The Idle Index is a new online project offering free screensavers created by artists, animators and filmmakers based in, or with links to, Leicester.
This initial set of screensavers has been commissioned by Phoenix for Leicester Art Week 2018. The project will continue to grow and add more pieces to the index over the next year.
Screensavers have persisted as a common feature of digital interfaces (computers, TVs, blu ray players etc) long after their original purpose – to protect monitors from burn-in – has become obsolete.
While some systems still utilise them for practical purposes such as security, they serve for most as reminder of our own inactivity – acting as prompts to continue working, browsing, watching or shopping.
The screensavers offered by The Idle Index place artworks into the forgotten corners of our digital space to explore ideas of work, leisure, and usefulness.
The screensavers are available to download for both Windows and Mac OS. The links will take you to a dropbox page where you can download the screensaver installer files. Mac users will need to unzip the downloaded file and ctrl+click on the installer file to open it.