Mark Tribe: Starrynight

  • ©2000, Mark Tribe, Starrynight





SIGGRAPH 2000: Art Gallery

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Web site interface


Art Site

Artist Statement:

Each time someone reads a text at, a dim star appears on a black Web page. When a text is read again, the corresponding star gets a bit brighter. Over time, the Web page comes to resemble a starry night sky, with bright stars corresponding to the most popular texts and dim stars corresponding to less-popular ones. Clicking on a star triggers a special pop-up menu. The first menu option allows you to read the text that corresponds to the star. The second menu option allows you to select a keyword associated with that text. After selecting a keyword, Starrynight draws a unique constellation of stars whose texts share that keyword. You can use these constellations to find other related texts, and in doing so, follow your interests through the vast array of ideas and information in the archive.