Thursday, February 25, 2010

WAXWEB

Years ago, in the 1990s, I was at art school doing a BA hons in fine art and specialising in electronic forms of art. We had early digital cameras and analogue camcorders. We had Apple Macs and literally several megabytes of disc space for the rendered product of our genius (really). In 1995 I got onto the web for the first time and enjoyed 5 straight hours of exploration before the technicians threw me out as they were closing up for the night. I was caught up in the silky strands of the web from then on.
One of the websites which fascinated me as I stumbled across it way back in 1995 was David Blair's WAXWEB. A hypertext, interactive, movie journey web experience beginning with "In early 1914, a Spiritualist cinematographer from the Supernormal Picture Society of London joined the Royal Expedition to the Antarctic." with sub sections like:

"Wax or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees" and:

"The Telepathic Motion Picture of 'THE LOST TRIBES' "

After all these years WAXWEB is still one of the most fascinating artworks online. If you haven't explored it yet, find WAXWEB at: http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/wax/

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