Iceland’s sagas

Iceland’s sagas, an interactive website with documentary trailer, conveys eight versions of the 14th century Grettir saga, mainly in text, not visually. The film element—in the form of a trailer and eight short artist impressions—in itself is minimal.

Gebrueder Beetz produced Iceland’s sagas, co-produced with ARTE and ZDF and published on Arte website in French and in German in 2011. The bi-lingual cinematic interface offers a sparse range of interactive elements to choose between photographs, text and a clip. It documents Iceland’s ancient myths with a mix of maps, photographs from Flickr, a documentary trailer (in English), eight artist videos and text links (the sagas, keywords or chapters, links to books and Frankfurt book fair). Participation in the form of poetic notes or post cards is welcomed via a Facebook page.

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