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artists' books; appropriation; World Wide Web; Internet


1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations "Abstract Browsing is a project that consists of both software and physical objects. The browser plugin is a free software that anyone can install. When you turn it on, you can surf the web but all web content is reduced to colored rectangles. It shows you the skeleton of the web. It's like seeing an X-ray of a building, showing the structural elements. Web pages are built of many smaller elements, information is organized and categorized. Text, images, tables, things we use every day but are not aware of. I'm interested how our eyes move across the screen, how websites adapt, learn from your behavior, and change over time. Optimized to grab your attention, to never get boring, to tempt you to click and click and never leave. Websites are constantly maximizing their efficiency, separate from aesthetic concerns. Websites learn from users by trial and error. Technology asks new questions about composition. I'm looking for unusual compositions. Anti-compositions, unhuman compositions, compositions that humans would not have created on their own." Gift of Paul Soulellis, RISD Faculty.

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New York City : Paul Soulellis, Library of the Printed Web, 2016.


©New York City : Paul Soulellis, Library of the Printed Web, 2016.

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software; copy paper


28 cm

Abstract Browsing



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