Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
Conceptually, a computer’s memory is not only the place where code and data are temporary hosted, but it is also the short term reference for everything that is rendered on the screen. In a way, it represents something like the computer’s “awareness” at a given moment, more than its “short term” memory. Island2 is a free software artwork by Martin Howse which creates “a semi-permanent, isolated island in the computer’s memory”. It’s a program that firmly establishes its own space in the memory, unnoticed and inviolable. This empty, silent virtual zone, is only temporary autonomous, since it can be removed simply switching off or restarting the machine. But its “hidden territory” is fascinating, an unknown digital land invisibly established under the user’s eyes, with no aim to take over any other system part. References to virus and malicious codes are incorrect here, as this piece is doing nothing malicious, simply occupying virtual space. And it’s not an ordinary space, but a memory space, even more a computer memory space, and it’s as essential and volatile as organic memory.