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Leif Codices (2002/2003)

 



Leif Codices si articola in due sezioni: ‘Landscape’ e ‘Library’.
Cliccando su ‘Landscape’, lo spettatore attiva una serie di animazioni dislocate su diversi browser. Il contenuto narrativo fornisce l’anello di raccordo tra le finestre dei browsers, che mostrano diversi elementi appartenenti alla stessa animazione, oppure micro-narrazioni a se stanti che si susseguono confluendo in un’unica macro-narrazione. L’intervento dello spettatore è essenziale all’interno della narrazione: interagendo con l’opera, infatti, egli fornisce l’elemento propulsore che attiva i browser e innesca l’apertura a catena delle finestre i cui vengono visualizzate le animazioni.

Cliccando su ‘Library’, si accede a una raccolta di e-Books: Pollen Connection Point, Border Patrol, Party Turnstile, Conflict Mountain, O[c|k]tober, Road Works e Equilibrium Panel, che possono essere scaricate e visualizzate offline in un momento successivo (tranne O[c|k]tober, che costituisce un diario online di immagini tratte da siti web aggiornati quotidianamente dall’artista).

Leif Codices

Project Description


Leif Codices consists of two sections ‘Landscape’ and ‘Library’: ‘Landscape’ takes the viewer through a sequence of online-animations which employ fragmented browser display and user activation as their main formal feature.


‘Library’, is a container for a series of artist eBooks: Pollen Connection Point, Border Patrol, Party Turnstile, Conflict Mountain, O[c|k]tober, Road Works and Equilibrium Panel. With the exception of O[c|k]tober - an online diary of images collected from daily updated websites and linked to news-sites across the world - these books are available for download and off-line viewing. Their often complex structures merge abstract form and literal images in an idiosyncratic investigation into possible meanings of landscape, from the personally obscure to the politically obvious.


The eBooks are both linear and non-linear structures: the user can simply use the arrow-buttons on the keyboard to browse through the books, or discover hidden links within the pages to move through them. Pollen Connection Point, Border Patrol, Party Turnstile and Road Works also contain sub-books and parallel-books for the user to discover, whereas Conflict Mountain and Equilibrium Panel only have one image sequence. Each work employs pdf technology with javascript to create a new form of electronic book (or book in general), that can also be printed out as a picture series. Each, with the exception of O[c|k]tober, is a self contained, computer-based work of art. O[c|k]tober displays images in small individual browser-windows that provide links to the contemporary world of news information: the main source of literal imagery throughout Leif Codices.

Le narrazioni di entrambe le sezioni confluiscono in un assemblaggio di immagini astratte e concrete, in una coalescenza di figurativo e non-figurativo che vuole essere una riflessione sulle possibili, talvolte idiosincratiche, connotazioni dell’idea di paesaggio.

Leif Codices

English

Leif Codices consists of two sections ‘Landscape’ and ‘Library’:
‘Landscape’ takes the viewer through a sequence of online-animations which employ fragmented browser display and user activation as their main formal feature. The spectator’s intervention is crucial in order to trigger to opening of the browser windows where the animations are visualized.


‘Library’, is a container for a series of artist eBooks: Pollen Connection Point, Border Patrol, Party Turnstile, Conflict Mountain, O[c|k]tober, Road Works and Equilibrium Panel. With the exception of O[c|k]tober - an online diary of images collected from daily updated websites and linked to news-sites across the world - these books are available for download and off-line viewing.

Their often complex structures merge abstract form and literal images in an idiosyncratic investigation into possible meanings of landscape, from the personally obscure to the politically obvious.

Leif Codices

Production


date: 2002-2003
Software & Programming: FreeHand, Flash, Javascript, Actionscript, Html
programming of eBooks: Theodor H. Smith
other: The work was made possible through an AHRB Research Fellowship at Newcastle University.
Technical requirements:
Browsers: best viewed on Internet Explorer 5+ (of other tested browsers, only Netscape 6 works ok)
Plug-In: Flash5 Plug-in
Other: Javascript / Pop-up must be enabled
Connection: best viewed with broadband
eBook Reader: Acrobat Reader 5 only. Apart from Conflict Mountain and Equilibrium Panel, they are Macintosh only. Conflict Mountain and Equilibrium Panel can also be read in later versions of Acrobat Reader

 

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