In spring 2001 a group of students, faculty, and local artists were invited to create works responding to the preliminary design and navigational structure of the ICE Web site. The group consisted of eight participants: Flint Buchanan (M.F.A. Sculpture), Mark Callahan (Instructor, Art), Kathryn Hammond (M.F.A. Drama), Brian Henry (Head, Creative Writing), Carl Martin, Tara Rebele, and Lee Smith (PhD. Drama) working with Web designer Damien Schaefer (B.F.A. Art). The group called the project the ICE Collab, a reference to its experimental and collaborative nature. After several brainstorming sessions they decided to develop four projects, each representing a different approach to collaboration.
In Handing Off participants submit new projects or modified versions of existing projects. Individual production is preserved, as in the familiar model of exquisite corpse, with the addition of a gallery of archived works.
Human Broadcast is an short animation composed of intimate images and voices. The movie treats the convention of the animated “loading” graphic as a self-contained narrative, entertaining and preparing the viewer for the experience of ICE.
Living Room is a dynamic space that promotes discourse through shared links, a discussion area, and an announcement board. The project evolves as new links and sections are added. This is a place for the exchange of ideas and information an environment where future projects may develop.
Narrative Generator provides an interactive environment for the creation and navigation of a collective body of text. It is an open-ended, non-linear structure that can be added to and recontextualized endlessly. The project was conceived as a way to explore the internet as a de-centered production space, in the vein of internet bulletin boards and online interactive projects, but with a focus on developing innovative ways to expand and structure these models.