Selected Interviews >>
Her award-winning web site, The Charmed Horizon, explores the nature of
desire through a series of sequential interactive tableaux inspired by an
excerpt from The Chants of Maldoror by 19th century French writer,
interview with Kim Stringfellow
by Shel Erb
Shel Erb: How would you describe net.art?
Kim Stringfellow: I'm interested in the world wide web as a platform for
public art and discourse. I see web-based media as vital as photography
was to art at the beginning of the last century. Interactive art is
exciting because it incorporates image, text, animation, audio, video and
user interactivity into a dynamic presentation. Because the technology is
moving quickly it makes and exciting time for developers and artists. As
someone who also creates physical objects, it is refreshing for me to
create a work of art that only exists within the 'ether' of the net.
SE: How would you describe your digital narrative?
KS: My work right now is currently focused on dissecting
various regional environmental issues (Greetings from the salton Sea and
salmoncity.net) where I can create awareness of important ecological
issues, educate and promote activism. I am also interested in personal
narratives that deal with emotive issues such as human desire (The Charmed
Horizon) and the sublime (upcoming project). A lot of work out there
deals with the technology and our relationship with it. It seems that
many people are drawn to my work because of the emotional issues and
relationships I evoke with this public medium.
SE: Where do you feel the future of online internet art is going in
today's rapidly changing technological environment?
KS: It will just get better, more complex and interesting.
I hope more artists, performers, writers get involved in web. It is a
great way to self-publish.
SE: How did you first get involved with producing provocative
KS: I saw what other people were doing and it inspired me.
I saw a lot of potential for the web medium because you could create sites
as sophisticated and slick as corporate media giants if you took the time
to learn HTML with it costing little to do so (well somewhat). It is also
easier to distribute work on the web as well. Of course, you have to
constantly keep up with stuff which is exhausting.
SE: What is your stance on online museums? Do you feel that all
artists must produce artwork as a service?
KS: No, of course not. I personally want to keep my work
available to view and experience for free. Of course it helps when
cultural institutions sponsor you to create a work. I still have to earn
a living you know.
SE: Where do you think digital narratives will go in the future?
KS: Who knows I just hope I can keep up with it!