Revisiting Dante


Bringing classical literature to the world of net art, Polish artist Dariusz Nowak-Nova's "Project Dante" is a complex site that illustrates how new media can effectively update how we look at myth, mythology, and archetypes. The artist has stated that via new technologies, users are more able to experience a sense of the subconscious (think of how surreal and dreamlike clicking through various layers of a web site can be, witnessing various animations, text, and sound). "Project Dante" includes a version of "The Inferno" created a few years ago, as well as "Purgatorio," launched last year. Both serve as intriguing, 21st century interpretations of the timeless text, which would be interesting to revisit in book form alongside this web site.