from the recursive vault

Was thinking about recycling some older posts and fixated on this one from 2006, about computer artists' "make a Pollock" utilities.

Before posting I did an online search for some dead links and realized I recycled the same post six years ago (albeit sans photos, which have now been added back in).

File under: "You know you've been on the internet a long time when..."

link rot central: IMDb reviews

IMDb hasn't been quite the same since Jeff Bezos bought it. But until recently you could link to specific comments; now you can't.
I have several posts linking to comments by Ted Goranson (tedg) that are dead links.
This post, A Tale of Two Film Critics, quotes some tedg language re: one of the Michael Bay Transformers movies. The only way to find the source now is to go to the movie page [Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)] on IMDb, sort comments by "prolific reviewer," scroll down, and pray. Now there's progress!
Goranson has made a couple of attempts to archive all his reviews on his own site. The current archive has no mentions of "Transformers" prior to 2010.

link rot central: "the weak universalism," "in defense of the poor image"

When you call yourself e-Flux you have carte blanche to change URLs whenever. It's like, flux, man.
Many links on to Boris Groys' essay "The Weak Universalism" recently went dead. :(
That's because e-Flux changed the URL of the article, without a "redirect."

The old link was

The new link is

You may recall that e-Flux made a bid for art world power by trying to buy the .art domain -- it paid $185,000 to apply, and lost.
Given its level of cyber-competence we dodged the proverbial bullet in more ways than one!

Update: Also changed with no redirect was Hito Steyerl's essay, "In Defense of the Poor Image."

The old link was

The new link is

It's ironic, of course, that this cyber-failure occurred with respect to two essays about poor and weak art. As noted a few years back (the links don't work):

exhibition idea: the Poor Image ( ) vs the Weak Universal Gesture ( ) - which is paltrier?


It's never too soon to be nostalgic for, the chat-with-pics site that imploded last year, sucking years of creative work into a server farm black hole.
Searching "amazonaws" on my own site yielded a number of dump images that survived the collapse, including the one below, posted by user larsdk.
[Full sized replacement version] [Amazon-hosted original]


Viewed now, it has a "party's over" vibe, even with those mounds of unsnorted blow. "Marina staring at museumgoers" was touted as some kind of relational aesthetics (i.e., warmed-over 1970s conceptualism) but the real relational aesthetics were Marina-staring memes jumbled in with web artifacts such as IKEA furniture, Solo Jazz cups, and magenta sex toys, all projected against a white background on Plato's virtual cave wall.

Chris Ashley, Untitled, 20070706


The HTML version of this piece was originally posted here in July 2007.
The CSS (or something) is messing up the drawing, and the original drawing from Ashley's blog is no longer online, so I emailed asking if he could send me the file.
The above is a screenshot (.png) made from the .htm opened in Firefox without any blog post middleman. If you click this link you can see the version discombobulated by Word Press.

More on Ashley and the subject of making HTML drawings in an era of CSS, json, and overbearing web developers who stole publishing away from the People, man.

See also More Chris Ashley a la Bloglines for another mangling of this piece.