The web as an art medium

Almost three months ago, I had a course which got me thinking: what if the web was seen as yet another medium for artists? I’m referring specifically to artists, those who create without purpose and just for kicks to add life’s flavour, rather than designers, who have an objective or a problem they are trying to solve. This means I’m not talking about webdesign – I’m talking about Web Art.

I’m also not talking about plugins or embeddable content like Flash or 3D – I’m talking about pure HTML DOM and things which manipulate it.

This isn’t a new idea. Ever since Chrome reminded the market about the importance of script execution and rendering optimisation, there have been a lot of experiments out there. It’s probably unsurprising, then, that now is the perfect time for artists to invade and create a layer of class and “meaning” behind this eyecandy.

My feelings about stuck-up artists aside, I made a series of web toys. Two of these were appropriate for public viewing, and so here they are.


Named after its inspiration, Trauma is an experimental point and click environment. Nothing special scriptwise.


Also named after its inspiration, vector is a box that does stuff (click on it). Animation in Blender, exported as a single image of all the frames, and jQuery scrolls through it.

Note that these have not been optimised, cleaned, or browser tested in any way. It works in Firefox, but be sure to give it time to load fully as there is no preloader.

Enjoy! (or not – apparently you can’t tell people what to think with art)

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  1. Thanks very much, Petra :) They are very simplistic (both from the technical perspective as well as that from art) but I think they are quite effective as proof of concepts.

  2. No HTML 5 is used. You should be able to “move” around the environment. It’s not too good on slow connections unfortunately (these were demo’d on a localhost).

  3. Ah, that explains it (I mean the slow connection). I wasn’t getting much response and it seemed to happen very slowly. Is the demo downloadable?

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