miércoles, 22 de octubre de 2008

"To be percieved spatially and temporally...

... a structure appears "closed"
when it is experienced as integral:

coherent, comprehensive and stable"
[George Landow]

That is the main purpose of my project: the viewer exploring the pages and finding an integral structure (through the links, the associations, the pieces of hyperfictions, the quotes, the colors...). I think that is the main idea that actually summarizes the sense of my project. Only once the viewer has considered every quote and has understood its meaning, he would understand the meaning of the whole structure. Of course, (as it happens in hyperfictions) there is no just one strict and closed meaning, but just as many as the viewer may consider through his/her own interpretation.

This "trip" that I proposed starts with the Choose your own Adventure book series Manifesto:

Choose Your Own Adventure is a series of children's in which each story is written from a second person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the protagonist and making choices that determine the main character's actions in response to the plot and its outcome. I thought that idea would be interesting as the starting point of the project (the idea of "choice"). Once the reader clicks on the world "choice", two different frames are displayed on the screen:

This part is very important, because as the viewer reads the 3 quotations, will have to chose which is the "path" that will follow afterwards. I've also played with the "black" and "white" common connotations. If the viewer chooses to follow the "white" path, the one about the "hypertext" theory (the one potentially pro-hyperfiction), the frames will display like this:

On the contrary, if the viewer choses the other path, he/she will encounter this:

The four different quotations the viewer will see are about different approaches to the hypertext/hyperfiction theory and consider the issue of authorship in the "digital" era. They divide into 4 frames as well, like this:

I personally think this last step in the project is the most interesting one, since the viewer will not understand the meaning and sense of the quotations unless he/she reads all the pairs (that would mean both paths have been considered at the same time, but the eight quotations will be neverdisplayed together on screen).

Explore the external links, create different meanings and enjoy the adventure!!! Remember, there are a lot of possibilities, a lot of choices...

1 comentario:

carual@aol.es dijo...

You rock, baby! And the idea that you've rescued the "Elige tu propia aventura" books of our childhoods is just awesome!! Did they also exist in Canada(s)? By the way, I hadn't noticed the black/white symbols in your web, but that of course makes it all more interesting. I'm looking forward to having more of your project (and to hearing from you... it seems we haven't talked to each other for ages)