Installation: Alma, a Tale of Violence 21 Nov 2012 at 10:00
Exhibition of photography and drawings from the interactive project Alma, a Tale of Violence.
Installation: Moments of Innovation 21 Nov 2012 at 10:00
Interactive Installation: When Documentary and Technology Converge
Installation: Robots in Residence 21 Nov 2012 at 15:00
If robots can build cars and bomb people in foreign countries, why wouldn’t they be able to make documentary films one day?
A simple but effective online timewaster: stop your cursor somewhere on the screen and a picture is loaded in which someone points right back at it.
Last June, a new online timewaster took its place beside cute kitty pictures and Facebook’s endless stream of messages: Pointer Pointer. In the first four days of its existence, the site was already visited over a milion times. And no wonder: the concept is as simple as it is effective. Place your cursor anywhere on the screen, hold still for a few seconds (the lag in load time was purposefully created), and a picture appears in which someone points exactly at the white arrow on your screen. When you move your mouse a new image is loaded, and once again someone is pointing to the cursor in its new location. The pictures seem to have been downloaded at random: lots of partying students, a few artistic poses, and some truly surprising pointing stances. But the simple concept, created by Amsterdam-based experimental interactive design studio Moniker, is built on an astute observation on the modern-day web: the cursor is disappearing, made obsolete by the touchscreens on our smart phones and tablets. Pointing is passé – these days, it’s all about swiping. Through Pointer Pointer, the Internet is pointing back at us – while it still can.