This collaborative art project
has been evolving since December 1995. The idea behind this project is to create a
"hyperlinked grid of visually interlocked images". Each square on the grid is a
small image created by a participating artist. Each square is adjacent to another
artist's square in the structure, appearing on the top, right, bottom or
When creating a new image for the HyGrid, the collaborating artist will (to some degree) attempt to make their image blend or fuse visibly with the adjacent squares. When successful, this "blending" creates the illusion of a seamless string of images.
One notable characteristic of HyGrid is that the resulting structure is not a two-dimensional grid, but a hyperdimensional one. This hyperdimensionality is due to the fact that the sides of squares are locked only by references in the database. This pure-data link allows a visually confounding freedom of interlocking pieces. For example: one square can be linked to the "top" of a piece way on the "right side" of the HyGrid, but also be linked to the "left" side of a square way on the "left side" of the HyGrid, creating a bridge between the sides.
Of course, all positions on the HyGrid are essentially relative. There is no true "edge" of the structure except where there are "open" sides. That's where the artists (you?) come in...
As with all of the
collaborative art projects on SITO
you will need a
Tools and features
Here are some features collaborators might find useful.
This is a statistical report of HyGrid activity broken down in many ways.
See who has what reserved and for how long.
- VIEW IT
Jump into the HyGrid at a random location.
- DISCUSS IT
Read and post in the HyGrid discussion topic.
Detailed "help file" style information about the project and instructions for collaborators.
Jon compressed HyGrid enough that it would fit on a 3.5-inch floppy disk. What?!
HyGrid press clippings and awards. These are links to other sites, for the most part.