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Rudolf Frieling, Dieter Daniels
Media Art Net, Survey of Media Art
This text is an experiment of integration of two media which, until now, have been treated as separate and often alternative: the printed press and the web sites. To build this ambitious project, the two authors have put together a wealth of material on media art with the help of experts like Inke Arns and Oliver Grau. One of the most interesting aspects of this work is its user interface: the user can interact with the scanned texts through a set of icons drawn on the text, which point at other pages containing biographies, additional texts, original documents, external links and codes to access all the links of a section. Another icon is used to view the cross references in a text. The results of this work are remarkable, because it offers an experience where the user can read and explore a subject in a culturally coherent way and because it implements the same structural principles of interdisciplinarity, critique and aesthetics described in the best essays. The data and their connections, instead of remaining hidden in their respective devices, are dinamically intertwined in a structure which could become a very good standard for the printed works whose intrinsic value stems from their being a node in a greater network.