Adrianne Wortzel


Electronic Reviews


Point Survey

The Electronic Chronicles, by Adrianne Wortzel

This futuristic spoof from "The Casaba Melon Institute," in collaboration with "Dr. Eleanor Musing and her team of cognicians," presents The Electronic Chronicles, news of the past from an undisclosed point in the future. Welcome to a world where electro nic technology is replacing the "communicative invention called language" and where The Newsetta Stone, found at the Twin Lions Excavation site (discovered in 5486 Lapsumatera), reveals a civilization obsessed by microwaves and point & shoot cameras. The Institute's final analysis of the late 20th Century:

"Thinking in a linear way about their development put great pressure upon them to record it under the auspices of a progression." Extremely witty, often obscure, this is a cynic's dream come true.


Hyperizons: Original Hypertext Fiction

Wortzel, Adrianne, The Electronic Chronicles. (in progress)

Not exactly a narrative(s), but rather a fictional future milieu in which The Casaba Melon Institute unearths a collection of electronic documents and artifacts "encrypted by The Blue Planet Wizards" long ago to document their civilization. The technique of collecting fictional documents and chunks of narrative may remind some readers/viewers of Ursula K. LeGuin's Always Coming Home, although in other respects the two works are not at all alike. The premise allows Wortzel to satirize almost anything she chooses of our era, which she does in ways that are surprising, idiosyncratic, sometimes obscure, entertaining, and always visually inventive. Dense with images, so be patient. (9/27/95)


New York The Web site for the exhibit Mutant Materials in Design opening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York is up and running. It was done by my buddy Adrianne Wortzel, is very beautiful (very MoMA), extemely heavy on graphics but worth the wait and uses all the Netscape enhancements. This is what a museum web site can look like. Now, we're off to dine with the grownups at MoMA... ROBBIN MURPHY, ArtNetBBSArtNetWEB 426 Broome Street, NYC 10013


March 11, 1996/Volume 01, Issue 05


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York has an outstanding web site. As befits an institution with a highly original building (the Frank Lloyd Wright spiral), the site is itself visually distinctive. Museum details are arranged in six categories: gen eral information, exhibitions, public programs, membership, museum history, and museum store. The exhibitions section is truly remarkable. Three online exhibits are currently available: Abstraction in the Twentieth Century: Total Risk, Freedom, Discipline ; Claes Oldenburg: An Anthology; and Georg Baselitz. "Total Risk" has amazing depth for a web exhibit. It features lucid text, innovative use of Netscape 2.0 and related applications, and examples of art from Kandinsky, Malevich, de Kooning, Klein, and ot hers. Abstract art depicted through music, theater, architecture, poetry, film, and dance is also considered. The exhibit is presented in part as a commentary on the museum itself. "This exhibition which progresses upward along the spiral ramp and into th e Tower galleries," states the text, " particularly appropriate given [the Guggenheim's] history. Inaugurated as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting in 1939, the institution exhibited the work of the great pioneers of abstraction." This site is wort h a visit even if you have to struggle with a slow modem. Guggenheim: Exhibits


Fan Mail

Date: Thu, 18 Apr 1996 19:27:13 -0500
From: Tango
Beautiful, cyberspace as an art form...


From: Joćo E.F. Castel-Branco


To: "''"

Subject: Applause

Date: Sun, 7 Apr 1996 04:17:55 +-200

It is obvious that you have not find the cure for penicillin. Yet, your pages are worth well waiting the time of downloading.



Date: Sun, 10 Mar 1996 01:33:37 -0500 (EST)
From: Fred Cummins
Subject: Fanmail

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because I'm a fan



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I just saw your work at the Electronic Chronicles. I just wanted to tell you that you are a glorious madwoman. I love your stuff. Really.


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Subject: Intima
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Intelligent Agent, vol. 1, #5

September 1996
Burning Down the House, The Challenges of Building Interactive Narratives, inclusion

#5 Artist Magazine
The Electronic Chronicles, p. 211

March 96
Digital Salon - Review,p.98
Mark Dery

March 6, 96
Christian Science Monitor
Experimental Artists
Christopher Reardon

Winter '95-6
musEleanor Speaks
pp. 14-17
Mark Jones

Nov. 15-22, '96
Time Out,
p. 93
Byte Me: Pixel This
Tom amkljan

Jan. 11-17, '95
New York Press Surf's Up On Cyber Sea John Strausbaugh
Dec. 20, '92
The New York Times
Helen A. Harrison
September '83
ARTS Magazine
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