|SITO / Synergy / Crosswire|
The idea of CROSSWIRE was to see what happens when you let artists scribble on each other's work. Each articipant would create a "seed" image, pass that on to the next articipant to work with. CROSSWIRE did this in a three-step process, creating a number of three-artist images.
Over 40 people signed-up to articipate in CROSSWIRE. Not quite that many actually participated.
Manipulated images (Stage 2)
One level into it, images manipulated by one artist.
Finished images (Stage 3)
The final images, manipulated by two or more artists.
Filenames for the images are, in most cases, maps of the image's origin. Each participant had an ID consisting of a letter and a number. They would use this ID to distinguish their influence on an image. A participant's starter image was named, simply, after their ID. For example, participant "B3" would name her starter image "B3.GIF" (or "B3.JPG" depending on what filetype they submitted). If participant C2 were to manipulate B3.GIF, he would call it B3C2.GIF when he sent it back to CROSSWIRE. That follows for finalizing and image. If A1 were to finish B3C2.GIF, he would name it B3C2A1.GIF. Thus, by reading the filename of an image, you can tell who worked on it.
It should be noted that along with images, participants would send a text description of the image to be included in a public-access index. Participants would browse the index file for ideas about what to play with and to see how the project was moving along. There is also a text index of the final images.
There were no limits to what you could do with or to an image. We let the whole thing stew for 6 weeks and here you find the results. It was originally planned for a month only, but the curator kept running out of time to finalize everything.
A0: Richard Simon RTS A1: Ed Stastny OED A2: Chris Horn PNS A3: Robyn Aase RCA A4: Zyzzy Galore *** A5: Merilynn DeCracker *** A6: Kevin Brooks *** A7: Mike Tressler MYK A8: Bob Anderson BAZ A9: Emru Townsend MBS B0: Steev Hise SMH B1: Neil Herzinger *** B2: Dennis Wilen *** B3: Patrick Tierney *** B4: Kathleen Chmelewski *** B5: Max Chandler MPC B6: David Anjo ANO B7: Craig Merriman CAM B8: Count Zero *** B9: Nimrod Kerrett ZZZ C0: Joseph Squier *** C1: Jon Schull *** C2: Robert Stephens *** C3: Gail Bamber *** C4: Paul Goggin *** C5: Simon Gibbs *** C6: Christian Breiteneder *** C7: Bart Veldhuizen VEB C8: EJ Ford *** C9: Diane Scheaffer *** D0: Tom Nawara TOM D1: Les Sattinger LES D2: Alx Ladygo SLX D3: Kerry Mitchell MIL D4: David Schanen *** D5: James Widmark WIJ D6: Bonnie Mitchell BON D7: Kerry Kivisalo KIV D8: Pat Simpson *** D9: Kevin Goldsmith KMG E0: Chris Lilley *** E1: Dan Bornstein FUZ E2: Dan Bradley ***