Lailah is a piece of interactive art, which we would classify as interactive expressionist fiction. (As interactive art productions are few and far between at the moment, classification becomes tentative.) Lailah is a multimedia production, which with the use of graphics, photography, simple animations, recited poetry, sound effects and music involves the participants in a poetic interactive experience. It is developed both as a production that can be experienced via the computer screen with use of 3 -channel sound or as a room installation with use of 3-channel sound, a video projector and a surface for the mouse navigation.
Lailah is based on the idea of engaging the participants in a fictionary universe by letting them interact with a black & white photography of a woman’s torso covered with flower petals. With the mouse the participant can control a coloured dot. By touching the picture in a particular place, the petals come to life by taking on different colours accompanied by music, sound effects and poetry. These respond to the particular colour combinations in the picture. The sound effects are integrated so that the 3-channel sound control lets the sound follow the movements in the picture.
The poetry and colour combinations are never the same (statistically the possibility of the same combination is very low), which means you will get a new experience every time you try it out. Emotionally the atmosphere changes according to the nuances of the colours, gloomy colours change the poetry towards moodyness, while bright and lively colours give a more positive experience. Impatient and vulgar actions change the experience in a nightmarish way, patience and gentle behaviour let you go further with the process, which sums up the basic point in Lailah: the participant is responsible for his or her own experience.
Lailah was originally produced as part of a study of interface design & modes of interaction at The Institute of Informaiton- and Media science, Arhus University.
- Jorgen Callesen born 1966. Student at Aarhus University/Information & Media Science, Denmark. Preparing a master thesis on the theory of Multimedia and experimental interactive fiction. Since 1991 collaborating with Stine Schou.
- Stine Schou born 1967.Student at Aarhus University/Information Science and art history, Denmark.. Since 1991 collaborating with Jorgen Callesen.