| "Since screen savers activate when the computer is idle,
they are often glimpsed for only a few seconds. Neatly framed by the
monitor's plastic border, the screen saver makes the computer appear
to be pure image. The logic of this moving image, however, is different
from that of cinema or television. The moving image of a screensaver
is a persistent loop that exists when ignored and captures our attention
through the glance." (James Buckhouse / Merrill Falkenberg)
3017 is compiled from images taken from a content provider database.
Key words such as airplane, sock, monkey, code, disasters, and fire
trucks are entered and the results are displayed in shifting, scattered
compositions on the screen. This project is the first major collaboration
of the San Francisco based group of Rebecca Bollinger, Anthony Discenzia
and Adrian Van Allen.
of the most feared colors in the NT world is blue. The infamous
Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) will pop up on an NT system whenever
something has gone terribly wrong. Bluescreen is a screen saver
that not only authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate startup
screens seen during a system boot.
Bluescreen cycles between different Blue Screens and simulated boots
every 15 seconds or so. Virtually all the information shown on Bluescreen's
BSOD and system start screen is obtained from the user's system
configuration - its accuracy will fool even advanced NT developers.
For example, the NT build number, processor revision, loaded drivers
and addresses, disk drive characteristics, and memory size are all
taken from the system Bluescreen is running on.
DALiworld perceives the virtual world as an ocean populated with
a diverse and abundant ecology - and they want to make visible the
connection between the millions of internet users of the world with
the help of this metaphor. Users can download the Daliworld aquarium
screensaver which furnishes them with a number of fish. These fish
all hold passports bearing the name of their creators and their
recent hosts, their species, date of birth and city of origin. They
swim freely in and out of your computer, from and to other DALi
users that are connected to you via LAN or Internet.
The most interesting thing about this program however is what you
don't see: the fish swimming in and out of your screen are no passive
data that are distributed to the clients from a central server,
but they are executable code that - not unlike a virus - hops from
one aquarium/screen to another in a peer 2 peer network. Thus it
is up to the fish to decide in what way they react to their surroundings.
savers are often loops that constantly change while the overall
structure remains the same. "Double" begins with this
idea by displaying an animated waterfall that constantly changes,
but on the whole, stays the same. After a while, the waterfall shifts
to reveal additional layers of imagery. Muscle cars, exotic fish,
video games, football players, computer workers, and distant landscapes
occupy these layers. The images create an orrery of desire, teamwork,
exclusion and co-operation that functions as an animated model of
how we might imagine digital technology to operate culturally and
technically (by James Buckhouse).
Dreamingmedia Screen Saver
Evoking images of John the Baptist and early video art, the Skolnick
brothers created an interactive screen saver of a rotating head
that ages from bald to full growth and then back again. Rotation
and hair growth are independently controlled by the mouse (by Mick
& Ted Skolnick).
Psychotherapeutic Screensaver and Desktop Enhancer
Drempels makes colorful, swirling, hallucinogenic patterns that
resemble a hurricane or tornado. It normally runs in a Windows background
or "desktop", replacing the old still-image wallpaper
with gently-animating visuals... and meanwhile, the computer can
be used just like it normally would.
Ryan M. Geiss lives in Santa Cruz, California, and therefore likes
to listen to "Ween" CDs and is a vegetarian. Currently
he is working for Nullsoft, the creators of WinAmp.
The Golem@Home Project (started 2000) is a screensaver aimed at
harnessing idle CPU power across the Internet to perform massively
distributed evolutionary computation. By installing this software
users are volunteering their computers to participate in this distributed
AI experiment. While they participate, any creatures born (evolved)
on their computers are copyrighted to them. They may uninstall this
program and thus discontinue their participation whenever they wish.
The project was created by Hod Lipson, Ph.D. (now Assistant Professor,
Faculty of Computing and Information Sciences, Cornell University,
Ithaca) and Prof. Jordan B. Pollack Associate Professor (Computer
Science, Department Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University).
In his screensaver video, Paul Pfeiffer carefully edited together
close-ups of basketballs taken from televised games so that the
ball stays in the center of the screen throughout the video. Many
hands pass over and around the ball as it spins seemingly in place
while the background changes wildly as the camera tracks its movement.
Pfeiffer relates the ball's central position to the compositional
structure of western religious painting.