I've been working exclusively in Flash, although my art
background is in traditional media. I grew up with art and
computers. BlueSuburbia started as a small Flash animation,
the blue village at the beginning of my web site. I was
playing with the paint tool; getting acquainted with Flash.
I fell in love with the program and started animating my
poetry. The experiment is evolving with me. It is my experiment
in finding common ground between art and technology.
I spent most of my life in Europe
and moved to Los Angeles during my High school years. I
experienced different cultures and their educational systems.
My work reflects questions and observations I have about
the contemporary educational system.
My conclusion is that schools are
often violent places where students have few or no rights.
More importantly, they are not encouraged to develop the
skill of critical thinking which is the basis of any democracy.
In general, children are trained to obey their leaders and
simply become "human resources".
Having lived on the Balkans during
the war I find myself troubled about the wastefulness of
our western society. From birth on, children are increasingly
fed medication to control their behavior only to be plugged
into society and used for someone else's profit. Modern
civilization seems to be obsessed with producing and consuming.
I often think about conversations I had with the normal
suburbia kids I met in school. One of the first questions
I was asked by my peers in a prestigious San Fernando Valley
school: "Are you an accident?" I often think of
my conversations with them. These kids had everything but
personal value and purpose. That's why my suburbia is blue.
is a deep, interactive environment that allows the user
to meander through its visual treasures. Nathalie Lawhead
has created a world reminiscent of Tim Burton weaving ornate
images and verse.
The piece is riddled with enigmatic
vignettes, interactive poetry, and amorphous navigation.
Fine attention has been paid to the details of Blue Suburbia.
The mood is set by the style as well as subtleties in lighting,
shadows, and motion. There are also a number of nuances
in the interaction that truly set this piece apart.