YURT & BARCODE INTERFACE TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB

The yurt, a nomadic foldable tent made of crossing woods as still in use by Mongolians, but without its covering textiles. It forms the open enclosure in which simple computer consoles and traditional 'zigzag books' make it possible to access a selection of Internet sites on the the World Wide Web.

The center of the roof of the yurt is an open circle kept together by the weight and side pressure of the wooden beams that make up the roof. Through that open hole one can see the lights of the Loom of God passing by. The yurt construction is a modern mathematically designed version of the traditional Mongolian yurt.

Twelve subjects related to the different parts of the installation will be represented, each in a separate 'zigzag book' which has a picture and a short descriptive quote taken from the chosen Web site:

The oceanic feeling
Quipus and other knotted cord memory systems
Modern cables and wires
Ancient creation myth
Modern creation myth
Shaman drum
Drum of the four winds
Scrolls
Stepping stones of magic and science
Hammocks
Yurt
Sand drawings
Loom of God

There are hundreds of Websites catalogued. Each catalogue description in the zigzag books has a barcode. The Zigzag book catalogues can be perused just by reading them. If one wants to see one of the catalogued Web sites, the book can be laid on one of the four simple computer stools. By moving the barcode pen over the barcode the desired Web site will be accessed directly. The user can move up and down in the accessed page and (in certain cases) go to other links to further information available on that Web page. The navigation options of regular 'web browsers' are not available, so the user can only access information as pre-selected in the zigzag books.

An introductory animation explaining how to use the barcode interface appears on the computer screens when the computer has not been used for a certain time.