look art

July 2011

Supported by National Endowment for the Arts

Built on MUSH (Multi-User Shared Hallucination) code, look art is a contemporary consideration of the Multi-User Dungeon (MUD), a pervasive late-twentieth century, text-based, online environment that was a precursor to today’s Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (such as “World of Warcraft” and “Second Life”). MUDs were influenced by early role-playing games like “Dungeons and Dragons, “relying on the user’s ability to conjure images through text – unlike today’s dependence on high-resolution graphics (which were not possible then).

Because the connection protocols are simple, the text-only space is accessible via many clients, including mobile phones. (MUSH is a pun on MUD — most often expanded as Multi-User Shared Hallucination, though Multi-User Shared Hack, Habitat, and Holodeck are also observed — a text-based online social medium to which multiple users are connected simultaneously.)


You can browse the website, but the artwork is no longer accessible.


Look Art – ZER01 Blog