Uncreative Design

A2 – Web Derive

In Uncreative Writing, Kenneth Goldsmith tells us about the derive and detournement, situationist tactics for re-invigorating our relationship with the city and with media. You are going to do the same, but with the web.

You will go about your web-surfing normally, but you will become hyper aware of the design and context (how did you get to that page, what links did you follow, what social media service where you using?) of each page you visit. You will begin to assemble bits and pieces from each of these pages – images, snippets of text, urls, etc….

Using the collected snippets, you will create a SIMPLE map of your derive through the web. Tracking your own navigation, as well as what you choose to collect during this navigation is more important than a clever formal resolution. WHat is the simplest, most obvious way to display and share the information you have collected with your colleagues? What story does the collected information tell? Does your map reveal anything about your surfing habits, the sites you visit, the web in general? DId you take an unexpected detour on the web? Discover entire new sections, or categories of videos you have no idea existed? This assignment is about consciously navigating and tracking that navigation across the web.

For more on the dérive refer to this week’s reading or visit:
http://library.nothingness.org/articles/SI/en/display/314

examples
(nb: these do nt all respond to the article, but make interesting use of web elements to create a new composition):
Evan Roth, Internet Cache Self Portrait
Kai Franz, 1996-2009 series
Oliver Laric, Still Available
cloaque.org
Niko Princen, A Collection of Images
Yung Jake, E.m-bed.de/d

– Elisa Giardina Papa, Archiving the Revolution