George Legrady :: Slippery Traces [1995/96]
»Slippery Traces« was realized as an interactive installation in 1995, and adapted for CD-ROM in 1996 for artintact 3. The work is a non-linear narrative in which the viewer navigates through a maze of about 100 interconnected postcards that cover a range of topics such as nature, the future, work, technology, gender etc. Each postcard contains approximately five hot spots, each of which, when selected by the viewer, leads to a different image. The hot spots links to other images are based on literal, semiotic, psychoanalytic, metaphoric or other connections.
As the viewer navigates through the images following their interest and desire, a database algorithm keeps track of each move, weaving a second level story based on the sequence of the viewer’s choices. The viewer can choose to see this statistical analysis, or metaphoric trace [situated beneath the postcard image] as it is constantly updated and adjusted according to each sequential move.
Type of Work
Interactive work on CD-ROM
published in artintact 3 
· Concept, design, interactive programming: George Legrady
· Consultant database, programming: Rosemary Comella
· Programming support and research: Brent Brooks, Steven Chiem
· Production: Esater Bonnifield, JP Collins, Antje Schlabe
produced with the assistance of a Computer Aided-Media Award from The Canada Council, Ottawa [CDN] and also with the support of a Visual Arts Fellowship, The National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC [USA]
· CD-ROM programming: Wolfgang Muench
· Production CD-ROM version: ZKM | Institute for Visual Media
· Institute for Visual Media