Flux is a browser monitoring live search engine queries conducted
by internet users around the world. By extracting information from
hidden websites, Flux renders private web enquiries into a grid of
16 modules. The browser was conceived as a web barometer, revealing
internet users different concerns, curiosities, needs and desires.
In current internet technologies, information is organised in different
interdependent layers. Flux intercepts these vertical layers by interfacing
them within a horizontal structure. This provides a filtering process
through which a huge amount of information is mediated within Flux's
'little resolution' environment. By visualising collective real time
data-streams in this way, Flux monitors the different categories of
knowledge currently sought after on the internet.
To access a second layer of information within Flux the user simply
selects one of the modules displaying a topic of interest. A web crawler
then obtains context from a search engine and displays it on every
module. By selecting a third time, the user can follow meta-data,
creating a path of related units of information.
By reassessing internet currencies in this way, Flux reflects upon
the distribution of internet information and how it may provoke interpretations
and associations when mediated in alternative ways.