Below is my own reconfiguration of the "MTAA simple" and "Linkoln complex" net art diagrams, a stab at representing graphically the point I was trying to make in a (somewhat rewritten) previous post. File this under art criticism (or trainspotting), not art.
You left out the "internet cloud".
scroll down to flow diagram. Art is not happening here, but she's perty anyhow.
I would save that and add funny captions, but it's Flash and I don't know how.
If you are on a PC, go to tucows.com and download a free screen grab utility like Capture Express. Or if you are on a Mac, I seem to remember shift 3 or shift F3 or just an F3 or perhaps an apple 3 or...(sigh) its been so long.
Thanks. I have a capture program (SnagIt), but haven't experimented with it enough to know if the promised "video capture" will pick up the motion in Flash animations, or how well it works.
oops, forgive me for telling you what you already knew.
I think what I need is some information-wants-to-be-free utility that busts anti-democratic Flash files wide open and sucks greedily on their "top secret" contents.
On Windows, you could try this free program. It will extract the static media contents (images, mp3s, etc..) from older (flash 5 and before) uncompressed and unprotected flash files.
Thanks for the info. I just experimented with my SnagIt video capture. It captures the chart as an .avi file. A few seconds of the arrows moving in and out is about 250KB. Disadvantages:
The capture area may not adjustable. It seems to be either full window or about a 300 X 400 box, with nothing in between. Not sure about this yet.
To reproduce the flow chart on the web I would need something that converts the .avi to a .GIF. My GIF-building program doesn't do that.
Just a few more thoughts on the Net Art thing, while I'm thinking about it.
Early Net Art was made by software writers who knew their way around the tools, hence the prevalence of flow charts, clickable steps, etc built into the art. Now, more artists are just working with the tools (image making, sound making software) and using the Net as a delivery system. This newer work is less about commenting on, reproducing or "deconstructing" the tools, or the Net itself, although those concerns do (and should) linger, since proprietary programs are controlling and kind of evil.
Early Net Art was made in a era of limited bandwidth, hence the prevalence of ASCII drawings and text in the "look" of it.
Bandwidth-hogging current Art on the Net (as opposed to Net Art) is aimed at an "elite net" of broadband users.
You can just post the .avi file if you want. FTP it exactly as you would an .mp3, and then /sync. There is no front end for your catalogue yet (like [image] or [music]) but it will go to the correct place and will be linkable (well, okay, this is untested, but we'll see.) Just make sure the file ends in .avi.
Okay, I FTP'd /flowchart.avi to the server. It's about 400KB, and I did figure out how to crop it correctly.
When I hit /sync/, the page took a long time to load and hung up. I stopped the page load and tried it again but it's not showing up on my music page.
Okay, something is FU (but hopefully not BAR) with /sync although it is working - in the sense that your video is there:
Thanks. That will be useful, hopefully there won't be any BAR.
For seeing the scripts in swf's, there is a utility called Actionscript Viewer. (the swf should be store in your cache folder) (but I have never checked...full disclosure...the testers generally do that to trip me up)
Linkoln sent me this further revised net art diagram (567KB). I think it's definitive, but then I would.