Andrea Zapp on Sun, 8 Jun 1997 13:23:48 +0200 (MET DST)

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<nettime> Last Entry!

You - He - or She ? - identity and gender are unknown in this project and
they will vary. And so will all the different places. Once you decide to
tell us a story, we will be able to follow the traces...

*************"Last Entry: Bombay, 1st of July..."*************

is a collaborative documentary about a person, a flaneur in the cultural
space of the internet.

... Inspired by the novel "Orlando", written by Virginia Woolf in England
in 1928, that reads like a visionary metaphor on the internet, this is a
biography of a figure, traveling through time and space, centuries and
cultures. In "Orlando", kings and princesses, poets and lovers, war and
peace come and go. Carrying two souls in the chest, Orlando has to undergo
a cutting change in life, when he - all of a sudden turns into she, Lady

...Extending the adventures of Orlando in the network space and time, users
are requested to involve Orlando in their own stories and cultural
backgrounds and bring him (or her?) into contact with other people (or

So, Orlando's story mirrors the virtual space by establishing residence in
an artificial life, by stepping onto a stage, by slipping into identities
and virtual profiles in a networked community of realities and fictions.

The site is a travel log that will follow Orlando's further destiny and
encounters driven by your input. Its interface will evolve in direct
relation to the future content. Because of this unpredictable web of
episodes, the project represents a patchwork story and narrative montage. A
dynamic network of personal experiences, memories and interventions, "Last
Entry: Bombay, 1st of July..." reflects on 'digital storytelling' as a
cross between anecdote and archetype, diary and legend.

"Last Entry: Bombay, 1st of July..."

is a project-in-residence at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria

Andrea Zapp

Andrea Zapp
Hochschule fuer Film und Fernsehen (HFF) Babelsberg

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