two network-based multimedia installations:
3 seconds in the memory of the internet
Maciej Wisniewski's exhibition - his second at
Postmasters - will open on January 12 and will be on view until February
9, 2002. The show will present two network-based multimedia installations,
both projecting live data from the Internet and using the netomat software
created by Wisniewski and further developed by netomat, inc. Wisniewski
is an artist and programmer whose work focuses on the underlying creative
and social implications of the Internet, networks, and technology in general.
Wisniewski's deep understanding of networks enables him to explore the
Internet as a new entity different from any previous carriers of information/communication/expression.
Attempts to visualize or comprehend the Internet via familiar metaphors
(pages, 3D space, linear progression, etc.) are limiting representations
of such a complex new medium. Wisniewski shows that there are other ways
to access, interact with, and understand the information on the network.
With netomat Wisniewski built his own interface to the Internet. The original
netomat --- which was launched at Postmasters in June 1999 --- revealed
that multimedia information existing on the web could be searched directly,
freed from its original html page format and structured and displayed
however the viewer chooses to see it. In the subsequent "Data Dynamics"
exhibition at the Whitney Museum in 2001 the netomat installation extended
this idea and made the Internet a large, public, theatrical experience
where two people could conduct a live dialog using the material existing
on the network (images, animations, sounds, text etc.). In January 2001
Maciej partnered with some of the most innovative minds from the worlds
of art, gaming, finance, and entertainment to expand netomat into a powerful
communication technology for everyone. Based in New York, netomat inc.
is developing a series of next generation multimedia communication software
for enterprises and consumers. netomat will change the way everybody communicates
on the Internet. The two projects presented in the current exhibition
explore the Internet by searching the memory and probing the subconscious
of the network. Reversing the standard view of the Internet as a reflection
of the world, Wisniewski challenges the viewer to see what the Internet
projects onto the world.
3 seconds in the memory of the internet, 2002
Maciej Wisniewski (MAH-CHEE VIS-NYEF-SKI) was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1959. He studied toward a Ph.D. program at the Institute for General Linguistics and Computational Linguistics at University of Stockholm, Sweden. He holds an MFA from Hunter College in New York. In addition to The Whitney Museum and SFAI, "netomat" and his other projects "metaView," "Inter-Sections" (1995), "Fetch-a-Sketch," "Tele-Touch," "Jackpot" (1997), "ScanLink" (1998), "Turnstile" I and II (1998) have been featured in online and offline exhibitions at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Johannesburg Biennale, South Africa; and 'ada' web. Wisniewski is Founder and Chief Scientist of netomat, inc.
Contributing to the production of "3 seconds in the memory of the Internet" were Steve Cannon, Thomas Escobar, and Christian Wenger of netomat, inc.