Monday, October 19, 2009



Olia Lianlina's website, MY BOYFRIEND CAME BACK FROM THE WAR, is a fun interactive website. It is totally in black and white, but it holds my attention because I cannot stop clicking on the messages that appear. I have to know what is going to be said next.
I think that it is important to history because it shows a different way of telling a story or an event in a person's life. It is about 50% words and 50% pictures. When you click on some of the pictures and all of the words, you are guided through some sort of conversation between a girl and her boyfriend. He ends up wanting to get married right away, but they decide that it would be better to wait.

"The Russian artist Olia Lialina launched the first gallery for internet art, which is actually aiming at selling the pieces, "Art.Teleportacia"."

"Olia Lialina (born May 4, 1971 in Moscow) is a pioneer Internet artist and theorist as well as an experimental film and video critic and curator. Lialina studied film criticism and journalism at Moscow State University, graduating in 1993, then followed with art residencies at C3 (Budapest, 1997) and Villa Walderta (Munich, 1998).[1]

She founded Art Teleportacia, a web gallery of her work, which also features links to remakes of her most famous work "My boyfriend came back from the war" [2] and was one of the organisers and later, director of Cine Fantom, an experimental cinema club in Moscow co-founded in 1995 by Lialina with Gleb Aleinikov, Andrej Silvestrov, Boris Ukhananov, Inna Kolosova and others."

In developing my character in Project II, I am somewhat influenced by My Boyfriend Came Back From the War by Olia Lialina. I like the use of the black background, plus I want to give tidbits of information about my character, the Wicked Witch of the West. Instead of her having conversations with someone else, she is kind of having a conversation with herself to try to tell her side of the events. I want to try to explain why she is showing up at the same place the other characters are, especially since she is definitely not a friend of theirs.

When I start to develop the place for my character, I would like to use some aspects of Heath Bunting's A Visitor's Guide to London. I like how it is in black and white and how the buttons that take you to different places, are not in the same place on the different pages that they take you to. I may and may not have the places that I put in Project II in black and white. I have not decided yet, but I may do similar things with some of my buttons like Heath Bunting does in A Visitor's Guide to London. Out of all of the websites that showed places, this is the one that I liked the most.

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