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Sunday, May 28, 2017

flying tooooo

Probably the most famous screensaver software of the 90′s on windows. Something i instantly remembered seeing on the only computer screen we had standing in the living room, so seeing it again after so long in an exhibition was a nice nostalgic encounter.

Flying Toasters was released in 1996, designed by Jack Eastman and Patrick Beard and developed under Berkeley systems. The name gives it all away, classic toasters with wings fly across your black computer screen along with pieces of toast. In relation to the New Institute Exhibits and Flying Toasters being a screensaver software, in my opinion it leans more towards Act 3, FAUX. loosely related in the sense that the software changes the pixelated screen surface into a temporarily living scenario of an engineer’s imagination, sparked most likely by spending too many hours awake at night programming screensavers in the first place. as simple of a concept it may be, the visual aspects made huge impacts on subcultures within and outside of the programming world.

During the trip to the exhibition where flying toasters was screened among other screensavers, I noticed that not much detail was given about these screensavers. they filled up a dark space wall to wall and gave the impression one was walking through a slice of 90′s time-space. What’s fascinating about these old modulated screensavers, initially designed to prevent phosphor burns in CTR and plasma monitors, is their apparent animation style that provided hours of background distraction. The “designing the Surface” exhibition showed many different surfaces which are manipulated in many forms. The screensaver room felt the most intriguing because the screens weren’t just being displayed, they still served their adapted function in a very subtle manner, simply to distract and entertain. Having flying toaster, pipes 3D, aquatic realm, Geo Bounce, lasers and many other software lined up on big screens gave me a bittersweet feeling of how dead 90′s computing is in the progressive new Century. Yet there will always be an interest in whatever people feel nostalgic relevance for.

Sleep Mode.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

screensaver

screensaver

 

Hello there dear reader, do you remember that moment when – around the year 2000 – after a long period of watching your screen and you turn away in order to rest your eyes for a bit, or perhaps you went to the kitchen for a snack or a quick visit to the bathroom, only to find your screen being “saved” when you return. It grabs your attention, you might ask yourself how does it work and
why does my screen need to be saved…? 

So opening a program on your computer works within the operating system (.exe). Example; POWERPNT.EXE or OFFICE.EXE are word processing applications so when you create for example a .doc document (an executable file) it can only be viewed within the office.exe application or an external reading program. This is also the case for the .png, .jpeg etc. extensions. A screensaver is different (.scr); it will appear on top of its computer operating system and does not need another .exe  program to execute its script.
Back to the most common question: “what needs your screen to be saved from”? The first generation of monitors had a phosphor layer on its screen which was sensitive enough to get permanently damaged when the monitor was not triggered. So back in the day when it took more then seven minutes to start up a computer, it was more common to leave the monitor on for the rest of the day. If it was not for the screensaver, your screen would eventually show black spots, permanently. The animation in the screensaver made sure that there was enough movement for the screen to prevent this. Nowadays, it is used to save battery life or to protect your privacy. The reason I brought up this question is because at that time my personal experience was that my computer  was programmed to respond by itself. I did not consider what these screensavers were for, yet It was enjoying enough for me to accept its presence.

In the exhibition “Sleep mode – The art of the screensaver” on the second floor of the institute you will find some historical screensavers placed in the 2017 version of documentation. I experienced it like a gallery in system preferences but brought into the physical world. The room is divided by the screens which are life-size and square. Designing the surface… Is it really designing  a surface? OR rather “protecting the surface”. Their design choices, which were determinant within the computer medium, had to be as minimal as possible, the great thing about these animations is that there subjects were depended on technological limitations. This makes it not possible to categorise them in the “FAUX /PATINA /LUSTRE /TEFLON /AGENCY /SLIM ” line

The exhibition was brought together by Rafaël Rozendaal [x], an internet artist who got fascinated by the designs of the screensaver generation. Animation without a story is how he calls them.

All screensavers are part of the exhibition “Sleep mode – The art of the screensaver” Janiary – August 2017 at “Het Nieuwe Instituut” in Rotterdam. You’re Welcome, peace out.

Windows-screensaver

 

Sleep mode – The art of the screensaver, The New Institute, Rotterdam


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