Arts  •  May 17, 2001

NETABSTRACTION

By Dyske Suematsu

[Since Shockwave is no longer supported by Adobe, these applications no longer work. This is just an archived of the work.]

NETABSTRACTION is an attempt at abstracting the dynamic content of the Web in real time. These Shockwave programs will surf the web on their own in order to create continuous random collages out of the texts and the images that they find along the way. Enter any URLs to start. They will randomly pick one, download the page, extract any links in it, add them to a list of URLs, and then randomly pick one from there again. This process goes on forever until either you stop it or it reaches a dead-end.