net@ari, 1985
Atari 2600, custom cartridge, keyboard, TV screen
72” x 24” x 24”

net@ari is a real-time based video made in 1985, programmed with an Atari 2600. In this work, Merhi explores the use of language (computer language) as the basis of the digital cinematic experience. The computerized film is composed by 3 interlaced rows.

On the first row viewers can the programming instructions continuously changing . On the second row the instructions turn into variables, showing the location of the characters and the music notes played --this is like a movie script. Finally, on the third row there is an animation composed by 2 rectangles moving on different times on a large square. When the rectangles touch each other, a random 8 bit melody is produced.

In this sense, the viewer sees not only the interaction between the characters, but also the process that generates the computerized video. The unconscious state of the machine is represented by the change of colors, creating similar patterns to those that are being used by interior decorators, graphic and fashion designers. This is an interesting feature if we consider that the CPU was made in 1978. The endless change of color patterns occurs as a result of the original hardware structure, keeping the screen active during the time the machine is on.

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