Chapter 1:
Internet Art
Chapter 2:
Chapter 3:
Digital Weakness
Table of Figures
James Hayes' art website

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The interactivity of the Internet allows for extremely dynamic possibilities when it comes to literature. Writers can give free reign to diverging trains of thought, and design a website that allows the viewer to choose their own path through the content. As the writer creates more content, the website can be updated so that multiple visits to the same website will produce different result or stories. The Internet also allows for even more variation of the relation between text and images than would be possible in a traditional print media, as the relations may change depending on the path chosen by the viewer.

The fourth website, blindspot by Darcey Steinke21 (see Figure 7) takes a fictional narrative approach to creating an art practice online. This work focuses on a woman's private terrors within the confines of her apartment. The website itself is launched into a smaller than screen size window, which forces the images and text into claustrophobic confines of smaller frames. Links within the text open up sub-thought or sub-narrative frames with their own sets of text and accompanying images. Animated images of TV static or nervously wiggling bees enhance the caged atmosphere of the story. The interactivity of the Internet allows for this multiple-endings and asides type approach to literature, freeing Steinke from a purely linear approach to narrative.

Figure 7 Darcey Steinke's blindspot website,, December 2001

by James Hayes
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