Blog art

Blog art: Okay. Art is, well, you decide. UNDERSTANDING VORN is Internet art by Jonathan J. Harris. It’s been around a long time but, gee, somehow I missed it. Here’s how it works:

“Every five minutes it scours thousands of weblogs, searching for the four most recently posted pictures that begin with the letters ‘V’, ‘O’, ‘R’, ‘N’. Every five minutes, UNDERSTANDING VORN changes, filled with fresh words and pictures from the blogosphere….When picked by the program, these blog writers experience the artist’s 5 minutes of fame, their work shown in the VORN grid. Then, minutes later, their work vanishes, as a new crop is chosen…Currently, UNDERSTANDING VORN culls its data from Flickr, and from over 800,000 LiveJournal weblogs, whose authors are primarily teenagers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Russia. Take their posts for what they are: the spontaneous musings of teens given a platform to speak their minds. The posts are often silly, sometimes sad, sometimes scary, occasionally moving, but always very candid, very real.

Thanks, Kerri. Her art, I understand.

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