[March 31st 2005]
5 Faves - picked by Sonja Thomsen
Granted, surfing the net for nice new stuff can
be quite time consuming - and often you come across the good stuff
by chance. We asked a number of Nordic artist to help us surf by
telling us their five favorite picks. The assignment was quite open
- it could be current hits as well as all time greatests. Here is
what the Danish artist Sonja Thomsen wrote. The local audience
will remember Sonja from e.g.. last years RADAR and we are expecting
lots more from her ... Translation: Sofie Paisley.
It's difficult to define one's favourite clicks. There are sites
I use all the time, many times a day, but as phonebooks or information
channels. There are also sites I see once or twice, that are gone
the next time you log on.
But there are also a few sites I for some reason keep returning
to. These are mostly stationary and personal sites or web projects.
They don't change their basic content and have a similar style.
When I see them together, I can tell that it is because they, each
in their way, challenge the medium (the internet) itself. A couple
of them are real net-classics, known to many I'm sure, but which
you never get tired of seeing/trying.
Buzzwords and stale phrases within web buzzwords. Sebastian
Campion deals with the language constantly developed within new
media. Here an f.a.q changed into a philosophical, humorous dialogue
between user and webmaster.
When you are on the front page then click e.g. the pages "01",
"06" or "11". Here you can see James Patterson's
special uneven and personal animations. What I like about these
animations is the same thing that fascinates me in really good illustrations.
Patterson manages to use the digital material in a personal and
playful way, which is rare.
like James Patterson, Yugo Nakamura appears in both design and art
connections. Nakamura is an engineer and like Patterson he manages
to let his abstract projects get a very Japanese (clean, sophisticated
etc.) expression, which is especially anchored in the movements
of the very simple elements.
Many have emulated him and copies of his flash codes can be downloaded
at various places. But a real Yugo Nakamura is made a couple of
years before everyone else and is even more elegant.
Clay animation from yugop.com
As digital design/programming guru, John Maeda deals with the core
of what the computer does, the specially digital without very much
around it - that is, apart from his sponsor logos. Take a deeper
look at the aplets from 1995-1998. Recently he's ventured into real
life visual art, which he, in my opinion, should have stayed away
Finally this last site. Click and lean back (it's not a virus).