Starry Night was one of several alternate interfaces that Alex Galloway, Martin Wattenberg, and Mark Tribe developed for the archive of Rhizome's mailing list. Each star on the map indexed a text, and its brightness would be determined by the number of times the text was read, increasing with each page view. Like the splash project, Starry Night and other data visualization ideas for Rhizome's site aimed to harness the internet's visual potential to present information in ways unlike the text-heavy print models usually translated into online interfaces. Starry Night was never completed, but the eponymous splash page is a reminder of those efforts.
Mark Tribe: http://http://www.marktribe.net
Martin Wattenberg: http://www.mw2mw.com