Born in Vaxholm, Sweden,
Lives in San Jose, California
Website, computer, screen
1:1 is a portrait of the World Wide Web that focuses on database aesthetics and the formal qualities of the network. The project consists of five different visualizations of the web as a "numerical" space. Every website has a numerical Internet Protocol, or IP, address--a string of numbers such as 184.108.40.206--that usually remains hidden behind a .com, .org, .net address. 1:1 is a visualization of a database of IP addresses compiled by C5--a research group of which Lisa Jevbratt is a member. The database is the result of an ongoing search that begins with a sample of possible IP addresses, iterates all the potential variations, tests them for inclusion, and then starts a new search with other samples. The database includes hosts that have limited or restricted access or not even a web page as a front end. Visitors to 1:1 can navigate the web--i.e., access an IP address--by clicking on any given pixel in the different visualizations of the database or by compiling or randomly choosing IP addresses. This is a very different experience of the web than the usual route through search engines or other portals. The visualizations present the Web as the territory it is, an environment that consists not only of websites and homepages, but also of undeveloped sites and warnings about restricted access. The database and its visualizations are also used to compare the development of the Internet over several years, juxtaposing portraits of the Web for different time periods.
1:1 collapses the distinction between map and interface. Its interface suggests that it is the environment it refers to, on a 1:1 scale, the realization of a metaphor previously explored by Lewis Carroll and other writers. At any given point, Jevbratt’s interfaces give us a portrait of the Web that continuously increases in precision, zeroing in on a territory that we usually never get to see.