Elmwoodstrip.org: Web-enabled local community
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Elmwoodstrip.org is a blogging and social networking site based upon the Elmwood Strip community of Buffalo, NY. It was developed using Paul Visco's e:strip media publication software, which is combination of server side and client side technologies. Elmwoodstrip enables contributors to digitally share and embed their local experiences within the data structures of the site. By mediating their lives through online journaling, users are creating historical documentation of what it is like to live in and around the city of Buffalo, NY and simultaneously strengthening their sense of local community. This thesis discusses the development of an emerging form of community based, interactive art performance in which the spectator is equally as much part of the media production as they are witness to it. This medium combines hypertext, blogging, networking, chatting, mobile connectivity, archiving and collecting, collaboration, reality-based media, voyeurism and exhibitionism and generative/procedurally programmed literature to form a virgin artistic space. In the written component of the thesis I will also be discussing the history and development of the elmwoodstrip.org project in addition to art and technology related issues associated with the creation of a web-based collaborative data spaces.