The Idle Index is an online project offering free screensavers created by artists, animators and filmmakers based in, or with links to, Leicester.
Screensavers have persisted as a common feature of digital interfaces (computers, TVs, blu ray players etc) long after their original purpose – to protect monitors from burn-in – has become obsolete.
While some systems still utilise them for practical purposes such as security, they serve for most as reminder of our own inactivity – acting as prompts to continue working, browsing, watching or shopping.
The screensavers offered by The Idle Index place artworks into the forgotten corners of our digital space to explore ideas of work, leisure, and usefulness.
The most recent set of screensavers was commissioned by Phoenix for Leicester Art Week 2019, following on from the initial series that launched in 2018.
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