The Lair of the Marrow Monkey / 1998

Text, Design, Programming and Score by Erik Loyer

The Lair of the Marrow Monkey, one of the first websites to be added to the permanent collection of a major art museum, is an experiment in using a dynamic, abstract interface to communicate memory, emotion and narrative. 

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Winner, 1998 New Media Invision Silver Award, Best Personal Web Site
Permanent Collection of Architecture and Design, SFMOMA
Honorable Mention, 1999 Prix Ars Electronica

Lair Screenshot 1

"Mnemonic membrane” allows users to play with a dynamic surface which is sensitive to words and contains memories.

Lair Screenshot 2

In this chapter, the user enacts the story by touching typographic elements which have dynamic behaviours that express the meaning of the text.

Lair Screenshot 3

Here, each word of the monologue explodes across the screen with realistic physics, while the individual letters constantly maintain their left-to right ordering.

Lair Screenshot 4

In this interactive table of contents, each disc represents a chapter of the work; with the mouse the user can rotate a disc to the front and then grab it with the triangular pincers.