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“FragMental Storm 02” [2002]



This is an installation version of the software called “FragMental Storm 02,” which randomly displays images and texts from multiple sites on the Web, via a search engine, for an arbitrary keyword entered by the user. The title of this work consists of “Fragment,” “Mental,” and “Storm.” Based on the concept that data on the Web is a kind of “brain” that spreads around the world and that dispersed fragments could be collected for a keyword and cross each other like a storm, the artist unit exonemo created version 1 of this piece in 2000, followed by version 2 “FMS02.” As this work uses the ever-changing data on the Web and a random display function, you will get a different result every time even for the same keyword. This software remixes existing data, which is an automatic and dynamic representation of the spirit of making collages from the chance arrangement of items in the early 20th century, and DJ and VJ of today. While quite a few artworks depend on the expression of “content,” “FMS02” is about a “system” that dynamically manipulates existing data, demonstrating how information can be shared and how new creations can be made in this network age. The artist unit appreciates it if users utilize this software flexibly with freewheeling thinking, such as by connecting it with other devices.



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