Whale Hunt

Jonathan Harris – Artist, Computer Scientist and Storyteller

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The Whale Hunt was created as an experimental interface for storytelling. Starting with an real work story full of interesting design problems though content and metadata.

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How to present a large number of photographs online while keeping downloading times relatively brief – How to express both the topography of the entire narrative and the ways in which any single moment fits int that narrative – How to extract and reveal the many sub stories occurring within the context of the larger story – How to convey the many feelings experienced on the hunt (bored, fatigue, excitement, exhaustion, curiosity) and how to restage an real work experience through using the internet. 

At the bottom of the screen is a timeline that represents the Whale Hunt recording your journey, Beginning to end. Pictured as a medical heartbeat graph which corresponds to the photographic frequency. The visible photograph is indicated by the red bar. When you move the cursor along the timeline can help the viewers and users to select a single moment in time.

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The idea is clever but not to my best interests. I have had a brief look at the site and how it works. My understanding of The Whale Hunt is the recording of every moment spent before during and after each hunt. Some of the pictures are upsetting if you are an animal lover I would advise you not to use the site.



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