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Rememori – a new work

Rememori - a game and e-poem

Rememori is a degenerative memory game and playable poem that grapples with the effects of dementia on an intimate circle of characters.

Play-read or read-play, however you approach it and whoever you identify with, you’ll become entangled in a struggle for accurate recall, attention and the search for meaning. Inevitably, it’s a contrary game – there can be no winners.

I began creating Rememori about a year ago, when my father was in the later stages of Alzheimer’s Disease but still living at home, being cared for by my mother. I finished the work this weekend, coincidentally just as my father moved from a hospital ward into a Nursing Care Home. On the face of it, the main reason why it’s taken so long to make is because I took time out to work on other projects. During that period my father had a third massive stroke and the prognosis didn’t look good. So for a while, I think I was reluctant to return to the piece. I’m glad I did. There can be no happy endings in situations like these but, now that we have him settled in our preferred Care Home, there’s a sense of respite. I think the work reflects that, certainly in the later stages of the game.

Having said that, the work is a game – it’s not factual, it’s not autobiographical, but like all works of art, it’s fed by reflecting on one’s experience.

Modified image of brain: source thanks to Wellcome Library, London.

Notes Noir

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A collaboration for remixworx: concept and roadwork by runran, visualization and code by crissxross, based loosely on animations by babel.

Photograph of Ailsa Dyson by Gordie Agar (Winnipeg), texts adapted from One Million Footnotes by poet Geof Huth, music loop from Palais de Glace by media artist Talan Memmott.

Source files: notesnoir (CS5.5 + SWF) or Noir-10-CS4.fla

Augmented e-poetry at ELO_AI

Strange things can happen to the reader when printed matter unlocks digital delights!

ELO_AI Arts Installation
ELO_AI Arts Program Installations

In early June an international collection of e-lit was installed in a gallery setting in downtown Providence (Rhode Island, USA) for the Arts Program of the Electronic Literature Organization 2010 Conference (ELO_AI), including my own piece, Underbelly. There were many wonderful works presented but I’d like to pick out a few that made me think about transliteracy in particular: Requiem, Ethereal Landscapes and Between Page And Screen.

The creators of these works augment their digital art and e-poetry with print, employing a delightful topsy-turvy kind of transliteracy, whereby the printed matter becomes a device for reading the digital, rather than the usual way remediation goes when texts originated for print are digitized. Reading these works, you wonder, where is the poem, where is the story? The poem, the art is powerfully and clearly present, but you’re aware that it doesn’t exist in the computer and it doesn’t exist on the page – it’s between these realms, slipping and sliding along the virtuality continuum – or perhaps it’s the reader who is transliterately sliding around in mixed reality?

It’s an experience that simultaneously displaces and enchants the human reader. It slides you into a magical zone where somehow your corporeal reading equipment – eyes (and reading glasses) – have been substituted by a black & white graphic and a webcam or barcode reader. It’s only when, and if, you allow yourself to be transformed like this that the poetry appears for you.

Have a look at the works, see where they take you… Continue reading Augmented e-poetry at ELO_AI

bookish stones

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Electronic Literature Directory launches

Electronic Literature Directory

The Electronic Literature Directory is a resource for readers and writers of born-digital literature. Created by the Electronic Literature Organization, it provides an extensive database listing electronic works, their authors, and their publishers. The descriptive entries are drafted by a community of e-lit authors who also tag each work and identify the techniques used in its creation. Discussions of entries are ongoing and offer a networked, peer-to-peer model for literary review.

This will be a great resource of e-literature, and already contains a substantial amount of work, but it’s just the beginning, there is much more to add! Anyone with an account can submit entries to the Directory (but authors may not write about their own works) and entries must be about e-literature (defined below) although e-lit antecedents, such as Raymond Queneau’s 100,000,000,000,000 Poems, are included.

Electronic Literature refers to works with important literary aspects that take advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the stand-alone or networked computer.

See also the lively debate here: Electronic Literature Directory Gets a Redesign, in response to the question posed, “What do you think about electronic literature? Has it lived up to the hype?”

On a personal note

Visiting the Directory the other day, I was delighted to see some of my early works entered – a surprise too! How odd it felt to read an interpretation of  Heights, that I hadn’t quite intended:

With an eerie sound of wind blowing, the poem describes a fall from the Heights. On its surface, the piece describes a journey to the top of a building and a near disastrous slip. Taken metaphorically, Heights tells a story of faith and doubt, as the writer struggles to hold on for fear of falling.

Certainly, it’s a valid interpretation and I sincerely appreciate it, but since I don’t personally subscribe to a faith, it surprised me. I was tempted to log in to add a qualifying note – my reflex reaction – but really, once a work is published and out there, it has a life of its own. Who am I to meddle? What authority do I have to privilege some interpretations over others? Indeed, thanks Tanci, for making me look at Heights afresh.