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Saving Face

Erika Tan
2001
variable and continuously looped Custom made animated screensavers (mac only)
web intervention with custom made screensaver animations

Saving Face

Using a series of limited choices made by participants, custom made animated screen savers were produced to individualise personal computers.

Saving Face screensavers use the metaphor of the unconscious to explore the possible individualization and radicalization of computer interfaces. Custom-made screen savers were made for on-line participants from the collated data provided by them from a spurious set of 'choices', which used and referenced racialized terminology. Saving Face was a participatory work that formed a continuum with Tan's other investigations into colour coding and early Victorian racial classifications.

Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, ICA for Slipstream project at www.slipstream.net

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