A screenshot of a pink virtual landscape from Downtime by Sian Fan

Sian Fan: Downtime

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Downtime is an interactive online artwork by Sian Fan – a quiet spot in hyperspace to take some time out.

As a counter to the hyper-productivity of the post-post-internet world, Downtime virtually embodies the experience of ASMR into an interactive Realtime environment. Simulating a tranquil digital landscape, filled with calming digital artefacts, the user navigates via their computer arrow keys to explore the aimless world and discover aural sensations.

The viewer is immersed in a lush landscape of sculpted pink sand dunes, that stretch as far as the eye can see. As they explore the space, they will discover various digital forms that each emit a unique ASMR inspired sound effect. Downtime acts a virtual sanctuary, a safe space to indulge in idleness. ‘Downtime’ is the opposite of productivity online, stripping out the endless windows, ads and notifications to create a virtual space to unwind and to disconnect.

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Downtime was commissioned by Phoenix in early 2020 in response to the theme of ‘idleness’ online, curated by Anoushka Goodwin. Published at a time of global lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, this theme and the resulting artwork have taken on a new gravity as many of us have been forced to spend even more of our time occupying online spaces.