|Creators||Thomson, J. and Craighead, A.|
Interactive gallery installation which playfully re-contextualised online news feeds from CNN’s website with a soundtrack of found music in order to comment on an online environment where 'serious' news and trivial 'infotainment' often occupy the same
space. ‘CNN Interactive just got more interactive’ aimed to investigate the balance between information and ‘info-tainment’ on the web.
It demonstrated how the authority and presence of global news corporations online could be playfully subverted by enabling the
audience to add a variety of emotively titled soundtracks to the monolithic CNN Interactive website. The project also explored
how a work could exist dually as website and gallery installation.
‘CNN interactive’ contributes to the taxonomy of new media art as a new form of contemporary art. One of the first examples in
the world of a gallery installation using live Internet data, it is also one of the first attempts in a new media art context to address
how individuals respond to and comprehend the changed nature of the news as an immediate phenomenon as relayed by
network communications systems. 'CNN interactive’ continues Craighead and Thomson’s research into how live digital
networked information can be re-purposed as artistic material within gallery installation contexts but with specific reference to
online-international news events, rather than arbitrary data sources (see e-poltergeist, output 1).
‘CNN Interactive’ was commissioned by Tate Britain for the exhibition ‘Art and Money Online’. This was the first gallery
exhibition in Tate Britain featuring work that utilised and explored new media as an artistic area, and the first work
commissioned by the Tate to operate simultaneously as an online gallery artwork. Selected reviews and citations include ‘Digital
Art’ by Christiane Paul, 2003; ‘Internet Art: The Online Clash of Culture and Commerce’ by Julian Stallabrass. (2002); ‘Thomson
& Craighead’ by Lisa Le Feuvre for Katalog Journal of Photography and Video, Denmark.
All work is developed jointly and equally between Craighead and her collaborator, Jon Thomson, (Slade).
|Web address (URL)||http://www.thomson-craighead.net/docs/cnndoc.html|