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The Net.Art Browser

Jeffrey Shaw

The Net.Art Browser is a means of conjoining information space with the museum space and hybridizing the interactivity of surfing the Internet with the museum tradition of wall mounted images. While painting, cinema and TV construe images inside a fixed frame, the notion of 'augmented reality' that accompanied the development of the virtual reality technologies offers the new paradigm of a mobile viewing window that reveals images that are spatially embedded in the real environment. Using this model, the Net.Art Browser's web sites, curated by Benjamin Weil, are virtually placed side by side along a white wall. A motorized large flat screen (linked to a cableless keyboard) allows the viewer to move this display window linearly (in either direction) from one Internet-connected web site to another.