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Saving the Screen
Screensavers should be considered as user interfaces that cannot be used because they disappear. One could say the screensaver is a useless interface. InterfaceExplorer demonstrates eight artistically and pop-culturally interesting screensavers.
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"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.

Bluescreen of Death
One 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.

Screen 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).

The 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).

Drempels: 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.

golem@home project
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).

John 3:16 Screensaver
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.

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