The group LAN was born in 2001 at the Department
of New Media (http://www.snm-hgkz.ch) at the University of Art
and Design Zürich, Switzerland. Students, designers, artists
and media workers operate under this name, creating network-oriented
interactive projects and addressing crucial and problematic issues
in the communication processes through computer networks.
« The artistic mode of production is
important to us. It enables us to develop applications and tools
by using free software modules and scripts and then publicize
our products as such for the use of others».
Recently awarded in the "Software art"
section of the Berlin festival Transmediale, Tracenoizer
is a project that focuses in a very original way on the status
of the information dispersed in the Web: the 'data-bodies' about
facts or persons that are processed and mirrored again and again
by the same social and technical mechanisms of the World Wide
« For us, software art is opposed to the notion of software
as a tool» - say Florian Cramer and Ulrike Gabriel, jurors
for the "Software art" section at the 2001 edition of
Transmediale - « Not because we would want to differentiate
some kind of high art from some kind of low craftsmanship of programming.
Instead, software art has the potential to make us aware that
digital code is not harmless, that it is not restricted to simulations
of other tools, and that is itself a ground for creative practice».