Generation of Extinction
The Generation of Extinction
NOVUS.EXTINCTUS borrows from the seductive vocabulary of advertising. On entering the site, a series of enigmatic interfaces distracts attention from the severe, central theme. Although it is not immediately apparent, the NOVUS.EXTINCTUS site is structured linearly, not unlike the so-called wizards meant to guide people through software installations. The browser's back button is disabled. With few options apparent, the effect is to compel the viewer onward. Many contemporary societies appear to relate to the environment in a similar, constrained way. In a state of distraction. This uncertain movement, blindly forward, is equally the subject of NOVUS.EXTINCTUS.
What is the forward compulsion? In the advanced industrialized nations where people produce heaps of electronic novelties, the present wave of extinction coincides with a widespread faith in technological progress. There is a common misconception that smaller, faster, and cheaper leads inexorably to progress. The evident failure of this narrative provokes questions about the social expectations one may reasonably harbor concerning technology.
NOVUS.EXTINCTUS tries to reconsider turn-of-the-century e-culture from the point of view of the endangered species. Since all the paths of its interactive narrative lead to a fruitless hybridization of genetic and computer-language codes, one is led to consider whether codes offer solutions. Whether instant online databases of genetic data or fancy Web sites have anything to offer species at the verge of extinction.
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