Saturday, 12 March 2011

design paths

Through consideration, I decide to create a story for the website. It is structured around segments /mages of memories, some distant and vague, some clear and more discriptive. It will not have a clear navigation, as I want to draw the audiences' attention to the fading, subjective and fluid nature of how events are remembered.

Some mysterious and ambiguous elements of James Hart Dyke's work on MI6, and personal and investigative endevour made by Timothy Garton Ash into his own file created by the East German secret police, have influenced my thoughts in composing the ideas and designs of this website.

"How can you ever really know what is fact, what fiction, and what still lies entirely hidden?" (Garton Ash, 1997, p.205)

The hotspots on each pages are not labeled and viewers are required to hover over the images to before they can turn the page of their experience. After travelling through the path without a clear signposts, they will reach a page (or be transfered to) a page which will have my short clip The New Republic. These uncertain stages are in reference to what people experienced in Germany (especially East Germany) after the Berlin Wall was breached and two Germanys unified in 1990.

"Yesterday your secret was hidden in a single dusty cardboard file. Today it lies open on a million breakfast-tables." (Garton Ash, 1997, p.194) 

The project also follows a process of recording/observing Berlin, and making public the work I've produced - even though it does not have clear indications often seen in artists' portfolio sites. One idea is to lead visitors eventually to my vimio page.

Garton Ash, T. (1997) The File: A Personal History. London: Flamingo.

Mount Street Gallery [2011] A Year with MI6: James Hart Dyke. [Online] [12/03/2011]