Netscapes is an automated application which uses live feeds from networked webcams to create combined and imagined landscape compositions, networked landscapes. The application does this by employing a technique called web scraping where data is retrieved from websites and presented elsewhere.
Netscapes is a landscape work in the tradition of classical western landscape art. Similarly it depicts landscapes that are idealised, displaying the most aesthetically pleasing. However the edit, composition and display of the Netscapes is in constant flux. Just as we see the method of rendering a landscape in traditional landscape art, the brush stroke or perhaps mark of the drawing implement, in Netscapes we are constantly reminded of the lens as we see drops of water or dirt obscuring the view and forcing the camera out of focus, lens flare from the sun or the pitch black of night that the webcam cannot penetrate.
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How was MAX used?
The work uses a combination of Max, MSP, Jitter and Java.