My Desktop Life is the latest work of art by Martine Neddam
It is a series of films, or animations with sounds, movements, texts, playing in a browser online. They can be presented to an audience in different situations, large size flat screens or projected in a dark room.
My_Desktop_Life represents a flow of consciousness composed of different layers images, texts, sounds, voice melted into each other. It suggests a moment of daydreaming in front of a computer screen when what happens inside your own mind get intertwined with actual views of desktop pictures, memories, typed texts, automatic translations, all this colored by fleeting moods, disturbed by unexpected pop-ups or alert sounds, and then resuming its own flow mingling personal memories and stored data.
These films are generated by a custom made software created in collaboration with James Hudson
The My_Desktop_Life software is broken into two parts: an editor for creating content, and the player to replay it in a browser. The editor is only a thin layer over the player, so with the click of a button, the editor part can disappear completely, leaving the work as it will be seen by the audience. Unlike a ready-made commercial tool which divorces the creative process from the final work, the artist is constantly seeing the work through the eyes of their future audience as they create. The user interface is based on a physical manipulation paradigm: dragging objects and actors around a stage; rather than clicking buttons and typing. The artist should feel as if they are directing a performance, not building a computer file.
The technology was chosen to balance cutting-edge features with the need to reach as wide an audience as possible. It has enough power and flexibility to move beyond the standard web content found on commercial sites, and to bend the fabric of the web in ways the audience would not expect, while not requiring the very latest computer or browser software.
The software exists since fall 2013 in a prototype phase.
This blog is made to publish the samples and sketches created with the software by the people who are involved in this creation: Martine Neddam, James Hudson, Matthias Kampmann, and more.
(The first ten entries, previous to September 2013 are imported from another blog I have about.mouchette.org, from a time when I was already thinking of this new work in a vague manner)
This creation is partly supported by a research grant from ZKM Karlsruhe initiated by Matthias Kampmann. It will be proposed to their public on their website in the beginning of next year. Meanwhile, the life of this work and its software will be reported on here.