"Last Entry: Bombay, 1st of July..."

Posted by Rhizome | Tue Jun 3rd 1997 1 a.m.

You - He - or She ? - identity and gender are unknown in this project
and they will vary. And so will all the different places. Once you
decide to tell us a story, we will be able to follow the traces...

** "Last Entry: Bombay, 1st of July..." **

is a collaborative documentary about a person, a flaneur in the cultural
space of the internet.

... Inspired by the novel "Orlando", written by Virginia Woolf in
England in 1928, that reads like a visionary metaphor on the internet,
this is a biography of a figure, traveling through time and space,
centuries and cultures. In "Orlando", kings and princesses, poets and
lovers, war and peace come and go. Carrying two souls in the chest,
Orlando has to undergo a cutting change in life, when he - all of a
sudden turns into she, Lady Orlando.

...Extending the adventures of Orlando in the network space and time,
users are requested to involve Orlando in their own stories and cultural
backgrounds and bring him (or her?) into contact with other people (or
themselves?).

So, Orlando's story mirrors the virtual space by establishing residence
in an artificial life, by stepping onto a stage, by slipping into
identities and virtual profiles in a networked community of realities
and fictions.

The site is a travel log that will follow Orlando's further destiny and
encounters driven by your input. Its interface will evolve in direct
relation to the future content. Because of this unpredictable web of
episodes, the project represents a patchwork story and narrative
montage. A dynamic network of personal experiences, memories and
interventions, "Last Entry: Bombay, 1st of July..." reflects on 'digital
storytelling' as a cross between anecdote and archetype, diary and
legend.

"Last Entry: Bombay, 1st of July..."

is a project-in-residence at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria

http://www.aec.at/disk/

or

http://www.fh-brandenburg.de/~zapp/lastentry/

(Don't miss it, now online on a server near you...)
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