Spook... is a distributed web based
artwork which explores issues of surveillance, tracking and covert activity
on the web in an interactive website based on the conventions of computer
On June 1st 1999 an unusual pattern
of hits was noticed on the Stunned ArtZine server. Stunned ArtZine a contemporary
visual art site does not normally receive a large number of hits from
military sites yet unusual activity from a military server known by the
identifier "gate1.mcbbutler.usmc.mil" was logged.
In response to this activity a
server trace was initiated using the Stunned Spook-Bot.
Spook-Bot over time tracked this military server's path through
the net, mapping and logging it's activities. Spook-Bot's
continuing activities are an important ongoing part of this project.
This project seeks to analysis
this raw data and establish a purpose for this activity. As part of this
we invite visitors to submit their theories on the purpose of this server
activity in the feedback section.
A version 4 browser is required.
There is some Flash and some Real Audio and video, these are not essential
but they add to the experience. To get the free plugins follow the links
to the left of the page
IMPORTANT - don't kill the pop-up
window it's your navigation not an ad!