webmutant [1.0]

From Rhizome Artbase
Miguel Leal
2003
Description

Webmutant is an application which generates mutant binaries capable of surviving autonomously while infiltrated within a users computer, thus bringing together aesthetics and biology through the contingent condition which is inherent to both. The choice of a project which implies voluntary intrusion in a catatonic space (represented by an internet terminal), was deliberately taken by opposition to the totalitarian demands of a so called interactive technology. After downloading and configuring, this graphic cataloguer intercepts the users communications to then use the virtual geographical data of the visited places as coordinates for it's own growth. In this sense, the solid crystals created by this application are a sort of individual cartography of the Web (or of a group, whenever the terminals are use by various people), reiterating the illusion of an all powerful and singular navigation of the internet

Miguel Leal
6 February 2003
Legacy descriptive tags
Miguel Leal, Virose, Luis Sarmento, Links 01, www.virose.pt, Portugal, Porto, Musum of Contemporary Art of Serralves
Attribution: Miguel Leal
information map, Generative, Conceptual, Collaborative, network, Internet, digital, bio, artificial life, download, Visual, software
Attribution: Rhizome staff
Metadata
Variant History
outside link
2003
open submission
6 February 2003
Miguel Leal