just want to sit back and let it unfold for me.
|Looking for something quick --10 minutes or less to read the whole thing. (My kanjis, like Children's Time and my flashworks like Carving in Possibilities. I'm Simply Saying, Peace Roses, and Tree Woman are at this level).
- Caren Beilin and Jennifer Smith's Animals Are Placebos An intriguing little work that repeats the same prescriptions for taking animals for healing. (buttons as links, moving text) (2008)
- John Sparrow's Eye in the Making explores god, software, and technology in three video screens with expanding words. (2006)
- Edward Picot's The Stream tells amusing little vignettes that use the same images (2005). A short history of everything is a linear piece that marries images and words.
- Thom Swiss, Motomichi Nakamura, Robot Friend, Fresh Icons (2004) Doors open and close while shadow figures talk obscurely of playing cards and magnets.
Factory: A great little flash commentary
- Robert Kendall's Faith: a kinetic poem that shakes out its meaning (Flash). His Study in Shades is a lovely little poem where we see the father and daughter moving away from each other (HTML, connection system)
- Dan Waber's Strings is fun, where handwritten words morph on the screen.
- MISSING: William Gillespie's Omnifesto text curls around "just for the fun of it."
for something easy and fun to get an idea of hypertext/new media/electronic
(I can get
in and out of these in an hour or two).
Wheels, Firefly, and Datafeeds are at this level)
Aya Karpinska's fps: This work provides a bar graph to slide through animated reflections on screens and their relationship to meaning. (Spatial text, text in motion) (2008)
(NON)sense for to from Eva Hesse:
A playful homage to Eva Hesse (a German-born American sculptor) through a series of linked “definitions” (linking with a central schema of text) (2007)
Tim Lockridge's A Sky of Cinders : A series of snapshots of a mind after a calamity that fills the sky with ash. (linking) (2007)
Mary Flanagan’s House explores repetitive phrases in an outline of a house. (2006)
M.D. Coverley ’s short fiction works:
(e.g., Default Lives, Fibbonnacci's Daughter,
Afterimage, The Universal Resource Locator)
Ley's War Games provides a game where if you win, you lose your
hands. A powerful political statement.
poetry combines written words and speech.
- MISSING: Adrienne
Sex Scenes: short interconnected stories with links at
the Changing Room: Follow eight characters in and out of each
other's lives, discovering their philosophical horrors and secrets:
text with some graphics. (HTML, connection system)c
Cleary: a text based hypertext exploring a violent incident
with the Riverside Shakespeare (HTML)
Day Test: A "choose your own adventure" story
- Rob Wittig's Fall of the House of Marcia shows what happens when we embrace this brand new web and its "angels" (1999)
a simple truth/lies structure: text only (HTML)
a playfully structured work: each node has 253 words (HTML)
want to play around with pieces or games.
- Serge Bouchardon et al.The 12 Labors of the Internet User Provides tasks for the modern day Hercules (2008).
Andrew's Nio: An
interactive jazz piece. Move the pieces around to hear the music and
create your own sounds/phonemes of meaning.
- NOT WORKING: Terry
Ford's Storyproblem: Move
your mouse to control the speed and direction of the story as it unfolds.
(Note this is a little difficult to manuever in).
for something a little more involved: something I can understand quickly,
but will take some time to unravel.
take anywhere from several hours to several weeks to read.
Springs, Disappearing Rain, and E:Electron are at this level)
- Sara Sloan Bailey's Factography: A series of interwoven stories that range from the vagaries of Texas anti-sodomy laws to struggling waitresses (2008)
- NOT WORKINGStuart Moulthrop's Radio Salience provides a rambling musing on designs when the reader puts the images together. (images, game navigation) (2007)
- Mark Marino's Marginalia in the Library of Babel provides a static and dynamic commented tour of the library of Babel musings found on the web. (pop up commentary, original text and outside websites) (2007) REQUIRES FLASH 8 AND FIREFOX
- Heather Raikes' The Wave: a flash work with a series of circle symbols across the top leading to pages of poetry and meditations on extensions of souls. (2007)
- Stephanie Strickland's Slipping Glimpses (2007) places evocative poems for water to read—as the words float and move with the water—as well as the reader to control in the screen below the water. (click scroll text)
- Jason Nelson's Between Treacherous Objects navigate texts between spaces such as the deathbed and the fridge. (2006) (game navigation)
Carroli's Fragments of Faith: Help yourself to a do it yourself
religion (on Frame
6). A nice essay that links Faith Popcorn's "develop our own
moral lives" with ruminations on modern life.
an imagistic work that discusses viruses ( human, meme, and computer)
in fiction, support groups, and philosophy. PORTIONS NO LONGER WORK
- Caitlin Fisher's These Waves of Girls weaves an account of girls growing up.
- NOT WORKING Christy
Sheffield Sanford and Reiner Strasser's ~Water~Water~Water~,
is a poetic meditation on water, using images and java.
Strickland's works are very fine poetry, and use text and imagery
to get her points across. She usually colors words according to theme
rather than according to the current Web conventions for coloring words
that are links. Try the Ballad
of Sand and Harry Soot.
- MD Coverley's works combine imagery and navigation with stories
with characters that breathe. Try something smaller likebefore going on to more ambitious works such as Egypt: The Book
of Going Forth by Day, Califia
(Eastgate Systems)--where three characters search California past and
present for gold.
- MISSING: Laura
Sullivan's Beautopia (visual
This is a treatise on women's beauty, expectations, and the author's
0ne is a connected novel made from Gweneth's diary as she goes
Descend (Eastgate Systems): A great novel/mystery using fragments of text
found on a post-apocalypse world.
Girl (Eastgate Systems): A female frankenstein who tries to
reassemble herself. I particularly like the graveyard and associated
- HYPERCARD ONLY John
Net is a downloadable Hypercard which plays with turning letters
Life Set for Two (Eastgate Systems) is a programmed poetry piece
where what you choose determines what you will get.
for something I am going to have to spend some time unravelling and studying.
to "Get it" the first time through---careful work on these reveals
amazing insights and new fields of understanding. But these works will
require investing quality time.
Murderers is at this level).
work. Mez is working with mesangelle, a created language based on english/code/phonemes.
Plan to spend some time getting to understand the language and the coding
before diving into flash based works like _][ad][Dressed
in a Skin C.ode_
Morrisey's Jew's Daughter. This is a lovely lyrical work that breaks "in the middle" where the edges of text remain the same after crossing a link. Takes
some time to read through carefully.
This work includes a paper novel, The Maze Game, an oracle, and a site
with music and language. The intriguing thing for me about Slattery's
work is her new language, Glide, which encapsulates a form of concrete
poetry. I recommend starting at the Oracle, learning the language Glide
and playing with it. Then look at the site for the music and philosophy
- MISSING Noah
Wardrip Fruin et al Impermance
Agent. You need to have a couple of weeks to spare your browser
for this: the agent will gradually replace your browser with stories.
This isn't as philosophically challenging as some of the others I've
listed here, but does require a time commitment.
to Perplexia. A post-modernist philosophical treatise which
uses code language, metaphor, and imagery (Flash)
Rosenberg's work. Rosenberg is creating word symphonies where
each word is a note, each set of words a chord in an overall whole.
- HYPERCARD John
Buddy's Phantom Funhouse (Eastgate, 1990) You get a box of tapes
and a hypercard stack from your Uncle Buddy. You unravel it by determining
passwords, going into a mirror world, and tinkering with the scripts.
want to write in here
Springs lets you become a cocreator by adding poems about other denizens.)
- NOT WORKING Lewis LaCook's King's Woods: You have to enter your own text to see the next screen of generated text. (2007)
(October 2003): You enter a URL, and then you can re-type over the words.
them sing it for you (2003): enter words and hear them cut from