The early-to-mid 1990’s were an interesting time. “Multimedia” was a hot buzzword, and people were wondering if CD-ROM and Internet was here to stay. Macromedia Director ruled the world of interactive graphics, and World Wide Web and HTML was finally transforming the Internet into a visual environment......Early pioneers of generative Director programming, Lia and Dextro quickly became influential both inside and outside the Director community. Their mix of crisp pixels, erratic animation and blurred surfaces was unique at the time, presenting a perfect visual counterpoint to a musical scene experimenting with glitch and sound defects.
These words, written by Marius Watz on GeneratorX in 2007, were aimed to describe the early pioneers of generative Director programming which forms the basis for most of the interactive art we talk about today. Unfortunately most of those experiments, that are the foundations of *new interactive art are no longer accessible as the most modern browsers no longer support Shockwave. Days of Director are now long gone and only a few artists, Lia being one of them, are making an effort to bring these old works to the current platforms.