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Blur - 2002 ~ 04
 
Blur

Your trace makes me.

Description

40x40 grid on entrance of my homepage. Visitors had to click one of the squares, and then the color of the square would change. The traces of visitors would make an abstract picture. Sometimes, a visitor would draw his own picture on the frame, for example, Munch’s ‘Scream’.

Keywords

Participation, Programming, Internet, Collecting

Examples

Blur      Blur

Content

I have started several projects in which audiences or random people spontaneously participated within the projects’ frame. Through their participation and enjoyment, they experienced interaction between the art and themselves and produced their own results. Sometimes participants felt an unconventional sense because unusual behaviors were needed for engagement.

From August 2002 to December 2004, I put on the entrance of my homepage a 40 by 40 grid, a small web-based program using HTML, CSS and MySQL, which was named Blur. The Blur started with a black grid; however, visitors had to click one of the squares, and then the color of the square changed in order.

The visitors’ traces made abstract pictures at every moment. Sometimes, another visitor would draw his own picture on the frame, for example, Munch’s Scream by clicking squares again and again. The visitor could draw it because he saw through the rules of the changing colors. Moreover, some visitors engraved his own character by hacking this program. In each case, anonymous people enjoyed themselves within the frame I made and could show his own work to the other people.