Simon Lamuniére

IT’S A FAMILIAR ENOUGH SENSATION for any casual Internet user: you’re not sure where you are, how you got there, or where you’re going. So? Loosen up, get lost. Sometimes the journey’s more enlightening than the destination, and some artist-created Websites have turned this fact of life on the Net to their advantage. At these sites, what shows up on the monitor is less a neutral communication from the other side of the screen than a glimpse of the labyrinthine beyond. The best of these cyber-mise-en-abîme experiences mirror the architecture of the Web itself—a baroque configuration of modems, servers, circuitry, and “pure information.”

Simon Lamuniére was curator for Website Projects at Documenta X.

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