Memex Engine or Laura Croft stripped bare by her Bachelors, Even, 1998
Simultaneously engaging the computational insights of Vannevar Bush, the high conceptual play of Marcel Duchamp, the psycho-tropic erotics of Lara Croft, the aesthetics of Wong Kar-Wai and the narrative indulgences of William S. Burroughs, the Memex Engine puts on the now with wit, relentless glee, and a deft humor. The Memex is an investigation of narrative, fabrics of meaning, embodiedness and agency. It is also a lush and sumptuous visualization of a forward-looking experiential engine, suggesting an indispensable prosthetic for negotiating one's place in the social economy of the network. - Daniel Coffeen
The Memex Engine or 'The Vanndemar Meme-x or Lara Croft Stripped Bare by her Assassins, Even' was exhibited in the Walker Art Center's 'Artist Entertainment Network' (2000) and ZKM's seminal show, Net Condition (1999), curated by Peter Weibel. The Memex was recently profiled at length in the book 'Pause and Effect, The art of interactive narrative' by Mark Meadows and was also finalist for the SFMOMA Webby Prize for Excellence in Online Art 2000.
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Marc Lafia works in computation and the network, and in installation, single and multi-channel video and photographic works of different scale. He has exhibited films at Rotterdam, Seattle, San Francisco, and other international Film Festivals and shown new media works, the Memex Engine and Ambient Machines at ZKM, The Walker Art Center and SF MOMA. A recent 4 screen computational video installation, Sing to Me and Tell Me Your Story is being shown at the Holon Digital Art Lab in Israel for the Video Biennale this fall. Variable Montage will be exhibited in the Future Cinema exhibit at ZKM.
is also founder and information architect of the highly acclaimed ArtandCulture.com
which allows for the experiential, contextual and associative exploration
of the arts. He is currently teaching in the graduate departments of Stanford
University and the San Francisco Art Institute.