About my imaginary map:
Something that is fascinating to me is the idea of fabricating false information to create a realistic person based on specific facts of information, such as names, addresses, coordinates and other identifiers.
This is what I came up with: (LINK TO PROJECT)
To create this, I tried to emulate the randomness of city streets by iterating through alternating paths with different cases determined by chance so that the structure of the city is erratic, yet slightly linear and organized (much like the Andean city in the image above!). These paths all start at at the origin of where the user clicks, this is also the point that marks the specific location of the constructed person. I also created banks of first names, last names, cities (made up for prefixes and suffixes) to create their random identifiers.
‘My Boyfriend Came Back from the War’ was one of the first pieces of real net art that I ever encountered. It was a piece that introduced me to the idea of using net art to convey abstract experiences where each page could help convey a narrative, it is one of the reasons why I find this piece so fascinating.
This piece was made in 1996 by Olia Lialina as a hypertext non-linear narrative, she describes this work as a sort of “net film”. The story centers around a couple who were separated during a war, neither the couple nor the war are named, the piece it self focuses a lot more on the emotion of a disjointed narrative. ‘My Boyfriend Came Back from the War’ was made during the early web (back in the netscape days) and didn’t use much more than images, links and text. However it has a massive legacy in how it impacted net art, many artists making various remixes and adaptations of it.
I tried a lot of things for this exercise, including things as chaotic as this:
And my final version, much different:
Here is the link to my project!