Chimaera: Hybridized Imagery & Augmented Meaning
1. Create at least one web page. Recombine and juxtapose a variety of elements that create new contextual meaning.
2. Create an account on Neocities.org and upload exercise one. This is due at the beginning of next class.
3. Email the URL of your neocities webpage to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chimera (also Chimaera) (khimaros, "she-goat") was, according to Greek mythology, a monstrous fire-breathing female creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, composed of the parts of three animals: a lion, a serpent and a goat. Usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that ended in a snakes's head, the Chimera was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra. The term chimera has also come to describe any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals.
For inspiration, take a look at some of these pioneering Hypertext narratives:
- Mark Amerika's Grammatron
- Ben Benjamin's Superbad
- Olia Lialina's My Boyfriend Came Back From the War
Consider how they use Photomontage, and the way they combine text with image to create meaning.