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The Complete Hypertext, 1996
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Web Address: http://www.leuphana.de/tmail
The work is derived from a larger collection of over 4,000 intelligence documents
from State Archives in Europe and North America from the inter-war period. The
collection contains daily reports and correspondances between 1915 and 1943,
forming a vast communication network in which the official traces and observations
of the individual are cross-referenced to historical events, international personalities
and geographic locations.
In the World-Wide-Web version called "T.Mail", a selection of hundreds of documents are available as navigatable HTML pages using the "Petal" browser developed by the Department of Culturual Studies at the University of Lüneburg. The information is available through multiple categorical menues, through marked text in the document scans, and through a flash geographic time-line display.
A project by Arnold Dreyblatt
Produced in collaboration with students of the Department of Cultural Studies of the University of Lüneburg, Germany.
T.Mail was developed and produced during a workshop from 2003-2005 under the direction of Martin Warnke and Arnold Dreyblatt.
Content and Overall Concept: Arnold Dreyblatt
Technical Assistance, Hypertext: Carmen Wedemeyer
Flash Animation: Olaf Krafft
Participants in the Development Group 2004-2005: Jasmin Bodmann, Edith Schiele, Annette Gast, Verena Holz, Martina Mennerich, Beate Rullik, and many other students from earlier semesters.
The Software used in the production of this website was develped by Martin Warnke, Christian Terstegge, Carmen Wedemeyer at the University of Lüneburg in a research project on documentation methodologies for contemporary art which resulted in an XML-schema (PeTAL, Picture Text AnnotationLanguage), an editor (PictLinker), a Browser (Petal Reader) and an XLST conversion routine to the WWW.
The Complete Hypertext, 1996
Internet Version produced in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Lüneburg, Germany, Director: Dr. Martin Warnke
Website contains 300 Webpages and 450 photographs.
Concept, Author: Arnold Dreyblatt
Design, Layout, Execution: Carmen Wedemeyer
Programming : Paul Ferd. Siegert
Arnold Dreyblatt used an encyclopedia he found in a used book shop in Istanbul, Who is Who in East & Central Europe as a 'quarry' for hypertext operas, performances, installations and book projects and now this website: This archive of collective memory - the collected biographies of artists, scientists, politicians of eastern European origin, spotlighted at a historical moment (1933), shortly before their mass extermination under Fascism: thus excerpts from different biographies may be found under key words such as 'music', 'opera', 'art', 'forgotten provinces', 'underground work', 'individual philosophies', etc. Reading and writing takes place, in this continuously updated space of recollection, as a journey ('navigating') from one biography to another. Here antiquity's teaching on the locations of memory is given a sensual and narrative aesthetic form: the stories of collective memories may no longer be told in a linear way. It is the ensembles and plateaus of captured moments that count, or recount. In-between spaces, markings, intersections where something happens, where branches occur. To whom do the traces and remainders of social movements belong? How may revolts, revolutions and sub-cultural inroads be recorded, documented and transmitted?
The internet version of the interactive performance installation project, Memory Arena have been produced in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Studies of the University of Lüneburg, Germany; Martin Warnke, Director.
Programming and web design by: Beatrix Brandes, Frank Derricks, Christian Hildebrandt, Eva Johach und Kristina Reichel
'In the twentieth century, it is the bureaucratic apparatus of the state, with its mechanisms of public surveillance, such as the archive, that bestows 'identity.' The mode of so much recent work is to offer a gesture of resistance to the bureaucratization of modern society, by attempting to promote an alternate notion of identity. This often involves a retreat from the public to the private (to go from the Who's Who to the interior life of an individual), to an ethnic or communal heritage (resurrecting a fading tradition), or to the autobiographical (recovering the past by linking it in some way to one's own personal history). Dreyblatt's project, in contrast, maintains its edge-and its importance for the rethinking of identity, history, culture, and memory-by refusing to retreat from or transcend these public, archival traces.' (Jeffrey Wallen, Preface to 'Who's Who in Central & East Europe 1933', Janus Press, Berlin, 1995)