I would like to encourage you all to make simple webpages that don't force viewers to splurge on expensive computer upgrades to enjoy them. It seems that web-making software is made to turn every webmaster into a salesman for top-of-the-line computer equipment, and very rarely do the special effects, the animation, the sounds, the java really add anything to a page. Remember that frames make your page inaccessible to people who use text-only browsers like lynx. Java can really slow down and confuse a computer. Animated gifs also interfere with downloading, especially if memory is tight. I make my pages by hand. HTML is much easier than it looks.
Bosch, Goya, and Grunewald apologies to the WebMuseum
Bosch: details from the Garden of Earthly Delights
Grunewald: details fromt he Issenheim Altarpiece
Goya: print from Las Caprices?, Saturn Eating his Children
I scanned in the gates of hell pictures from a reproduction of a mediaeval illuminated manuscript, I forget which.
Marxism Storming of winter palace and marginal graphics: apologies to Marx site; photos of statues in Prague: left from Zizkov monument, right from park by train station, of Czech kissing russian soldier.
Wank background is based on a photo by Scott Houston. Top photo is from a postcard of Auschwitz.
The other concentration camp photos my brother or I took of Auschwitz and Terezin.
This Page background is Durer's Melancholia. The angel would like to build something perfect but can't so just sits there brooding and soaking in angst.
Laocoon Source unknown. Ancient Roman statue now in the Vatican. It was found in pieces during the Renaissance; art historians are still not sure on which ends of the snake the head and tail goes - and hence what the statue is really about.
Bollingen is where Carl Jung built an impractical house with a tower that was a map of different parts of his psyche.
Deviance: the large wheel is a detail from a reproduction of Chumash rock pictograph in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, scanned from a postcard.
I thought copyrights were for wankers til I had the displeasure of finding a sizable portion of my site borrowed under someone else's name. As long as only a few lines are used, imitation is flattery. I would be happy to see this page become influential in web design; I like the idea of websites and even usenet posts emerging as an art form though mine have a long ways to go. I am a writer and am attached to my words. I have been seriously threatened for some of the things I have written, or for websites I have helped out in making. My writing is an extension of myself, and one that I hope will last after I am gone - a ghost on the net and in libraries. There is something profoundly disconcerting about finding free floating bits of oneself out there under other screennames. Originality is a matter of honor for me. If you like (or hate!) these pages link to them. Just don't pretend my words are your own. You are welcome to my beer but not my voice.|
Not so simple. Websites have long been informal projects; like the door to my office where I might tape up a few articles and comics that I cut out of the newspaper. Now the state, and the lawyers that live off of it, are treating webpages as printed works, as "intellectual property", and fully subject to copyright law.
It is a basic law of capitalism that more and more things are turned into commodities to buy and sell, simply because of the necessity of finding new and creative ways to earn a living, and for firms to keep up with the competition. So it was inevitable that this vast domain that has opened up out of nowhere would be turned into something marketable. And that the state would be called on to regulate it and to find what offline analogies would most appropriately work to resolve possible disputes.
Free use of the images floating around the internet then could be a rebelliious gesture, a reminder of a time when songs were sung and passed on without any concern for licensing fees. Art was the property of a culture. I would rather have confidence in the honor of my equals on the net than appeal to the state, or even recognize that I have any relationship to it.
The American legal concept of 'fair use' gives me some room to bring in quotations of text and pictures and music, for a larger collage that is its own thing: a piece about contradiction, cynicism, ambiguity, resistance and transgression. What I mean by it changes as I grow, as history moves on, and as the point of the site evolves. I mean it as crafstmanship to be proud or embarrassed about.