matrix.64 (documentation, online 1998-2005)

An interactive web site interface that explores text and visual media, spatial and dynamic text-structuring, bilingual, multi-layered. Sexy dhtml und javascript.

Idea, concept and design: Christina Goestl
Text written and edited in co-operation with Regina Löw
Translation with the support of Renée Melanie
Code by f/0.codelayer

matrix.64 demonstrates the possibilities of spatial and dynamic text-structuring by way of an old example: It presents the Indian classic compendium 64 Arts in a 21st century version, together with four different translations from the original Sanskrit. This digital open textbook allows not only for a completely new form of essay, but also enables readers to carry the project further by adding their own contributions.

[...] The work relies on curiosity and on the search for knowledge to turn the activity into a playful itinerary, itself a source of pleasure, drawing the reader into an adventure that contrasts sharply with the easy consumption of pornographic images on the network. In this sense, it offers an alternative view of sexuality that proves to be open minded, humorous, and creative.

Sylvie Parent in: The CIAC's Electronic Art Magazine no 10, Montréal, March 2000
Read the full text in English or Français (local copies, no longer available online).

By invitation of Eugene Thacker the 21st century version was published in the e-book Hard_Code. For details, go here.

Among others matrix.64 was featured by Caroyn Guertin's celebrated collection 'Assemblage: The Online Women's New Media Gallery', and V2_ Lab for the unstable media.

For screenshots of the application, go here.

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Christina Goestl
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