getawayexperiment.net proposes a dialogue between the virtual and physical processes of sign and site design and perception. Stern and Neustetter have transformed several information-based web pages into collaboratively constructed communication sites. Initially, they commissioned local sign-makers in Johannesburg, South Africa to "re-mix" five, live websites by painting stylized versions of each image on their main pages. For a limited time, participants from anywhere in the world can edit any one of these "getaway" pages, by uploading their own replacement images. When not editing a given page, each individual image is randomly pulled from the site's live database, thereby transforming the "getaways" into dynamic collages that signify something completely new.
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Concept, Artists/Designers:
Nathaniel Stern, Marcus Neustetter
I.A./front-end: Templar Wales
Programming: Bradley Kronson
Core Sign-Writers: Mduduzi Manyoni, Tebogo Phafudi, Bongani Nkou, Kasa Thamae, Nkosana

getawayexperiment.net is a 2005 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the Greenwall Foundation.