...was big in the nascent media art world and in 1999 we made a
rather successful project called An Artist's Impression
(now in the Science Museum London's collection)....
This piece was an installation akin to a huge model railway
layout (it showed extensively at the ICA, the Fruitmarket, Chapter
and many other places) plus a live online world (or MUSH as it was
known) which existed entirely as text and interactivity between its
players. When stuff happened online, we tried to model it live onto
the installation. Simple! The online space that was being 'built'
was based on our childhood homes and hence a slightly spooky
evocation of these remembered locations still exists online,
accessible, maybe forever. When online gaming became the infinitely
more elaborate thing it is now, it was expected that these low-fi
social spaces were a thing of the past, but now with
Minecraft perhaps that was jumping the gun?
Anyway, somehow (Alan, can you recall how?!) we found a very
clever person to help programme and run this world for us, and this
was 'Javelin' or Alan as was his real name, and he was in Chicago.
Though now retired from the post, Alan has kept in touch so when I
found myself at Chicago
International Film Festival last week, it was great to
catch up again IRL with him and his family.