just want to sit back and let it unfold for me.
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 and Kanjis are at this level)
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).
Factory: A great little flash commentary
is fun, where handwritten words morph on the screen.
Nestvold, Joe's Heartbeat in
Budapest: An argument where your
responses are limited.
Is a very short graphic work controlled through radio buttons.
the Land Mine provides a game where if you win, you lose your
hands. A powerful political statement.
poetry combines written words and speech.
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)
Cleary: a text based hypertext exploring a violent incident
with the Riverside Shakespeare (HTML)
a simple truth/lies structure: text only (HTML)
a playfully structured work: each node has 253 words (HTML)
want something that has a little hypertext but is close to a print work.
Fits is a novella with links at the
bottom and an intriguing story line
Ingles' Same Day Test:
A "choose your own adventure" story with consequences
want to play around with pieces provided for me.
interactive jazz piece. Move the pieces around to hear the music and
create your own sounds/phonemes of meaning.
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)
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.
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.
Luesebrink's works combine imagery and navigation with stories
with characters that breathe. Try something smaller like Fibbonnacci's
Daughter (about a store in the mall offering numerology fortunes)
before going on to more ambitious works such as Book
of Going Forth by Day and Califia
(Eastgate Systems)--where three characters search California past and
present for gold.
Sullivan's Beautopia (visual
index): This is a treatise on women's
beauty, expectations, and the author's memories.
0ne is a connected novel made from Gweneth's diary as she goes
(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
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
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.
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.)
(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