Often, AxisPortals’ web meanderings lead to interesting, educational, and edifying places. The leogeo site is definitely one of those places. Some of the many things to love about it:
- It is an incredibly beautiful site. Indeed, it’s a whole gallery of lovely and intriguing things. Need to persuade someone that there is such a thing as digital art? Lead that person here.
- It’s mesmerizing and involving. It’s quite impossible, for instance, to stop clicking on timebeat. Yes, it’s a clock, but such a clock! Plus, we aren’t generally invited to handle the clockworks, as it were, or to listen to their movement quite so fully, so there’s something very satisfying about it. It’s a bit haunting, that heart beating away our all too fleeting seconds, but the rhythm is meditative and profoundly relaxing as well.
- It’s definitely not text driven. There is some text, of course, but it sure doesn’t limit itself to behaving in traditional ways. Plus, it never attempts to explain itself.
- It’s a wonderful example of how deeply the ways of the web have influenced our literacy. Perhaps as little as ten years ago, quite a lot of folks wouldn’t have been able to make heads or tails of this space, but now almost all of us are comfortable enough with mouse and screen to know when and where to click. So, we can figure out the navigation, and we can interact with the art installations in the gallery with no textual prompting. Quite a far cry from the “click here” and “click me” days of hypertext, isn’t it?
- It’s a wonderful reminder of one of the little truths of life that AxisPortals holds most dear: exploration leads to learning.
AxisPortals Aphorism (with thanks to leogeo): Most things really are “best viewed with curiosity”