The Memecom Gateway is a multimedia drama, fundamentally a musical and literary journey and is therefore best described as an Opera based, not on the stage, but within the computer. Rather than the musical numbers being sung with instrumental accompaniment, or with dialogue and recitation, the voice is replaced by the written word and subsumed within soundscapes formed from different types of digital sound and voices, human and machine. The soundtrack, literary and visual environments will be affected and formed by user interaction; the user and the art collaborating to produce a unique representation of the complete work. Though the work is essentially non-linear in its format, it still contains a set structure of story development that allows the aural and narrative experience to progress to a finale.
This project, essentially, is an entertaining and artistic environment using many different media. It takes the form of a multimedia CD-ROM containing interactive software that creates a non-linear narrative experience with the story depth of a novel; something that can stand alone as an entertaining story yet remains rich with symbolism and metaphor.
The project has risen from, and at its heart is based upon, the development of language and meaning within the communities of internet and computer users. Communication of all forms is to be found within the workings of this piece; email conversations that are embedded within previous responses, typed command line programming, artificial intelligence, networks, virtual environments, iconographic representation and source code. What the work is communicating to us lies in our assumptions of the technological world and our involvement with it, covering the major motifs of biometric tracking, computer security, world trade, privacy and personal identity. It reaches to communicate with an audience directly as a singular technological experience and with the expectations of the computer and the operating system. The “Memecom Gateway: A Literary Opera” examines the division between the technology and the user, holding a mirror up to the very medium itself and by extension the author and the audience.