Once Upon

December 8th, 2011

Once Upon” are three important contemporary web sites, recreated with technology and spirit of late 1997, according to the memories of Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied. They created a 1997 version of Google+, YouTube and facebook, all optimized for Netscape Navigator 4.03, running under Windows 95. Of course you can view them with a browser that still supports HTML Frames. I really love this little detail: the transfer speed of the server is limited to 8 kB/s («dial-up» speed).

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    […] more featured artwork that could easily be wrapped into a ds106 assignment. Such is the case with these great 1997 versions of popular websites. Google Plus, Facebook, and YouTube make an appearance here (and I love that the artists used […]

  3. Chris Says:

    Fuck! This is awesome. At the chance of making myself sound like an asshole, I found myself stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this on I Like This Art. I had been rolling this very same idea around in my head (about forcing social media websites to run on 90s technology) for the past couple weeks! It’s great to see that the artists here did an incredible job with the project – I’m sure much better than anything I could have pulled off. The limited bandwidth is an awesome little touch.

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