Saul Anton

Data visualization, hypertext narrative, software art, alternative browsers, and games—adjunct curator of new media art Christiane Paul's Biennial roundup casts the Net wide, despite its modest (ten-work) size. Though she presents a useful overview of the dominant genres in the field, Paul's survey suffers from some of the same touristic eclecticism that plagues the broader show, even as her selections favor heuristic demonstrations of technological possibilities and a certain data formalism-two common—pitfalls for new-media art.

Some of the work in the show avoids these traps, for example, Riot, 1999 (all new-media artworks in the Biennial can be accessed through the museum's website,, a browser designed by Mark Napier, creator of the popular Riot downloads logos and brand names from across the Web and pastes them into a single window

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