Monika Fleischmann & Wolfgang Strauss
Semantic Map, Net_Art and video projection, 2010
Archives are conventionally organized on the basis of subject-specific systems. However, because no cross-subject system exists yet for the interdisciplinary field of media art, a new method of contextualizing and visualizing content was developed for netzspannung.org, a platform for interactive art and media art education, namely the Semantic Map.
The Semantic Map is an interface that structures and visualizes all the content of netzspannung.org according to semantic criteria. It provides the user with different possibilities for “rummaging through” the platform’s databases to discover content and connections. The Semantic Map was specially developed so that the platform’s heterogeneous content could be presented in a common frame of reference. The netzspannung.org database comprises documentations of media artworks, projects from IT research, design approaches, and themes connected with media theory and aesthetics/art history.