Freeman › Storage in Collaborative Networked Art

Jason Freeman’s article presents ideas of networking and storage in an interesting fashion. It never occurred to me how much we really do interact with storage facilities in modern day life; many of us retrieve messages off of mobile phones or pick up  voice mails without really acknowledging what we are doing by accessing the relevant storage facility. I am also guilty of primarily associating the term ‘network’ with computers, cellular phones and general modern-day technology in much the same way that Freeman discusses.

Although it does state that Freeman’s essay is to concentrate on networked music, I feel a title such as ‘Storage In Collaborative Networked Art’ is misleading and would like to have seen a wider field of creativity taken into account. There are many collaborative creative writing and video sites online and he could have discussed sites such as where users are encouraged to contribute their visual creative skills to work to finish a comprehensive picture or where users are encouraged to add to and vote on contributions to create artworks.

However Freeman does bring some interesting musical collaborative work to light in the essay, such as the sampling of 2000 unknown human voices by computer each just sampling one note of the song Daisy Bell for the piece Bicycle Built for 2000

He also notes that networks need not involve any kind of technology and can be composed of ‘interconnected people or things’ but goes on to ponder how latency especially over technological networks could directly shape how a musical piece may form with musicians or participants needing to improvise tempo or cues to make up for the time delay.

In short an interesting piece for musicians but perhaps a little weighted towards musical and audio creativity for my liking.


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