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Title: Vispo

Description: The personal website of Jim Andrews, a Canadian, and one of the big names in multimedia art. His most famous pieces are "Arteroids" and "Nio". Recently he has launched another good one, more text-based, called "On Lionel Kearns".

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Title: Dreaming Methods

Description: Originally called "Digital Fiction". This started life as the personal site of Andy Campbell (formerly known as Author X), and still serves as a showcase for his work, but is gradually building up a big library of links to other digital literature, plus a blog and an RSS feed. The doomy blackness of Andy's early work is now maturing into something much richer and deeper - it's even a touch psychedelic at times - and the visuals are never less than breathtaking.

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Title: Tony Rickaby

Description: An artist and writer whose work has an intensely silent, contemplative quality.

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Title: Low Probability of Racoons

Description: A personal site from Peter Howard, a British writer who creates hyperpoems making extensive use of Flash animation. Unpretentious and witty.

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Title: Peter Finch

Description: Peter Finch is a Welshman, a poet, an experimental writer, and the author of a useful and encouraging book entitled How to Publish Yourself.

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Title: Some Dancers and Musicians

Description: The personal website of Michael Spakowski, a British New Media artist and musician, of Polish/Russian descent, and a friend of mine. Some of my favourites are "Five Operas", "An Enemy of the People", "Jeremiad" and "Phase Patterns", but there's any amount of good stuff on here.

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Title: Sporkworld

Description: The personal website of Millie Niss, a New Media artist based in the USA. Millie suffers from all sorts of health problems but is completely un-selfpitying about them; in fact she uses them as the subject-matter for some of her most insightful pieces. Her works all have a completely unique personal slant, and are often enlivened by her quirky sense of humour.

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Title: Linkage and Contrast

Description: Personal website of Paul Hurt, combining examples of his poetry with a host of thought-provoking theories about modern poetics and web design.

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Title: Jacek J Kolasinski

Description: Jacek Kolasinski is a digital artist who works at the University of Florida. There's a fantastic collection of Quicktime videos on this site, accompanied by some very poetic texts and some excellent choices of music. Check out Lacrimas, Temptation of St Anthony, and (most especially) Drawing In and Out of the Box.

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Title: http://nznl.com/

Description: A site belonging to the artist Geert Dekkers, from the Netherlands, who posts a new drawing (or mixed-media piece, or sometimes a piece of Flash) every day. Often very witty, but also austere and disciplined. The drawings convey a powerful sense of geometry and space, sometimes complicated by Max Escher-like tricks of perspective.

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Title: Scenes of Provincial Life (vlog)

Description: This isn't exactly an individual work, but I'm listing it in that category, as well as under personal websites, because it does have real unity as a collection. Michael Szpakowski has been making short quicktime movies since 2003 and there are now nearly 100 of them - so he's setting up this vlog to collect them in one place. Unassuming and often very personal, full of humour and detail. The music is often especially striking.

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Title: Look, See

Description: Chris Ashley is a talented artist in a variety of media, and there's also quite a lot of interesting art criticism on this site, but what particularly appeals to me is the "Everybody knows this is nowhere" image-series which is on display in his weblog - abstract art made using HTML and tables. For anybody who takes an interest in web design.

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Title: http://www.shadoof.net/in/

Description: The website of John Cayley, who has been experimenting with 'machine modulated poetry' since the 1970s. Until comparatively recently most of his work could only be viewed if you had a Mac, but he's now producing Quicktime pieces of great quality and originality. I particularly like 'Overboard' and 'Wotclock'.

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Title: webyarns.com

Description: A well-designed site by Alan Bigelow, devoted to his experiments in Flash-based digital fiction. All the stories are simple to navigate and visually engaging, the writing is unpretentious and there is a welcome sense of humour in evidence. Check out "Deep Philosophical Questions" and "Pamela Small".

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