Sunday, January 01, 2006

Just surfing III is a terrific site for handy web design tools. The webmaster for the site, Nico Westerdale, is also an artist who's come up with a puzzle masquerading as performance art. It's the first phase of the QWERTY project:
[It] consists of a computer connected to a monitor which is placed on a plinth. The computer has the usual 101 keys connected to it, although these keys are not arranged on a keyboard. The keys are connected to the computer by 700 meters of wire. The keys are distributed about the building, attached to the walls and ceilings.

The exhibit was on display some years ago, apparently. I can't seem to pinpoint when it actually existed. But it doesn't matter! The QWERTY project has been virtualized. Go to the site and navigate the rooms and corridors of the building to find the keys of the disconnected keyboard. Type in a message to become part of the performance. Of course, it may take you a few hours just to type a few words...

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