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Making Art with Amazon aStore

I am an internet artist. I used to be a poet. For a long time the only thing that mattered to me was being a poet. Ever since my first aol account, however, I started messing around with art on the internet.

It is an exciting and-- I think in hindsight we'll say-- brutal time to be an internet artist. The tools out there for making art (i.e. anything that allows one to put stuff on the internet) are remarkably unfocused on creating art. I think that's fine, since art-making is not the primary purpose of Flickr. That doesn't mean people don't make art w/ Flickr. Of course they do. (I don't mean "publish" art, I mean "make" art.)

Anyway, I like making art using tools that people don't think you're supposed to use to make art. Amazon aStore is a great example. They keep adding new features and making this thing better, and I keep using these new e-commerce features to make art.

One new feature is custom category pages. It allows you to display a custom set of products under a category ("electronics", for instance) and put in some custom text to introduce the products.

This way, I can display only baby products that have the keyword "boys" and tell people "I've only had boy babies.".

Or, under automotive, restrict the products to "Dodge Stratus" and let people know I'm doing it "for all ya'll middle managers out there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFXsjofFKD4"

Or, my current favorite, which is my love node to Deirdre, under the Beauty category, restricting the search to "Irish" and noting that "Deirdre is the most beautiful woman I've ever met."

Cyrano could have done no better.

Amazondxostore


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ABOUT ME

Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.

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EveryBlock: A news feed for your block.
CTA Tweet: Unofficial Twitter tracker for the Chicago Transit Authority.
CityPayments: Database of all vendors, contracts, and payments that have been posted by the municipal government of the City of Chicago
Wesley Willis Art: Site dedicated to the fact that Wesley Willis was an artist.
Wide Right Turn: An incomplete look at the role of variation in a capitalist society.

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