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MG, Karen & Alan / Javelin meeting in Chicago

Once Upon a Time Somewhere

...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.