selected Shockwave applets from
Muscle and Blood Piano by Barbara Lattanzi

based on the film
Nosferatu (1922) by F.W.Murnau


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The Letter and the Fly
2.7mb stream

Hear me! riff

570 kb


1.2 mb

These 3 interactive applets include
audio playback.

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In sampling the classic horror movie, "Nosferatu" by F.W. Murnau (1922), these shockwave applets test one model of interactivity in which the interpretive process of cinematic editing coincides with the time of viewing.

At a central moment of "Nosferatu", a threshold is crossed, into the 'land of phantoms'. That threshold (of horror) resonates with the idea of the computer interface itself. Thus, the interactive setting for "Nosferatu" invokes a problematic, unsettling metaphor for the interface - both cybernetic and social.

Barbara Lattanzi has presented Muscle and Blood Piano, experimental software for moving-image performance, at the Wisconsin Film Festival, the 2001 "Ready to..." conference in Prague, Czech Republic; and the 2002 European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck, Germany. Her website - - includes downloadable software as well as interactive applets. During 2001-03 she is Visiting Artist in Digital Media at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts