In 2001 Michelle Deignan and Simon Goodwin created Variablemedia*as a space for themselves and other artists to explore process, place and temporality.
Deignan and Goodwin co-ordinated a series of artists' web projects made specifically for the www.variablemedia.org site. Artists occupied the site's space for a period of between one month and a year. The empty web space was available for them to change, update and add to during their project's run. The site presented the artists' work in an unmediated form; all explanatory material and archives were held at the seperate www.variablemedia.info domain.
Artists who were invited to do a variablemedia project were; Richard Couzins, Richard G. Paul and John Hanson, Cliona Harmey and Denis McNulty, Slateford, John Paul Bichard, Laurie Halsey Brown, Brooke A.Knight, Pierre Larosa, Sally Morfill and Edward Dorian, Alex Schady and Hadas Kedar.
Variablemedia also organised physical exhibitons / events featuring work by artists who had residencies at www.variablemedia.org. These were intended to both present and elaborate on the on-line projects. The first of these 'VM.01' was at the Hoxton Distillery gallery in London.
* The Variablemedia title was prompted by Deignan and Goodwin's ambivalent response to hearing of the 'Variable Media Initiative' organised by the Guggenheim Museum. This project seeks to establish "medium independent behaviours in art works".