Jacob Maker is a beekeeper who designs flight simulators. One day, the past arrives out of the future, and Jacob enters WAXWEB.
Waxweb is created by David Blair (1993-1999, final version). It is the hypermedia version of the theatrically-distributed electronic feature film WAX or the discovery of television among the bees (1991). Visitors of the website can play the movie from beginning to end, as an 85 minute theatrical feature, or click the "hypervideo" at any time.
The movie has is 85min long, and has 1200 shots. Every shot is recomposed inside 25 unique pages/spaces.
Wax and the Discovery of Television among the Bees twists the linear
character of film by using computertechnology and non-linear narrative.
It is an extensive project of electronic cinema and hypertext, first
produced as a film of 85 minutes in 1991 and later poured into the net
in 1993. As one of the first expanded videos online, it is amplified
with several thousand hypertext links, thousands of stills and more
than 500 segments which viewers have access to. The film, a virtual
surreality resonating with flashy techno-poetics, lead the viewer
through labyrinths of space and time, life, death, memory annihilation
and rebirth. The equivalent of white-water rafting through history, the
occult and militarism: metamorphosis a constant in the cult movie. Its
strange story of the mysterious Mesopotamian Bees, envelope the main
character Jakob, in a 'grotesque miasma' of past and synthetic
realities. The space suited, bee-bonneted figure of Jakob, who
otherwise designs gunsight displays at a flight simulation factory,
finds himself 'transported' by the telepathic bees to spaces of the
past and living present. Summary is defied, as photography and archive
material form the backbone of its hypermedia context - the film was
edited digitally, allowing the integration of archival film, location
video and computer animation to expand its one-linear layering of
references - "it's a book with moving images".