Google by Johannes P Osterhoff

After playing around with Windows and Mac OS interface elements for quite a while, the infamous interface artist Johannes P Osterhoff is now messing with Google. This time his experiment goes beyond repurposing GUI elements in order to create new images and narratives.

In his work “Google by Johannes P Osterhoff” he documents all his Google search queries between January 1 and December 31, 2011 on a website. He is probably not the first person to do that and maybe not even the first person to do that as an artistic project. But there is more to it.

1. He does not simply list the query string and links them to the result page, but he actually displays each query string in an input field that is designed after Google’s search field. To see the result one can click the search button. After all Osterhoff is an interface artist.

2. Each search field is accompanied by a Paypal donate button and by a Flattr button along with the Flattr Counter.

3. At the top of the page one sees the latest query in Google design (including Google’s logo) followed by a word cloud of the most recent search terms and a brief mission statement

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Speed Show

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Aram Barthol showed internet art in an internet café at Kottbusser Damm in Berlin. The concept is simple: Rent all computers and set the homepage on each computer to one of the featured art projects. For convenience distribute sheets with artist info and an exhibition map (most internet café have xerox machines and the workstations have numbers). Cheap wine and beer for the opening can be bought directly from the counter. As a side effect two cultures and very different urban communities is are brought together – after all this is not St. Oberholz where the frontal lobe of the digital bohème resides in a latte machiato rich bring-your-own-laptop-environment.

The way the staff at Kottbusser Damm 103 adjusted to the new clientele was the an art experience in itself. Of course the internet art was great too. Here are some links:

Dragan Espenschied / Education of the Noobz

Tobias Leingruber / Webmarker

Johannes P Osterhoff / Fakebook
Constant Dullart / Nervous News

Drop Shadow Talks: Dragan Espenschied

Den dritten Talk in Johannes P Osterhoffs großartiger Reihe “Drop Shadow Talks” bestritt Dragan Espenschied. Der Vortrag war eine Würdigung des Amateur-Webdesigns, das heute von Facebook & Co bedroht wird. War die gute alte Homepage noch gebastelte Selbstverwirklichung, drohen die Benutzer der aktuellen Community Seiten zu Klickvieh und Inhaltsbeschaffern degradiert zu werden. Die kulturelle Ursuppe des Internets hat einen schwarzen Seitenhintergrund, gerne mit blinkenden Sternen. Espenschied lässt keinen Zweifel daran, dass er das anarchistische Do-It-Yourself-Web nicht nur wegen seines unbedarften experimentellen Designs schätzt, sondern auch für wiederstandsfähiger gegen diverse Kontrollgelüste hält.
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