Voyage Into The Unknown

From Rhizome Artbase

Users join John Wesley Powell on the 1869 exploring expedition of the uncharted waters of the Colorado River. The interactive work asks how landscapes are imagined, named, and represented with special attention given to the logs of Powell's boatman who contest Powell's accounts and the illuminating photographs of E. O. Beaman, John Hillers, and James Fennemore on which drawn images of the voyage were based.

Rhizome staff

Blending fiction and fact in a fantastic scrolling landscape, VOYAGE INTO THE UNKNOWN is a multimedia adventure in which users join John Wesley Powell's famous journey down the Colorado River beginning May 25 1869. You will discover a landscape dotted with observations, competing diary notes, and side routes - some of which may be deadly... You will travel across writing modes as well as spaces. Knowledge comes in integrating many such modes. Here, first comes the adventure, then comes its representation. Much later, comes critical examination, and, perhaps, as a whole, re-invention...
This work is free and on-line. For more, visit

Roderick Coover
11 June 2008
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