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Leonardo Log (2004)

 



Leonardo Log è un’applicazione browser divisa in due componenti: un ‘Hub’ e un ‘Log’. Lo spettatore collabora alla costruzione dell’opera man mano che le finestra del browser si aprono sullo schermo.
La prima finestra ad aprirsi è ‘Hub’; la seconda è ‘Exit’, cliccando sulla quale lo spettatore puo’ chiudere l’applicazione in qualsiasi momento. Segue una sequenza di sei animazioni che trasmettono informazioni testuali a ‘Log’, l’ultima finestra ad aprirsi, che permette allo spettatore di inviare il collage di testi sotto forma di e-mail (a se stesso o ad altri). In questo modo, l’opera sconfina il momento circoscritto alla fruizione stessa, e si estende ad altri luoghi e tempi, come riflessione, o semplicemente come punto di riferimento nel mezzo dell’odierna ‘crisi esistenziale’ (sic).

I testi che originano dalle animazioni, infatti, si riferiscono a sei situazioni esistenziali, e altrettanti oggetti immaginari ispirati all’idea di (in)stabilità e di flusso e stasi: Fluidity Simulator, Mourning Carton, Pleasure Fountain, Quarrel Staff, Spurt Connection, e Think Container.


Leonardo Log

Project Description


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.

Le animazioni contengono sequenze di disegni astratti e figurativi, alcuni dei quali migrano tra una finestra e l’altra. Con questo lavoro, infatti, Ebner prosegue il proprio uso frammentario delle finestre browser e si spinge a utilizzarle come strumento di frammentazione dell’apparato narrativo. Finestre e sotto-finestre parallele si aprono a tratti a rivelare un ricco, caleidoscopico palinsesto visivo.


I disegni nascondono diverse aree di ‘interazione’, che lo spettatore è chiamato a scoprire: alcune sono elementi da muovere, altre da cliccare, altre ancora, semplicemente, da osservare.

Leonardo Log

English

Leonardo Log is a browser-based application consisting of two components: a Hub and a Log. Upon startup, 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 six animations sequences are triggered which transmit text to the Log. This final 'poem' can be sent as an e-mail from the Log, and will consequently be available for further textual changes, simple archiving, or as a further reference point amidst existential confusion.

The texts refer to six existential situations. They describe the following imaginary objects that could inspire stability or instability, in fluid of static 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.
With this work, the artist extends the use of fragmented browser windows as a formal and visual means to break apart narrative sequences. Although a continuation of his idea of sculptural form in net art, "Leonardo Log" focuses more on the sequential elements. Parallel windows and sub-windows open briefly as complementary forms to the main image sequence, layered on one screen. This visual device is browser specific, impossible with any other structure of single screen moving images.

Leonardo Log

Production


date: 2004
PHP Programming of Leonardo Log by Oliver Böhm (http://www.head-house.de)
other: 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.
technical Information:
browser: works best on Internet Explorer 5 and higher (Safari has difficulties running parallel windows;
Netscape 6.2 and 7.0 work too, but version 7.1 cuts off the bottom of windows; other browsers have other problems.)
plug-ins: Flash 6 Player
other: Javascript and Pop-up windows must be enabled
connection: best with broadband connection

 

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