This piece was created as a guide to the London College of Printing's Media Foundation Course 2001 Exhibition. Its aim was not only to provide information about the artists present and their work, but also to give information as to their wherabouts within the exhibition space. In effect, the piece acted as the catalogue to the exhibition, providing information about the artists and the background to their work, but through a different type of interface; the medium is interactive, thereby modifying the traditional approach one would have taken to navigating the catalogue. In order to make the information as accessible as possible, the information was grouped into categories, which could be accessed through several different routes. Artists were categorised by name, location and medium, and information concerning them and their work could be accessed by navigating through any of those categories. One of the main objectives of the piece was thus to take advantage of the facilities offered by the medium in order to make the exhibition catalogue as accessible and simple to navigate as possible.
The piece was created in cooperation with the tutors of the Foundation Course. Each student representative on the course was given the task of collecting the data relevant to their discipline, which was then reviewed by the course tutors for inclusion in the guide. The information was then marked up as XML, and which could be interpreted by the Flash interface. The graphic design of the piece was inspired by the loaction of the exhibition, which was the Back Hill Gallery in the LCP. The safety warnings and restrictions imposed on it by its college status are juxtaposed with the expanses of white walls and distribution of space more easily associated with a gallery space, creating a hybid form of envrinment in which the connotations of being both a college and a gallery jostle for space. The piece similarly reproduce the floor plans of the area, but with vector shapes and lines lending it less practical connotations.
The piece can be viewed here. Note: due to poor support of XML objects in Macromedia Flash 5, the Flash 6 player is recommended to view the piece.