Summary: Painting the Internet: A Different Kind of Warhol
Department of Computer Science
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
TR 2006-834-27, May 2006
Some people have argued that software is artistic. If so, what about malware?
Only occasional, small-scale attempts have been made to create art using mal-
ware. We present "art worms," worms which allow an artist to use the entire In-
ternet as a canvas. These worms could be interactive, allowing an artist to stage a
global performance, or non-interactive and automatic. Examples are given of art-
works that could result from these worms. Art worms raise a variety of questions
about the very nature of art: what constitutes art? must art be seen in order to
exist? should art be destroyed?
Two major technical aspects of art worms are communication and geolocation.
Both aspects ensure that art worms behave correctly to create an overall picture.