The Book Of Days
“The Book of Days” asks questions about time and origin, and about living now in this time. The sense of history is around us but we can’t see it lose enough; the world is full of places we haven’t visited, cultures we haven’t met but which we have learned from schools, books and media. This is richness but also a loss; when nearly everything is somewhat available, the endless information flow turns out to be just scratches on the surface. Knowledge and information are changing into confusion: who am I? where am I? where do I belong? do I even need to know? My technical approach in making ‘the Book of Times’ was to avoid the latest technology. At times it seems to me that too much is focused in the most newest inventions and technology. It is not a bad point at all – but sometimes it leaves you the feeling that the work itself becomes so depended on technology that when you leave the hottest and newest things out, there will be nothing left. That’s why I decided to make this work in different way: I used nearly plain html with just few old java scripts. The work is based largely on visual points, middle age imagery connected with dark visions of the future.
Päivi Hintsanen (Jyväskylä, Finland, born in 1970) has worked as freelancer in net projects for different art and culture related organizations since 1996. She also has made several independent/own net projects of which the most important are the online art gallery Spirited Herring / Henkevä Silakka (www.webgalleria.net – started in 1997; with one month theme exhibitions, open and free for all) and Coloria project (about colours, in Finnish) at www.coloria.net. Independent works include large hyper narratives (like The Book of Days and Silence/1940) and also small image based miniprojects. Online work portfolio at http://www.coloria.net/work-o-matic and digital art projects are seen in http://www.coloria.net/dig.art