Real Institute: Analogue Web Portal

03Jul12

On 22 and 23 June The Analogue Web Portal was launched Live at Oriel Davies Gallery. I took part as part of the Real Institute expert team.
It was a really interesting in terms of questioning the role of the internet, how it works, and how we use it.
At the talk after the event, led by Axis, people talked about how the experience was both engaging and detached. Some experts
had felt a sense of responsibility, whilst others just provided what they imagined was the most relevant search.

Public Description
Real Institute launches its groundbreaking web service. Working with a team of specially trained experts, two pencils, a large
booth and some pointy arrows, we will enable you to visit the now legendary INTERNET in Real Time via our specially
developed Analogue Web Portal.
Some day all internet access will be made this way.

Overview
Real Institute’s Analogue Web Portal allows public internet access without direct engagement with computers and operates
essentially as an international postal service.

How does it work?
Simply, the public (Surfers) write in to Real Institute requesting a view a web-page. Real Institute personnel (Experts) draw
that page, i.e. with a pencil on some paper, and posts it back to the Surfer.

Experts
Analogue Web Portal relies on Real Experts, specially trained to operate the Analogue Web Portal. They come in two
flavours:

Standard Service
Analogue Web Portal Standard Service is a free or nearly free service and relies on a team of voluntary Real Experts,
specially trained to operate the Analogue Web Portal they respond to incoming requests as required. Working voluntarily
under the Real Institute banner, they desire only to give human-kind a more enjoyable internet experience.

Premium Service
Analogue Web Portal Premium Service offers a roster of professional artists specially trained to operate the Analogue Web
Portal as Real Experts. Visible under their professional name, they choose their own working conditions setting a fee,
response time and level of detail as they wish. Premium Service artists are not required to deal with any administrative
aspects of the project.

The initial Premium Service artist roster included1:
representing Denmark, Switzerland, England and Wales.The aim is for an equal spread of Experts across the globe.
Aldridge, Sam
Broadmeadow, Megan
Goddard, Tom
Gräser, Christian
Jones-Hughes, Steffan
Parfitt, Sean
Proffitt, Simon
Shapland, Anthony
Schoch, Irene
Thomas, Fern
Williams, Bedwyr

Operation
In operation the Analogue Web Portal is a choreographed sequence of actions between members of the public (Analogue
Web Portal Surfers) and Real Institute performers (Real Experts). Both groups are largely blind to each others actions while
completely dependent on each others involvement in the process.

Having trouble with your internet connection?

Ever thought about how long it would take to create by hand the web pages we see on the internet, in real time? What would they look like?

Cymraeg

North Wales based arts organisation, Real Institute launches its groundbreaking web service with a special interactive performance.

Working with a team of specially trained experts (artists), two pencils, a large booth and some pointy arrows, we will enable you to visit the now legendary INTERNET in Real Time via our specially developed Analogue Web Portal.

You will be able to walk away with your own piece of analogue INTERNET.

Some day all internet access will be made this way!
No previous computer experience required!

Performance times:
11am – 4pm Friday 22 June 2012
11am – 1pm Saturday 23 June 2012

The artists and Oriel Davies team will be holding an open conversation after the performance on Saturday 23 1-2pm – all welcome.

Oriel Davies Gallery
The Park
Newtown
Powys
SY16 2NZ

http://www.analoguewebportal.com/Home

www.orieldavies.org

This event is delivered in partnership between Axis and Oriel Davies Gallery and supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

One of the searches on screen

The page rendered by one of the Real Institute Experts

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The cache from a number of searches

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The infographic explains to users how the process works

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http://amyrozelmartin.com/2012/06/analogue-web-portal/

For more info go to: http://www.axisweb.org/atATCL.aspx?AID=2690



4 Responses to “Real Institute: Analogue Web Portal”

  1. Ha ha, I love it. I also love this http://wordperhect.net/ by Tomoko Takahashi, I think you will too :)

  2. 2 Simon

    Nice to see your images of the details, Steffan! Couple more photos of you hard at work over here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/duckshavefeet/sets/72157630563439368/


  1. 1 Analogue Web Portal – Simon Proffitt’s Photos « Steffan Jones-Hughes

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