“Space and time – the project takes as a starting point the phenomenon of the tides in the area of the south-coast of the St-Lawrence river. The structure of the site reflects the idea of a 6 hours continuous tide according to a temporal axis (the time of a tide) and a space axis (landscape of the riverside). The images of the river move forward and follow the tide and its inescapable course. The user can agree to this rule and benefit from the river but it will have to pay attention at time because “the tide does not wait.”
The WebArt project entitled “Au-bord-du-fleuve” invites the user to discover landscapes and the rhythm of the coast-of-south at the edge of the St-Lawrence river. Navigation is offered according to 2 axes. One horizontal, represents the course of the tide. It is composed of a graphic space of data connected to the table of the tides at the edge of the river. It is an indicating zone of the current time of the tide which influences directly the contents of the second axis, vertical, which includes the contents connected to the landscape of the river and the iconography which is attached to it. Thus, according to whether the tide are high or low, images and interactions change according to the level of the river.
The user interacts by clicks on rollovers which appear in the various zones. Others parameters, connected to space and time define a more or less unique experiment. The user can leave traces of his passage, like the print of a fire or footprint on the edge of the river. When the user go back later to the site it will be able perhaps to note traces left by others and thus realize that he or her was not alone to consult the site.
The purpose of the WebArt “Au-bord-du-fleuve” is to share a certain experiment of the river, the pleasure of stopping and of looking at the time which passes, to listen to the birds, the wind in the trees, to feel the marine spray on the skin. The project is an invitation to take its time and to escape from the urban stress; to share a virtual experiment of the coast-of-south of the St-Lawrence river. And who knows, perhaps the Net surfer will nourish the desire to release his keyboard to go to see by itself?”