Online since 1997, digitalsouls.com is one of the longest continuously running online galleries and e-zines dedicated to new media art, digital culture and philosophy. Created and published by Holger ‘H-Ray’ Heine, the site evolved from its early just HTML days in March 1997 into an internationally recognized new media art resource and online gallery.
The original idea for digitalsouls.com was to explore to what extent a website, or single webpage, could be a work of art. What would this new type of art look like? How would it be produced, distributed, and experienced? How would we know that a webpage is a work of art?
In the process, digitalsouls.com evolved into an online blog years before the word “blog” was even coined. The site evolved from hand coded html pages to one of the first CMS (content management systems), php(Reactor), followed by a reincarnation as phpNuke and then, after some flirtations with Joomla, as the current WordPress site. For more on the CMS transformations of digitalsouls.com, please take a look at the post in our php Nuke archive, Reincarnation 2014.
In recent years, the focus of digitalsouls.com has moved to the philosophical implications of the possibility of digital consciousness — ie, digital souls — and the impact of machine learning technologies on human creative practices.