PRINT March 2001

“Data Dynamics”

CHRISTIANE PAUL: In the past five years, visual models for the mapping of data flow have become one of the central narratives in Net art. “Data Dynamics” focuses on those models, which offer navigational possibilities for experiencing information, a form of “dynamic mapping,” where the map is continuously reconfigured before the viewer's eyes.

SAUL ANTON: The notion of dynamic mapping is a bit abstract. Are we talking about the packaging of information and the way it's delivered through interfaces like browsers, e-mails, or videos?

PAUL: Information can be infinitely recycled and reproduced, and it can breed new ideas through recombination. Data are intrinsically virtual and exist as processes that aren't necessarily visible. The search for visual models that allow for dynamic mapping is inextricably connected to the attempt to visualize the nonlocality of cyberspace. Although video also

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