As an increasingly prominent feature of our existence, uncertainty accompanies us as a constant permanently. The initiative Archive of Uncertainty investigates based on a participatory web application how aspects of uncertainty feel for each individual. The term, with its predominantly negative connotations, can thus be viewed from a different perspective and draws attention to the transformative abilities of uncertainty. The elusive and vague characteristics of uncertainty are reflected in the handling of the website and at the same time summarize a collective mood of all user contributions in an archive.
While most of the typographic elements – set in Suisse Int’l – take a conscious step back and leave all the space to the main focus of the site, the user posts itself gain their characteristics through a bold typographic choice: Rector. The aspect of uncertainty can also be found in the operation and handling of the website. The feature volatility occurs in the archive part of the page, through which the posts are reloaded with each appear in a different order. The blurry and vague component of uncertainty is reflected on a visual level. All contributions are shown blurred, except for the one post that is active. These properties are intended to visualize the possibilities and opportunities that uncertainty offers.
The initiative launched on 31th of April 2021 in the public space of Linz, Austria and now continues its open call within the World Wide Web.