, Jr.

In his work Every Icon, the US American artist John F. Simon, Jr. has programmed software that runs through all possible combinations of black and white fields in a grid of 32 x 32 squares, at a rate of 100 variants per second, from top to bottom.

Marc Lee, TV-Bot 1.0, 2004/2005, screenshot

TV-Bot 1.0, Marc Lee

TV-Bot 1.0 was – like its two current successors, TV-Bot 2.0 und 3.0 – a live-stream TV station that recombined current news stories in real time. Three short videos from the first version have been preserved using capture software.

Birgit Kempker, Sphinx, 2004 – ongoing, screenshot

Sphinx, Birgit Kempker

Sphinx is an interactive literary platform that went online in 2004. Users can pose the  most diverse questions and expect an individual, oulipoetic response. Oulipoetic is short for Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle, a workshop for potential literature in which Birgit Kempker has found the basic verse form for her responses: The sestina verse of Baroque lyrics, with its six stanzas of six lines each.

knowbotic research, minds of concern (New York Version), 2002

minds of concern (New York version), knowbotic research

Minds of Concern, a project originally conceived as an exhibition for the New Museum, New York, 2002, consisted of an installation and a Net-based work. Using the Web interface of the Public Domain Scanner, visitors to the exhibition could select from certain groups on the project Website, such as movements or NGOs like Oxfam, the Freedom from Debt Coalition and COSATU, or media activists and artists who express critical views of global activities of the Internet community.

Studer / van den Berg, filter: mixed double, 1997 – 1998

filter: mixed double, Studer / van den Berg

Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg are among Switzerland’s pioneers of media art. The three so-called filter works were created between 1996 and 1998. "These filters can be used to cool down from the search for meaning in the www and to move on aimlessly – like in a road movie," the artists explain.

Studer / van den Berg, filter: mille miglia, 1997 – 1998

filter: mille miglia, Studer / van den Berg

Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg are among Switzerland’s pioneers of media art. The three so-called filter works were created between 1996 and 1998. "Filters are snippets," the artists explain, "whose subject is the changing perspectives when moving in and through the Internet. Like a toddler who learns that moving forwards can mean more than simply following a straight line to reach a goal, we should find different terms for different ways of moving in a nonlinear system." 

Studer / van den Berg, filter: four letter words, 1997 – 1998

filter: four letter words, Studer / van den Berg

Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg are among Switzerland’s pioneers of media art; they have been addressing the artistic possibilities of this new platform since the mid-1990s. The three so-called filter works, which were created between 1996 and 1998, can be seen today as historical snapshots. According to the artists themselves, they "deal with the then totally new artistic instrument of hypertext at the level of pictorial translations."

Beat Brogle und Philippe Zimmermann, onewordmovie, 2003 / 2018, screenshot

onewordmovie, Beat Brogle / Philippe Zimmermann

Beat Brogle and Philippe Zimmermann have developed software for their participatory Web art onewordmovie that – via a connection to a common Web browser such as Netscape or Internet Explorer – compiles all pictures linked under a search term into one film. 

UBERMORGEN, Sound of eBay, 2008/2009, screenshot

Sound of eBay, UBERMORGEN

Since 1995, the Austrian artist duo UBERMORGEN has been working in the fields of digital fine art, media activism, programming and media hacking. 
The Sound of eBay is a website that generates MP3 tracks from eBay user data and presents them in the form of teletext sex ads.

Marc Lee, TV-Bot 2.0, 2010, screenshot

TV-Bot 2.0, Marc Lee

Since the end of the 1990s, the Swiss artist Marc Lee has been an important representative of net-based art. He is known for his experiments with digital-information and communication-technology strategies and also, increasingly, with user-generated content.

Jodi, div. [property], 2013, screenshot

div. [property], Jodi

The Website div.[property] consists of an animation in which the two standard desktop background images of the Mac Leopard and Windows XP operating systems intersect horizontally, vertically and diagonally in a constant rotation.