In Touch and Contact
, Gregory Chatonsky defines the splash page as a site that both articulates the distance between the user and his
destination and eliminates it. A looped animation of two hands touching introduces physical contact as a metaphor for an online connection,
reminding the user that communication is a fundamentally human act. But the exaggerated pixelation of the image, the option of altering
its scale by clicking and dragging, a robotic voiceover, and the black background all reinforce the artifice of the technological medium.
Gregory Chatonsky is a philosopher and artist from Paris who founded the pioneering internet-art collective incident.net in 1994.