institutional critique

seven projects in this top-level category

IOUs by Wayne Clements
IOUs continually gets the most recent user notes from 'del.icio.us/recent' page ("http://del.icio.us/recent?min=1"). This is the record of the most recent posts with a minimum of a single user posting the reference. IOUs doesn't get posts that don't have notes. Because of the popularity of del.icio.us, the ‘recent’ page is constantly changing as users make new posts: several a second at busy [...]
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Outsource me! by Leonardo Solaas
"Outsource me!" by Leonardo Solaas presents a competition within the competition of Readme 100. This ironic subversion is repeated on various levels of the project: it subverts the usual outsourcing relationships, as well as subverting the idea of the delegation of "technical" work by the "creative" artist to an “uncreative” programmer (or any "hands-on" person). [...]
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un_wiki by wayne clements
un_wiki gets quotes from Wikipedia the free encyclopedia's Deletion Log: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Log&type=delete The Deletion Log is a list of all the pages that have abused Wiki's democratic remit; it is the last stop on the way to destruction. It has small amounts of the offending texts. I use a Perl script to get them and throw away the rest. [...]
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Shmoogle by Tsila Hassine
What is Shmoogle? Shmoogle is a Google randomiser. When you type your query into Shmoogle, you get Google's results but.... in random order! This tool touches upon several crucial issues on the web such as Search Engine Optimization. Shmoogle instantly neutralizes Page rank and the whole SEO industry induced by it. Yet it addresses other fundamental issues such as retrievability vs. [...]
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The Google Adwords Happening by Christophe Bruno
April 2002: how a large scale poetry happening on Google Adwords, unveiled the Generalized Semantic Capitalism.
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Rotten Flesh by Jeff Epler
This software is a parody of freshmeat.net, a site that announces software releases. It uses the dada engine
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The Market-O-Matic (1.0) [fine arts version] by Curt Cloninger
Tired of racking your brain trying to squeeze out yet another artist's statement extolling the unique virtues of your latest net.art joint? Do you lapse into fits of involuntary muscle spasms every time you hear the word "immersive" in casual conversation? Then search no further -- The Market-O-Matic (1.0) [ [...]
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