xtine is a new media artist and educator. Her projects motivate interactive audiences to understand virtual experiences as personal arenas for discovery and meaning-making. She is an abstract thinker, conceptual artist, collaborator, and writer.
On The Web is a second place winner in the Individual Innovation category of the Best of the Web competition at the AEJMC conference this weekend in Chicago. Since I won’t be able to be there, I made this video presentation of the project for conference attendees. If you’re still learning how to use absolute and relative positioning with CSS3, I left a description of my use of those properties to keep the tape marks in place on the landing page. On The Web was created for the Browser Poems series in 2011 with the help of a commission from Terminal.
About this project:
While reading the novel, xtine crossed out every appearance of the word, “road” in her copy of the book and replaced it with the word, “web” to investigate whether modern life and web surfing are reflected in the original road-trip manuscript. (In many cases, the work still speaks to wanderers hitchhiking on the open road or browsing the information superhighway). The visual and interactive design of the project is based on the original manuscript design style: the scroll. Each page was scanned and placed into the virtual scroll utilizing HTML5 and CSS3, enabling the user/reader to scroll through the text in a web browser. Readers can also skim the work for the word “web” to test its integration into Kerouac’s 1957 context by clicking on the last occurrence of the word on any page where it is found, or by tabbing through the scroll.
This year I am a recipient of a TERMINAL net art commission that I used to create a series of poem interpretations for the browser.
Three classic works of literature from the 20th Century (“O Captain, My Captain”, “On the Road”, and “Waiting for You at the Mystery Spot”) are remade for the browser using the language of the web (HTML5 and CSS) as the primary agent of transformation. In the translated poems, I am not interested in writing the foundational text for the poetic experience. Instead, I wanted to design a web user’s visual experience of the works. The works adhere to the confining graphic formatting rules of current web standards, and include text, hypertext, images, videos, and audio.
Send A Walker Evans is a Facebook Application that distributes a Walker Evans photograph of your choice to your Facebook friends. Facebook needs more educational tools – now is a great time to introduce or remind your friends of America during the Great Depression through the lens of Walker Evans.
The twenty images in this collection were commissioned by the US Farm Security Administration (1930s-40s) to document the American people and their landscape during the 20th Century Depression. As we are nearing an economic depression in 2009 (are we there yet?), Walker Evans’ photographs seem as newsworthy today as they were in the 1930s. Images in this collection were commissioned by the US government. You can find most of the images as very high resolution TIFF files at the Library of Congress website if you want to send prints instead of digital photos, but you’ll have to leave Facebook for such an analog experience.
xtine burrough makes participatory projects for networked publics. Her recent work recovers feminist texts through mediation and reimagines virtual crowd workers as bodies with agency.
Using social platforms, databases, search engines, blogs, and applications in combination with popular sites like Facebook, YouTube, or Mechanical Turk, she creates web communities promoting interpretation and autonomy. burrough is passionate about using digital tools to translate common experiences into personal arenas for discovery. Emergent themes in her work include culture jamming, remix, appropriation, and translation.
Burrough has written, edited, and co-edited several books including The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies (2014), Foundations of Digital Art and Design (2013), and Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design (2011). She is the editor of The Visual Communication Quarterly.
With Dr. Sabrina Starnaman, burrough is a recipient of a Humanities Texas Award (2016-2017) and funding from The Puffin Foundation West Ltd., for their exhibition The Laboring Self. She received a California Humanities Award (2015-16 with Dr. Dan Sutko); a Terminal Net Art Award, a UK Big Lottery commission developed by Cornerhouse for the Abandon Normal Devices and Looping the Loop Festivals; and she is a 13th Annual (2009) Webby Award Honoree in the Weird category. Her 2005 project, Delocator.net was positively reviewed in a wide range of media outlets including newspapers, radio, television, and film. burrough has participated in international festivals promoting digital art and culture including Abandon Normal Devices (Manchester, UK), Designs on E-Learning (Helsinki), Electrofringe (AU), Futuresonic (UK), iDMAa, ISEA (Hong Kong 2016, Albuquerque 2012, and Belfast 2009), Sonar (SP) and Prog:ME (BR).
Recent projects include The Women of El Toro, A Vigil For Some Bodies, @IKnowTheseWords, On the Web, O Browser, My Browser, and multiple iterations of the Mechanical Olympics. Her website is missconceptions.net.
xtine is an associate professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas, where she co-directs SP&CE (Social Practice and Community Engagement) Media Lab with Dr. Banner and Dr. Knight; and co-organizes LabSynthE, a laboratory for the creative investigation of synthetic and electronic poetry with Dr. Dufour. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Feminist Research Collective.