Grandfather Gets a House

From Rhizome Artbase
2002
Description

Grandfather Gets a House contains a visually enhanced, sequential narrative informed by emails written to a mailing list of a small group of Net-active writers and artists. They chronicle the artist's travels to Transylvania, the Hungarian region of Romania and the subsequent efforts of the group to help an impoverished Gypsy family.
The site is constructed in such a way that the viewer is encouraged explore on several levels; that of the narrative as well other hypermedia content informed by the experiences. These works link to and from the singular emails that are being referenced. As a third, added level of information, the visual elements also encourage the viewer to access a complete and searchable archive of all the unedited communications of the mailing list.
As well as publicizing the plight of a much-maligned and marginalized people in Eastern Europe, the site seeks to lay bare the process by which art is made.
The site is updated at three month intervals, and will, over the next year, also incorporate specifically created, self-contained multimedia art works as a further expansion on the theme.

elizabeth fischer
21 April 2002
Legacy descriptive tags
Vancouver, Transylvania, Targu Mures, Romania, Marosvasarhely, Hungary, canada, Budapest
Attribution: elizabeth fischer
Narrative, Documentary, contextual, Conceptual, archive, marginality, responsibility, network, Internet, identity, email, Javascript, HTML, Flash, DHTML, Visual, Text
Attribution: Rhizome staff
Metadata
Variant History
outside link
2002
open submission
21 April 2002
elizabeth fischer
static files
21 April 2002
cloning
Rhizome staff