was well poised to ride the early waves of graphical change on the internet.
The site set itself up in grey space in 1994 and witnessed the monthly onslaught
of new tools enabling new ways to communicate and design.
Here are the first screens from TheCooker
as they appeared way back when... annotated.
programmed using Mosaic 0.1 beta / SimpleText
Emerging from the pioneer space of dark screens and flickering green text
came the first graphical interface to link the expanding interconnecting
network (Inter-net) of computers. This early Mosaic "browser" gave limited
control over text and its positioning on the screen. Images could not
be used. However it was a universal browser that could present the viewer
with the same experience worldwide !
(this is not entirely true as this Curatour points out).
programmed using Netscape 0.9 beta / SimpleText
By late 1994 images could be incorporated into web site screens. At this
time I realised what I had stumbled on. A truely new medium of mass communication
that could be used for artistic ends. No-one I knew in Britain had heard
of it. I have always utilised "highstreet" technologies to make art. The
internet is not a "high-tech" standalone piece of hardware in a gallery,
it exisits in peoples homes and is a public space in its own right. This
makes it unique.
- later programmed using Netscape 1.0N / SimpleText
The internet lets you be nostalgic about an instant that occured only
a few years ago. I still remember the first time I saw a background image
on a web site and a background colour other than medium grey. The hundreds
of advancements that have occured since then haven't struck me so deeply,
except perhaps the ability to specify specific type faces.
programmed using Netscape 2.0 / BBEdit
The very strange "frames" facility came into being and the much more useful
"tables" which allows the designer to control where images and text appear
on the screen.
programmed using Netscape 3.0 / Internet Explorer
3.0 / BBEdit
The current screen (1997) features the first Internet Explorer "only"
feature which is a background looped sound. This will not be heard when
using Netscape 3.0.
Netscape 4.0 / Internet Explorer 4.0 / BBEdit 4.0
Java Applets for random and time based qualities. Further use of sound
files and tests using Netscape 4.0s "layers" technology.