If you could redesign your body, what form would
A computer interface is a filter which translates human action into
digital space. Thus, it gives us a new body within that space, defined
by its parameters. Interface design gains an ethical dimension in
the degree to which it limits or augments our natural capabilities.
For eight years, I've been exploring real-time interactive animation
as a way to give the user a presence within the screen that is responsive,
conceptual and intimate. I rely heavily on algorithmic animations
that react instantly to mouse movement, presented in a narrative
context where they become expressive of the thoughts and emotions
of characters in a story.
Chroma is a large-scale application of this approach, in both its
form and its content. An experimental interactive Web narrative,
the site explores the nature of racial identity in the digital environment.
Chroma follows four characters as they construct new digital bodies
for themselves, encountering thorny questions of identity and race
along the way. The piece is episodic in nature, containing twenty-five
total episodes that are published on my interactive art site "The
Lair of the Marrow Monkey" as they are produced.