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is tactile, game-like poetry application for iPad and other tablet devices. It is based on the Antikythera mechanism, the ancient analog computer from c. 100 BC Greece, found in the Aegean Sea in 1900.
Download to iPad from App Store: http://antikythera.taiste.fi/. (Available only in Finnish.)
- Kun pimeä havahtuu, on myöhäistä, joku lamppu on syttynyt jo.
- (When the dark wakes up, it is too late, a lamp is lit already.)
The application is experimental and voluminous; it contains over 200 poems written for the mechanism. The artwork links together poetry, new technology, visual and sound art, and researches and explores new forms and possibilities of digital poetry: broken chronology, randomness and determined paths of reading, locked poems which open procedurally, games, visual and animated poems, temporality, disappearing and appearing poems, poems where verses change their places from one poem to another, words and lines which change their meanings and react to the reader’s physical actions, her/his touch and movement of the tablet.
The Antikythera collection of poems has six parts – or storyworlds, presented as the gears of the mechanism – each part containing 32 poems written for 32 different themes (e.g. love, transition, death etc.). Zeppelin Letters from The Hindenburg (Ilmalaivakirjeet Hindenburgilta) is about young Adele and Hindenburg’s last journey in 1937. Labrys, the feminist and feminine version of the story of Ariadne, is set on the Treblinka extermination camp. The Witch (Noita) tells about the 17th century witch-hunt in Finnmark, Vardo Island, Norway. In The Empress (Keisarinna), Elisabeth of Austria monologues about restlessness, rage and lack of freedom. Images of Artists (Taiteilijakuvia) is situated in pre-war Vienna and discusses poverty, art, love, sex and artist’s muses via two voices: Oskar Kokoschka’s doll of Alma Mahler and Egon Schiele’s lover Valerie Neutzil. Town Stories (Kaupunkitarinoita) imagines a medieval European town with a whole new set of little ghost and horror stories between poetry and prose – it’s about poverty, evil and horror.
There is also an Oracle in Antikythera, divining mechanism based on the “free verses” of all the poems in the thematically organised database. The database also provides the reader with date, season and moon phase sensitive daily verses via the moon interface traveling in astronomical real-time unless interrupted: the cosmos goes on unless a reader pauses it.
Based on awarded poet Saila Susiluoto‘s overall idea and concept, Antikythera presents her latest collection, co-dramatised for new media by director Mika ‘Lumi’ Tuomola, visual art and interface design by Shakti Dash, sound art & design by Antti Nykyri, and system architecture by Rasmus Vuori. The work is supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK, Milla Moilanen & Elena Näsänen) and Kone Foundation, and is being technically finalised for the Finnish Apple App Store during Spring-Summer 2015 by the Taiste production company.
The public launch – together with Susiluoto’s Ariadne book (published by Otava) that is a transmedial part of the storyworlds of Antikythera – will take place in Media Centre Lume,
Helsinki, Finland, on Friday 21 August 2015. Antikythera will also be presented as an immersive installation piece, designed by architect & media artist Jaakko Pesonen, 20-30 Aug 2015 in the Helsinki Observatory gallery as a part of the Helsinki Festival (14-30 Aug) events Poetry Moon (Runokuu) and Media Facades.
The Finnish Antikythera app will be demonstrated in English in the exhibition floor of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2015), Vancouver, Canada, 14-18 August 2015. The requiring poetic translation of Antikythera into English is expected to take place by early 2016. Meanwhile, for both the non-Finnish and Finnish speaking storyworld travellers alike, the app’s tactile mechanism makes it a pleasurable instrument for playing sound and visual art.