David Blair

David Blair is a pioneering artist of the small screen. His evolving project WaxWeb links the young medium of CD-ROM with the mature art form of experimental film. Rather than virtual reality, Blair’s innovation is focused on story-telling. His intriguing narratives circumscribe a mysterious link between technology and spiritualism.

David Blair has worked since the late 1970s as an ‘electronic cinema director’. He began work on his first feature WAX in 1985. It was completed in 1991 as a co-production with ZDF Television. The film version was distributed through US, Japan, Australia and the UK. In 1992, Blair was awarded the Grand Prize in the 6th International Video Festival in Montbeliard, France

Since 1994, Blair has experimented with the Internet as a medium for the distribution of cinema. The New York Times declared the multicast of WAX over the Mbone a ‘historic first’. This was followed by a networked version of WAXWEB, which was available in four languages across the World Wide Web. In May 1999, Blair completed the final version of this product, which he released on both CD-ROM and the Internet.

He is currently working on his second feature, ‘The Telepathic Motion Picture of THE LOST TRIBES’. Blair began work on this in 1991, and expects to finish in 2000. The project has been supported with two grants from the US-NEA, a commission from Holland House (part of Culture Capital Europe 96), and a special funding from the Japanese Ministry of Education and the University of Tokyo. He has so far produced two trailers and three prototypes of the Internet version.

David Blair currently lives in Paris.

Prophet’s new work, Internal Organs of a Cyborg, takes a new direction into storytelling that is a hybrid of interactive and comic book. It continues Prophet’s interest in the plight of artificial creatures.

Jane Prophet is currently a lecturer in Fine Art at the Slade School of Art. 

Jane Prophet

In her career as a multimedia artist, Jane Prophet has extended the boundaries of interactive narrative into new forms of participatory storytelling. Working with both video and digital media, Prophet has established ground-breaking formats for ‘hive’ intelligence.

After graduating from Sheffield Hallam University in 1987, where she studied Fine Art, Prophet went on to complete an MA in Electronic Graphics at Coventry University. Her interest in digital systems and artists’ use of computer imaging became the focus of a PhD at Warwick University. She has recently taught at University of California, LA.

Her project Swarm offered visitors an immersive entry into crowd consciousness. Using the metaphor of bees, Prophet designed innovative graphic worlds for hordes of pixels. Visitors contributed stories to a ‘hive’ that still exists online. TechnoSphere extended this paradigm with a simulated environment where visitors could sponsor virtual creatures. News of progress of these creatures, including health and reproduction, was regularly transmitted to ‘screen’ parents. TechnoSphere has now evolved into 3D video.