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Cities

Cities

 

Year: 2014

 

Medium: Web version

 

Cities: Every noun, proper-noun, group and collective nouns hand collated in the order in which they occur in Italo Calvino`s "Invisible Cities".

 

This project is both a web-based work (as well as in print form).

 

Originally exhibited in 2008, "Cities" was a small web-ap programme that ran auto-searches in alta-vista-image for each noun from Calvino`s Invisible cites in sequence that it occures in the book. The search results were displayed to the viewer for 20 seconds before the programme booted the next noun from the novel to search results in alta vista. It takes many months to view the whole novel's noun results.

 

In 2014 the artowrk was re-made for today's web image search engines.

 

In the page-work version the list of nouns and page no`s from Invisible Cities is published at incrementally larger font sizes creating an almost imperceptable "zoom" or physical enlargement of the letters from page to page. Italo Cavino had once remarked that the written work had no capacity comparable to film to vastly enlarge a single detail.

 

Essay by Jan Bryant availble via email.

 

Acknowledgements

Sean Kerr - who wrote the original programme, and who redeveloped it in 2014.

 

 

Exhibition

CCP Melbourne

07.02.2014—23.03.2014
GALLERY 2
JEAN-FRANCOIS GUITON, TAMSIN GREEN, ALEX MONTEITH AND MARIO PFEIFER
A TASTE OF ASHES FILLS THE AIR

 

Curated by Jan Bryant