Each of the pages of Tierra de extracción has several reading possibilities and the reader decides upon a navigation route that can be sequential, according to the order imposed by the author, or this order can be broken from the navigation map, where every word is a chapter. The use of different arts is also compositionally significant. For example, the original soundtrack music expresses the feeling provided by every chapter and the images have been selected so as to establish a link between the text and the reader.
Author description: The first part of the project, Tierra de Extracción 1.0, was begun in 1996 and completed in 2000 for the Multimedia Writing Seminar promoted by the Center for Communication Research at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas). In a quest for a multimedia rhetoric, we then began to develop Tierra de Extracción 2.0, which was completed and published in 2007. With 63 hypermedia chapters, the action takes place in the region of Zulia, in a town called Menegrande, the location of the first big Venezuelan oil well: Zumaque I, which started the commercial era of oil production in the country in 1914. The narration occurs in three distinct periods: the beginning and ending of the 20th century and a period in between. At a certain moment, which very well can be the beginning or the end according to the path taken by the reader, the stories break their natural timeline and are united in the same space.
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Previous publication: The work was first published in January 2007. Doménico Chiappe, novel, songs, and multimedia screenplay; Andreas Meier, programmer, artworks and graphic and multimedia design; Ramón Leún (artworks), Manuel Gallardo (artworks), Humberto Mayol (photography), Edgar Galíndez (photography), Pedro Ruiz (photography), Raúl Alemán (music).
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