Public gets the chance to colour the news

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1 September 2004, AMSTERDAM — Two expat artists have launched a website which allows the reader to modify news to their own likening, rather than accept the ideological spin they claim the mass media puts on stories.

1 September 2004

AMSTERDAM — Two expat artists have launched a website which allows the reader to modify news to their own likening, rather than accept the ideological spin they claim the mass media puts on stories.

The website Drawing of Today, or DOT for short, provides a new blank line drawing of a current news photograph every week, which readers can modify any way they want using a software programme.

The site has undergone field testing over the past few months and the gallery section already contains samples of people's contributions. The site is open to the public at large from the beginning of September.

The website is the brainchild of Israeli artists Ram Katzir and Yariv Alter-fin who live in the Netherlands. They formed Linesonline in 2002 to combine their respective specialities: line drawing and time-based interactive art.

DOT is Linesonline's first project and was developed over 18 months in conjunction with the Waag Society in Amsterdam.

"News is always coloured, be it by the ideology of the media, the perspective of the journalist or photographer or the context of the article," Katzir told Expatica News.

He said the line drawing is an "uncoloured field" in which readers of all backgrounds are given the opportunity to take part in a "democratic and creative" venture to modify the drawing as they see fit.

Click here to go to Drawing of Today (www.dot.linesonline.net)

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news, Ram Katzir, Yariv Alterfin

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