DATABASE OF EXPERIENCE
Macintosh CD-ROM. 1994
Idea-ON>! presents the manifestation of fragments of my own personal reality in what appears to be a living, breathing world. The approach to multimedia rejects traditional flat user interface design, and offers the user many different forms of engagement through four new realities, each prototyping different aesthetic, structural and communication based approaches to virtual space. It is interactivity for interactivity's sake, experimentation with what is possible, experience based as opposed to information based. Things may happen without user interaction, more obscure exploration may be required to find hidden places, or responses given by the objects and beings will vary, often following a surreal kind of logic.
Visiting the Idea-ON>! installation can be likened to visiting a sacred site where spirits and myths reside. The information space inside the computer becomes a dreaming or meditational space, a manifestation of the subconscious where the objective contents of thoughts are stored for others to explore and experience. Similar in the way pre-linguistic societies would have a shared body of myths and legends which made up their perception of the universe, a world like Idea-ON>! jumbles together many things towards a prototype of a dreamlike, surreal, communal cyberspace in which people dream, create, imagine, and play with thought and form.
Techno Garden : An electronically grown world that grows and exists like a coral reef. As time passes more buttons sprout and grow from the organic landscape, backed by an atmosphere of organic sounds and strange computer noises. The garden is mapped out like a series of islands surrounded by a body of water and the structure seems chaotic, with many things linked back and forth in various directions.
Cybaroque world : A palace of flesh and body expansion, muscle building and health diets, gold and luxury, money and power, sex and material wealth. It uses aesthetic seduction to entice interaction with it, much like contemporary advertising, with samples of classical music and seductive voices throughout. Beings in this world are made of gold and luscious flesh, patterned with intricate swirls and decorative motifs.
Communication Overload Data Sphere : Television, movies, soapies, magazines, satellite communications, street signs, samples from the mass media build up in layers of chaos to fill the screen. Sound is a mix of electronic beeps and bops, electronically processed voices and samples. Communication sphere is entered through a gate, after which you rotate through eight pathways leading outwards in all directions. This is a world that is constantly expanding outwards with the eight paths of information branching off into further subsets of each of the eight categories of information.
Celebration of the Iconbody : In this place all things are communicated with gesture and symbol. Interaction occurs through fragments of a dance, which moves through a series of iconbody positions - positions of the human body that symbolically represent an emotion or human state of being. Varying beats play with chanting and electronic rhythm loops.
The Celebration of the Iconbody is mapped out like a spiritual diagram of a deity, each location appearing as a colored energy sphere.
Viral Corruption Zone : Navigate a maze which is constantly restructuring itself as icons and interface are attacked and randomised by Idea-ON>! virii. A mish mash of strange electronic experiences awaits those who interact with disinformation.
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