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Alan Bigelow
Alan Bigelow writes digital stories for the web.  These stories are created in Flash and use images, text, audio, video, and other components.  These stories are created for viewing on the web, although they can be (and have been) shown as gallery installations.

Alan Bigelow's work, installations, and conversations concerning digital fiction have appeared in Turbulence.org, Rhizome.org, Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, FILE 2007/2008, Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus, E-Poetry 2007, Art Tech Media, JavaMuseum.org, Electrofringe 2008,  Root Division, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, chico.art.net, and elsewhere.  Recently, in addition to teaching full-time at Medaille College, he was a visiting online lecturer in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University, UK.

Artist Statement:

"What They Said" (2008) is  a commentary on mass media and its use of authoritarian messages, both outright and subliminal, to influence culture and political will.  The work is created in Flash, and uses a synthesized combination of text, images, and audio; its interface is a hybrid of television and radio visual elements intended to enhance the user experience and require their participation in the viewing of the work. "What They Said" is meant not just as a commentary on mass media, and how it is used, both intentionally and by media programmers' blind acquiescence to political paradigms, to distort meaning and manipulate citizens worldwide; it also suggests our own culpability, as the ones who turn on the media devices and listen to the messages. We bear some responsibility for the perpetuation of these messages, and we are the ones, if we have the will, to turn them off. This work uses images, video, and audio files acquired online, and modified by the artist. A credits page is included in the work.

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