Wet Analogies is an interactive digital narrative that explores the ocean as a dynamic site of historical tension, and speculates about possible futures through the use of maritime navigation technologies. Through a set of hyperlinks, Wet Analogies allows the user of the site – the navigator – to move through mixed signals in text, image, and sound between five different levels. The navigator’s choices open up several non-linear paths, some leading to infinite loops and others leading to a final destination. The texts and audiovisual material in Wet Analogies make up an interactive narrative that uses hyperlinks as a method to propose multileveled and open-ended interactions with a speculative ocean.
Through a series of hyperlinks, the navigator departs from a six-colored compass, to find and interact with Morse codes, noise colors, a selection of flags from the International Code of Signals, six short stories, and a binaural recording. The meanings of the signals used in Wet Analogies are all interconnected across the project, as they are coded and decoded through the different levels. The Morse codes can be decoded at this Morse code translator and the meaning of the flags used in the project can be traced in the International Code of Signals.
Wet Analogies uses hyperlinks both as a navigational tool and as a speculative methodology, allowing the navigator to hold symbolic and poetic connections within the maritime space that permeates the entire project. The project embraces the imaginative energy that emerges from speculative methodologies as a way to move beyond anthropocentric horizons and explore new ways of relating to a damaged planet. Wet Analogies proposes critical ways of living and thinking with the present world, which is increasingly defined by an impending ecological crisis.
Project conceived by:
Julia Bande, Czarina Calinawagan, Noé Cuéllar, Suhun Lee and Juan Pablo Pacheco
Website developed by:
Binaural recording produced at Kling Klang Studio, Aalborg
Includes sound samples from Gordon Hempton’s Ocean Dreams (2005), and text references from Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927) and Hannah Weiner’s Code Poems (1982)