1st Edition

Net Works Case Studies in Web Art and Design

By xtine burrough Copyright 2012
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    Net Works offers an inside look into the process of successfully developing thoughtful, innovative digital media. In many practice-based art texts and classrooms, technology is divorced from the socio-political concerns of those using it. Although there are many resources for media theorists, practice-based students sometimes find it difficult to engage with a text that fails to relate theoretical concerns to the act of creating. Net Works strives to fill that gap.

    Using websites as case studies, each chapter introduces a different style of web project--from formalist play to social activism to data visualization--and then includes the artists' or entrepreneurs' reflections on the particular challenges and outcomes of developing that web project. Scholarly introductions to each section apply a theoretical frame for the projects. A companion website offers further resources for hands-on learning.

    Combining practical skills for web authoring with critical perspectives on the web, Net Works is ideal for courses in new media design, art, communication, critical studies, media and technology, or popular digital/internet culture.

    Introduction to Net Works, Xtine Burrough; Part 1 Formalism and Conceptual Art, Edward A. Shanken; Chapter 1 ::, Michael Demers; Chapter 2 Youtube as a Subject, Constant Dullaart; Part 2 Collections and Communities, Xtine Burrough, Howard Rheingold; Chapter 3 WTF?!, Robert Nideffer; Chapter 4 SF Garden Registry, Amy Franceschini, David Lu, Myriel Milicevic; Part 3 Crowdsourcing and Part Icipation, Trebor Scholz; Chapter 5 Mechanical Olympics, Xtine Burrough; Chapter 6 Google Maps Road Trip, Peter Baldes, Marc Horowitz; Part 4 Data Visualization; Chapter 7 Superfund365, Brooke Singer; Chapter 8 Pastiche, Christian Marc Schmidt; Part 5 Error and Noise, Mark Nunes; Chapter 9 ::, Fernanda Viégas, Martin Wattenberg; Chapter 10 Tumbarumba, Ethan Ham; Part 6 Surveillance, Christian Fuchs; Chapter 11 F'Book, Lee Walton; Chapter 12 Traceblog, Eduardo Navas; Part 7 Tactical Media And Democracy; Chapter 13 The Good Life/La Buena Vida, Carlos Motta, Eva Díaz, Freckles Studio, Stamatina Gregory; Chapter 14 Oiligarchy; Part 8 Open Source, David M. Berry; Chapter 15 ::, Michael Mandiberg; Chapter 16 Add-Art, Steve Lambert; Part 9 Hacking and Remixing, Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss; Chapter 17 Pigeonblog, Beatriz da Costa; Chapter 18 Joycewalks, Conor McGarrigle; Part 10 Performance and Analog Counterparts, Ken Goldberg; Chapter 19 The Gandhi Complex, Joseph DeLappe; Chapter 20 Alerting Infrastructure!, Jonah Brucker-Cohen;


    xtine burrough is a media artist, educator, and co-author of Digital Foundations. She believes art shapes social experiences by mediating consumer culture and envisioning rebellious practices. As an educator at California State University, Fullerton, she bridges the gaps between art and design histories, theories, and practices. Her website is: www.missconceptions.net.


    'A fascinating look at net-based art and design, and a compelling read. What makes Net Works unique, and particularly useful, is the rigor and insight with which the contributors discuss their own projects. It will quickly appear on many syllabi, including my own.' - Mark Tribe, Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media Studies, Brown University 

    'The result is a lively and successful interplat that clearly relates theoretical constructs to the actual practice-based act of creating new media projects.' - Karie Hollerbach, Professor of Mass Media Studies, Southeast Missouri State University

    'Recommended. Media artist and educator burrough succeeds in creating a text to support the teaching of new media from both practical and theoretical perspectives. Although the structure of the book (short essays divided by subheadings) mirrors the typical textbook, the projects included will appeal to a wider professional audience. While new media inherently becomes outdated quickly (or, depending on one's viewpoint, new quickly), the thematic approach will be adaptable to future projects.'CHOICE, E.K. Mix, Butler University