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Studer / van den Berg
filter: mille miglia

Monica Studer and Christoph van den Berg are among Switzerland’s pioneers of media art. The three so-called filter works were created between 1996 and 1998. "Filters are snippets," the artists explain, "whose subject is the changing perspectives when moving in and through the Internet. Like a toddler who learns that moving forwards can mean more than simply following a straight line to reach a goal, we should find different terms for different ways of moving in a nonlinear system."   

Like filter: four letter words, the second work – filter: mille miglia – expands on the game principle. Here the reference is to the old board game Labyrinth: Ein lustiges Autorennen (Labyrinth: A Fun Car Race) as well as to a dice game involving a vintage-car race through Bavaria and Austria. Connected via hyperlinks, an interactive picture card is generated by Studer / van den Berg; this can then be "traveled." Here the hypertext link is transferred to the picture, as a precursor of what will be shown in the artists’ later work in the movement of a point-and-click game mechanism.

(Text: Sabine Himmelsbach)

Title: filter: mille miglia
Year: 1997 – 1998
Format: Software, Interaktiv, Internet, Netzkunst, Online
Material / Technology: For the original version: 5 HTML files; for the 2008 version: 5 HTML files; for the 2016 version: 2 HTML files (1 x iframe, 1 x openWindow): Screen: 780 x 280 px; desktop computer, e.g., Netscape 4 / Windows 98; HTML 5 or CCS 3 browser, e.g., Firefox 47.0 / Windows XP
Dimension: Variable
Acquisition: Acquired with funds from the Freiwilligen Museumsverein of Basel in 2016. On permanent loan from the Freiwilligen Museumsverein of Basel. Inv. No. S0016.