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Window
Featured by Alessandro Ludovico. The concept of 'window' applied to the desktop metaphor is that of showing a content that has been 'opened'. So the window represents a different point of view (internal in this case), of the selected object, and the revelead and arranged vision of its content. Window is a freeware for Windows that plays with the ambivalence of its name: a reference to both [read more]
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PawSense
Featured by Christophe Bruno. The software utility " Pawsense " protects us from the irruption of nonsense. It is an avatar of the well-known " infinite monkey theorem " by the mathematician Emile Borel, where " dactylographic monkeys " are supposed to type the entire work of Shakespeare (see also the " Monkey Shakespeare Simulator "). [read more]
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brainfuck
Featured by Christophe Bruno. "Dip the apple in the brew/Let the sleeping death seep through" There is confusion in the digital world about 0 and 1. On one hand, you have the well-known bits introduced by Claude Shannon that serve as units for storing information. But before information is being stored in the form of an array of zeros and ones, there is an ACT, the one which makes the machine [read more]
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Whitespace
Featured by Alessandro Ludovico. Building a programming language is an exquisite linguistic work (not considering the technical aspects). A work like this implies the necessity of open views and enough abstraction attitudes to efficiently describing the processes (the reality) with the implemented structures (the words), and their rules (the grammar). [read more]
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f0rwardpunk
Featured by Inke Arns. Exactly five years ago, on June 19, 1999, the mail server of the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig (HGB), Germany, crashed, due to the unexpected malfunction of a project by one of the academy's students' net projects. f0rwardpunk by Francis Hunger [1] (*1976), such was the title of the wrongdoer, was a non-interactive e-mail based net art project. [read more]
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Acme::EyeDrops
Featured by Amy Alexander. There have been numerous examples in media art and online culture of visual media (images, movies, video games) converted to ASCII art. There's something satisfying about seeing glossy, high resolution imagery from Quake to Deep Throat displayed as blocky text - it reassures us in an amusing way that despite the high visibility of mainstream media, their beauty is [read more]
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Anti-Capitalist Operating System
Featured by Jacob Lillemose. The mode of operation of Anti-capitalist Operating System v2.0 is both simple and transparent: It takes the overall design from Windows 98 and turns it into an interface for a website based platform with links to anti-capitalist activities. By way of symbolic parody and conceptual subversion it shows how operating systems, the master brain and puppet master of all [read more]
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GoogleSynth
Featured by Alessandro Ludovico. GoogleSynth is a software which generates a synthetic image using data from two other images taken from the Google Image Search engine. The author adapted a piece of code used for texture synthesis which uses the texture of an image and tries to reproduce another one with it, and automated its process of data acquisition to use images taken from the Net. [read more]
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The Jargon File
Featured by Anne Laforet. The Jargon File is a lexicon of hacker slang, created and maintained by hackers themselves since 1975. A compilation of terms used by the many hacker (sub)cultures, it also includes additional chapters to contextualize them, analyzing the way expressions are constructed, played with and subverted, through verb repetition, anthropomorphization, word puns, etc. [read more]
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rand()%
Featured by Alessandro Ludovico. The 'sound machine' myth of the box which can produce never-ending music, originated in the ancient world, but it periodically resurfaced during human history as a wonderful object which can play ecstatic sounds. In the last thirty years, thanks also to sci-fi suggestions and Very Large Scale Integration microchips, this object changed its status from legend to [read more]
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BumpList: an email community for the determined
Featured by Hans Bernhard [Ubermorgen & Etoyholding]. BumpList.net - officially launched on june 1st, 2003 - comes along in a very understaty-way; and boom! the web-site impresses with extremely good cody-fucky-arty-asciiy-net design and an impressive mix of media&showcases, subscriber-dynamics [subscribes 73857|bumped 73853|re-subscribes 70648] and mucho blah-blah on communications culture, [read more]
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Movie Mincer
Featured by Hans Bernhard [Ubermorgen & Etoyholding]. the movie mincer is a classical meat mincer connected to a laptop. if you turn the handle of the mincer a movie starts to play on the laptop. dot. now. melting historical soviet hardware with digital technology creates a strange situation. although we are all constantly confronted by mechanic, digital and organic interfacing, this brilliant [read more]
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Elvis Detector
Featured by Søren Pold. Has Elvis left the building? Is the King still alive? If you think these questions are important this rather old (1992), but still rocking, piece of software art may prove itself handy. The King works in mysterious ways and there are many imitators around, but the Elvis Detector "promises to sense the presence of Elvis or his spirit" and "includes some of the most [read more]
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Notepad Minus
Featured by Hans Bernhard [Ubermorgen & Etoyholding]. notepad minus [notepad-] is honest software "art" for the people. it is the historical standard text editor called notepad, just with even less functions than the original one shipped with microsoft windows. so this piece is straight code for the mass, for the consumer, even for the recipient. [read more]
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MindGuard
Featured by Amy Alexander. MindGuard is software that purports to help the paranoid avoid the evil mind control signals that bombard us every day. It's structured like an anti-virus software program, but the perils it scans for are mind-jamming signals with names like "CIA Russel" and "UN Belgian subset." [read more]
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