City is an ever changing website.It focuses on the representation of the
city by the mass media. It uses the space of the web as a sculptural space,
allowing viewers to interact with animated graphics to delve deeper and
deeper into an imaginary city.
Ghost City is a labyrinthine environment through which viewers can navigate,
either following the linear narrative that unfolds by moving from page
to page, or they can delve into the non-linear chaos of random links.
Each space is made up of appropriated images and texts. The images are
culled from various print media sources. The texts are either found passages
from urban theory or specifically written poetic musings on the city.
Rather than present static images, Ghost City is a collage of moving parts.
It is a pulsating grid of flashing images that loop indefinitely. The
viewer is an urban wanderer moving through the site, step by step, page
by page. One moves forward and back retracing ones steps within the urban
grid, discovering new spaces and new meanings.
Ghost City is about memory, and about traveling through time and space.
The time is infinite. The space is finite. Yet the time and space of Ghost
City metaphorically relate to the experience of the city where people
walk and talk and interact. Within the confines of Ghost City visitors
can pause and think and move backwards and forwards. Ghost City is a city
of fragments. A memory. A ghost of reality. A ghost city. Ghost City was
begun in 1997 and has been changed and updated over the last four years.
Each visit to Ghost City while seemingly similar, upon close examination
reveals new avenues to explore.
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ABOUT THE ARIST
Jody Zellen lives in Los Angeles, California. She works in many media
simultaneously making photographs, installations, net art, public art,
as well as artists books that explore the subject of the urban environment.