IdealWord is a project hosted on the Internet the aim of which is to explore the various definitions of the written word in digital contexts and their subsequent reconversion into physical (analogical) resolutions and environments. idealword.org: keywords [ Emotional Intelligence ] [ Copyleft Printing ] [ Secrètaire ] [ Intertextual Images ] [ Screen&Printing Range ] [ What You See Is Almost What You Get ] [ Printarama ] [ Screen Experience Vs Physical Output ] [ IdealWord ] [ Simulation ] [ Text as Image ] [ MouseStrokes ] [ Text & Image Resolution ] [ Digital & Analogical Format ] [ Office Home ] [ Funky Print ] [ Unexpected Frame ] [ Linea Esfumata ] [ Office Flesh ] [ Boredom Code ] [ Pop Print ] Definition of idealword.org IdealWord is a product of the new art societies. It is unfinished “and probably it will not have any outcome whatsoever”. Though the project started (27082003) with the purpose of overcoming several technical barriers to create a work methodology that was both simple and reconciling with the digital production tools, it has developed into domains closer to the individual, domains where fascination for technology wanes in favour of a wider speech. Idealword.org provides a space for simulating the artistic traditions within digital environments. It is a space where idealword.org items are mutually and happily sampled and redefined with the sole goal of confusing the technical genre. Perhaps the (fragmented, disoriented or multiple) user who explores idealword.org will find it closer to the simultaneous space-time experience than of an informational matter, but this is a risk the actors and stages of IdealWord are totally aware of. The IdealWord is developed by two main actors and in two main stages: Actors: Text & Drawings. Stages: Digital & Physical. The actors: Text as Image The new digital environments gave birth to a new artistic production that redefines and feeds our contemporary needs. The new typographic culture, the development of hypertext as a browsing model (specific usability), the prose of code or the compiling languages used by programmers are just a few examples of how the written word acquires prominence in digital environments. In this first part, text becomes image. The typographic characters become strokes of the drawing and are incorporated into the composition, stripping words of their meaning in a first definition apparently meaningless. These «text blocks» use the system fonts. This feature allows the user to read the whole text looking at the Html code (in case the document is in such format) or selecting the text and choosing Edit > Copy / Edit > Paste in any word processing programme. The selectionable text can be downloaded on-line much faster than the text as image (documents in gif, jpg,… format), which allows a dynamic viewing for those users with slow connections. The actors: MouseStrokes MouseStrokes are handmade. Mouse Strokes drawings embrace the strokes of traditional drawings, as well as the construction by accumulation of the several tonalities of physical drawings. The direction of strokes creates form and volume. Though being hosted in the digital environment, MouseStrokes drawings use the techniques of the physical drawing and do not allow any graphic manipulation apart from the exportation from a vectorial drawing software (Freehand) and the composition in a webpage editing software (Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash). All Mouse Strokes drawings have a predefined size. Changing their scale will result in a modification of the stroke thickness and therefore will alter the partial (digital) and total (physical) display of the drawing. Stages: Digital. Idealword.org is developed on on-line digital stages, particularly on the Internet. The spectrum of definitions and monitor sizes conditions and enhances the reading of Idealword.org products. Many of these products are larger than the standard dimensions recommended by the laws of usability governing the Internet. Thus, an idle office worker who browses through the pages of idealword.org using a basic system (Windows 98, Internet Explorer 5.0 + 15?? monitor) will have to use the navigation bar of the browser to see the whole drawing. Partial display of the drawings on screen focuses the attention on the technique itself. The user’s screen conditions the reading, therefore abstracting the drawing. All the contents of idealword.org are implemented for (slow) dial-up and (fast) DSL or cable connections. Images larger than 100K are interwoven so that they progressively appear on the screen, thus relaxing the always-anxious viewer. Stages: Physical. The contents of Idealword.org can be printed on-line, generating a physical version of their digital counterpart. Therefore, the user of digital environments lives a double artistic experience. The printing resolution and definition will vary according to the printer, so once more we will get several resolutions and definitions of one product. You will need to have Acrobat Reader 4 (or higher) installed on your computer in order to print. In order to print in formats higher than DIN-A4 –i.e. DIN-A3, DIN-A2, DIN-A1, and DIN-A0– you will need a suitable printer or a plotter.
Enrique Radigales is an artist based in Madrid, Spain. He works with programming, video, photography and drawing techniques to explore the border between the digital and the analogue worlds. By this he creates an ever-increasing vague field that allows him to comment on the technological progress as a reflection of the social and financial evolution, and finally the relationships between temporality and technology. Enrique Radigales studied painting at Escola Massana in Barcelona and graduated from the Interactive Systems program at UPC University, Barcelona, in 1996.