De-construct is designing a website for Turner Prize-winning artist Keith Tyson. Due to launch at the start of next year, the site will feature ten of Tyson’s projects, and later collaborative content created with mathematicians, scientists, writers and musicians.
De-construct was appointed by Tyson in March, without a pitch and on the recommendation of Dee Horton, Tyson’s business manager. Horton had previously worked for DJ Sasha, for whom the consultancy had created a website.
De-construct’s brief has emerged out of a series of weekly meetings with Tyson over the course of two months.
Tyson says, ‘In the short term, the website should be a resource showing the diversity of my work, but in the long term I would like a more collaborative site dealing with the rhizomic themes and ideas that my works relate to.’ De-construct creative director Mark Swift adds, ‘[Tyson] asked us to make a flexible space that could give you a sense that his work is only a small part of his universe of ideas.’
Tyson suggested the motif of expanding molecules, which De-construct formed into the site’s navigation system. The digital group is also working on ‘explorer’ areas for each project, containing interactive games based around the artworks. Tyson’s 2007 sculptural piece, Large Field Array, features an interactive roll-over map (pictured), while the Operator Paintings section will offer users a ‘mini-maths tutorial to help you to make pictures using equations’, according to Swift.
Once the ten explorer zones are complete, De-construct will start work on creating an area for Tyson’s upcoming collaborations. ‘This is an ongoing, sprawling project with no definite end,’ says Swift.