is a web-based sitcom about my life that utilizes technologies
unique to the Internet. The conceptual and technological innovation
of the work is a mechanism termed, The Comedy Extender.
This feature automatically triggers dynamic content that complements
the video narrative, such as: background notes, links to related
web sites, and downloadable material (MP3 files, text files,
images). This unique feature is a direct extension of emerging
narrative structures that are heavily threaded with references.
The Comedy Extender acknowledges the multi-tasking
aesthetic of narrative that the digital / on-line culture
The storylines are drawn from personal experiences and it
is filmed inside my actual home, drawing comparisons to other
identity strategies on the Internet such as home web-cam
sites. As the concept of identity continues to evolve on the
Internet, this work challenges the viewer to question what
is real in the on-line space of the Internet.
Three Abreast enjoyed a whirlwind first run from March until
July 2002. The site is currently in hiatus and someday, somehow, but will be 'relaunched'
in some form. For now, you can watch the
legendary pilot episode - Bigger Night (a ravijain.org exclusive!)