The Nexus Browser
Tim Berners-Lee made the first website, and the first web browser, on a NeXT Cube running the now obsolete NeXTSTEP Operating System. As a result, very few people have seen the first website in its true environment.The first web browser, called WorldWideWeb and later renamed Nexus, was a browser-editor. It could be used to create pages as well as browse them. Not only that, it allowed user-centric and document-centric browsing.Usually technology dates very quickly but though twenty-five years old, the NeXT computer and its operating system have aged well. In fact, the GUI looks very similar to modern desktops. In particular, the dock on the right hand side looks very familiar and this is not a coincidence. When Steve Jobs left Apple and set-up NeXT, he took a few key employees with him, one of whom was Susan Kare, who designed the Apple Macintosh GUI. When Apple bought NeXT, one of the key assets they bought was the NeXTStep O/S, which formed the basis of Mac OS X.
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Animal New York talk to artist Rhett Jones about his latest project which combines New Wave and social media, ‘The Villains’ - a pseudo-remake of Jean-Luc Godard's “La Chinoise” (itself a pseudo-remake of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Possessed). In this case, the film takes the group of young revolutionaries idea but changes Mao with Marshall McLuhan, and when watched online, is collaged with other algorithmically-selected videos:
Brooklyn-based artist Rhett Jones talks about his feature film The Villains inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise, Marshall McLuhan and the proliferation of DIY new media. He also premieres the project’s next stage as a Search Engine Generated Artwork that supplements unique sequences of found footage through out the film, each time you watch it online.
"The Villains is theft. At least, that’s what many would say. It’s a film that pastes together a mass of culture and takes its cue from the ways we circulate media, without regard for attribution. I wanted to make a film with characters that were like the people I knew, and to address the political changes occurring due to the ongoing proliferation of DIY media and tech.”
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