Well about "art": I think it is between art and science (like universities should do...). This is not an artwork itself, but a tool to. From an artists view, the computers often lack the tools to toddle about with like a brush and some paint.. The intersection of programmers and artists is often very small, so I think it is no problem (for an project that isn't an individiual artist) to choose the "engineering" way and build a tool. It's obviosly not as simple, universal and strong as a brush is. But we hope some people get used to it and use it for whatever they like..
We did some exhibitions with the predecessor software (eg. http://www.hirnsohle.de/photo.php?tag=imagespace
) It was connected with several other parts (image recognition body controllers, sensors, touchscreens etc. ) where vis / space was the basic framework.
vis / space on its own has some "readymade support", building up exhibitions of web found content just by user interaction. On a longer session, often several nice views occur where keywords and images form a more expressive combination, by random or by hidden proximities of topics. Sometimes borders vanish, as vis / space doesn't transport context information like a website do, so the delivery channels of information hides away (eg. political debates mashed up by porn, you wouldn't bother if you accidently open a porn site just by an off target google click).
thanks for any comments so far