banner.art

November 11th, 2002

The Banner Art Collective creates, collects,
and distributes net.art and poetry within the limitations and context of web
advertisements.

Banner art also forces viewers into a position of enpowerment; as they discover
banner art, they will become aware of the both the pervasion and possibilities
of advertising space on the web, experience new art in new contexts, and be
granted a sort of patron status, as they can host on their own websites work
they find compelling.

I’m hoping to rotate a few on my site in the future. The first is from Ana
Maria Uribe–a visual poet and web artist born and living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In 1997 she started a series of Anipoems, or Web based animated visual poems,
where she picked up some of the ideas of her Typoems or typographic poetry,
which had been typed many years earlier with the Lettera 22.

“Zoo” is one of my Anipoems or animated visual poems. Anipoems are not interactive
or generative, nor do they make use of scripting. “Zoo” is exceptional in the fact
that, to comply with international web banner standards, I included buttons to start
and stop the action. So it is my first – however little – interactive Anipoem.

due.art

November 11th, 2002

I’ve been working on the following:

PAST DUE

Jim Munroewas managing editor at Adbusters
before writing the novels Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask and Angry
Young Spaceman
, and runs the indie book resource site nomediakings.org
from his home in Toronto. His new book about the year 2036, Everyone In Silico,
contained so many mentions of corporate brands that he decided to invoice them
for product placement. When they failed to respond, he wrote pointed and amusing
Past Due letters.

SPECIAL GUESTS:

Todd Dills was reared in Rock Hill, South Carolina, after which point things
become a little unclear. Suffice it to say that he is at present residing in Chicago,
IL, where he writes and edits THE2NDHAND,
a broadside and electronic home to stories told by humans under the mantra: literate
apes unite! He will be reading, with all the campfire bluster he can muster, from
a shiny new collection called For Weeks Above the Umbrella.

Joe Meno is a lucky man living an outer space dream. His novels are Tender
as Hellfire
and How the Hula Girl Sings. His work has been broadcast
on National Public Radio and serialized on playboy.com.
He is a three-time winner of the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association
award, one gold prize for Best Traditional Fiction, one silver for Best Experimental
Fiction. He will be reading from his books without ukulele accompaniment.

NEPA native Doug Smith will accompany Larry
Semon’s
1920 comedy short The
Grocery Clerk
with solo acoustic bass. Doug has made a full-time living
as a musician for over 30 years, playing Dixieland, Big Band, Jazz, and ?Society
Music.? His main field of interest is totally improvised solo and group interactive
music.


Press Releases, Press Packets, Press Passes, Pressed Pants, Pressed for time….
I’ve been keeping busy at any rate. I want this thing to go well.

Why?

You know, I don’t really know. Maybe I’m like my mother, I’ve got to be busy
all the time–though God knows I’d love a real vacation. I always seem to be
taking days off to prepare for a show or recover (I think I’m taking half a day
after this one!).

I really keep doing it though, so I can’t complain. So many people say
(not just here in NEPA–but everywhere you go) “there’s nothing to do” “this is
so boring” “I wish someone would do [XXXX]”.

Well, I’m doing it. And so can you. And that’s Jim’s point.

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