Leonardo Log is a browser-based application, consisting of two components: a Hub and a Log. Upon start-up, visitors have to construct the application: first, the Exit window (which closes Leonardo Log at any time), then the Log and finally a node within the Hub.
From the Hub start six animations sequences, that transmit text to the Log. This final ‘poem’ can be sent as an eMail from the Log, and will consequently be available for further textual changes or simple archiving.
The texts refer to six existential situations. They describe the following imaginary objects, that could inspire stability or instability in fluid of statics moments: Fluidity Simulator, Mourning Carton, Pleasure Fountain, Quarrel Staff, Spurt Connection, and Think Container. The animations contain abstract and figurative images sequences – associative drawings, which occasionally move across several windows.
Visitors have to discover links; the navigation is hidden in drawing elements; each animation has a different structure, some elements have to be moved, some be clicked on, some simply looked at. Users can send the resulting log book via eMail and use it as a further reference point amidst existential confusion.
Jorn Ebner lives/works in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. His internet-based works include Leif Codices (2003), Lee Marvin Toolbox (2001), which received the Kunstpreis des Medienforums München 2001, and Life Measure Constructions (2000/01), a New Media Scotland Commission. In September 2004, the Kulturstiftung der Sparkasse Stormarn, Germany, opens Offline, On(), an exhibition of Ebner’s computer- and internet-based works; Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, will present a new body of work, Portable Landscape, in March 2005; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, organises Ebners Instability Experiment for 2005.
PHP Programming of Leonardo Log by Oliver Böhm ( http://www.head-house.de ).
Leonardo Log was enabled by an AHRB Research Fellowship. It is part of a series of works begun with Leonardo Log (Klanglandschaft) directed by Horst Konietzny and performed at iCamp Neues Theater, München, in 2002