Winners of the “Art of the Narrative” Commission
– Ramesh Srinivasan: “Village Voice”
– Tamar Schori: “Beadgee”
Impakt Online is proud to announce the the two winners of the latest net.art theme, “Art of the Narrative”. This theme was chosen to reflect on the new ways in which the internet can be used to tell stories, use language and change perceptions. These projects will be launched on the Impakt website April 1.
Ramesh Srinivasan’s “Village Voice” is an online video database filled with stories from the Somali refugee community of Boston, Massachusetts. The stories can be accessed by various themes, including government & legality, beliefs & religion, cultural adaptation and traditional customs. Far from being an ethnographical survey, “Village Voice” allows these Somalis to speak for themselves, in their own language, about their transition into a new society.
Tamar Schori’s “Beadgee” is a whimsical project taking its inspiration from a series of drawings made by Alexander Calder for a collection of 19th Century nursery rhymes entitled “Three Young Rats and other ryhmes”. Schori has created a new library of drawings, which can be exploded and rearranged by the user. Rearranging the drawings also rearranges the nursery rhymes, and a strange language game ensues. Users will also have to opportunity to enter both their rearranged drawings and new words and phrases into the database for others to play with.
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