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AUGR

Mark Triant

AUGR is a hive-publishing space for the communal generation, organization, and navigation of freely associated atomic media materials via ever-expanding nonlinear tree structures, facilitating smooth, aimless movement through a shifting and easily malleable terrain and dehabituating the anxious, repressed internet inhabitant from the tensions of normativity and ego.

http://augr.org



AUGR proposes a new model for publishing and navigating web content, eschewing entrenched patterns of authorial voice, linear structure, archival stability, and directed purpose in favor of collective anonymity, parallelization, fluid modification, and explosive undirected growth. Anonymous users post atomic units of content - a single block of text, an audio clip, an image, a Flash instance, etc. - which are represented as nodes in a tree structure. Each node inhabits a unique URL which displays the associated unit of content along with up to eight child nodes, arranged around the central unit of content as a mandala of thumbnail previews. These nodes can be nested indefinitely and navigated fluidly using a keyboard (and in the future, a touchscreen) interface, and users can add to or replace a given node’s children with a similarly low-friction keyboard interface.

There is no login system: users are anonymous and have full editing privileges over all AUGR content, though they cannot delete nodes per se, but only replace a node’s children with new ones. Should a node’s child be replaced, it retains its URL but is no longer accessible through its former parent. Similarly, existing nodes can be attached as children to others, creating new links within the existing network.

AUGR is designed to channel meandering navigation and open-ended modification: no purpose is imposed on the user, though parent-child associations, presented as simple mandalas, are assumed to be associatively linked, whether intentionally or otherwise. By facilitating smooth, aimless movement through a shifting and easily malleable terrain, AUGR helps dehabituate the anxious, repressed internet inhabitant from the tensions of normativity while presenting an image of the collective mind in microcosm and serving as a scaffold for the flourishing of free creative issuance.