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Student Projects

Adam White and Daniel Byers
This is the House that Jack Built


William Durette
30 Poems


Sight Syllable Solitaire


Alice Liu


Scott Kolp
The Keats Machine


Untitled (“2 Grid”)


Raphael Lee
What We Want


Il Pleut


Joshua Spechler
QuBit Poetry


A Picture Poem


Elliott Breece
A Sunrise We Were Bound to Miss


Daniel Byers
The Transmogrification of Cu Chulainn 


Adam White
Fireworks Over Fuji
Fireworks Over Fuji 2
Fireworks Over Fuji 3


The Great Hatsby

TheGreatHatsby is the name of an AIM bot that instigates conversation between two totally unrelated people. Its name is a play on words from the book The Great Gatsby. It is a relay bot that retrieves the most recently updated Live Journal posts and obtains the AIM screenname of the posting user. It then sends the user the message “i say, old bean, have you seen my hat?”


Someone sent this to me in response to the “Word Disassociation” that Adam had sent on. Not quite the same thing, but you Maya-heads will get a kick out of it — electronic writing in Maya! There is a version in French and English.


Judd Morrissey, The Jew’s Daughter

You can leave comments here for The Jew’s Daughter. Here’s a bit to start you off:

Morrissey..explored the subject of textual context and reconfiguration in The Jew’s Daughter, a work in which rolling over active words changes passages of text on the same screen, as opposed to prompting a change of screen. The screen stays while the text changes, embodying Michael Joyce’s notion that “electronic text replaces itself.” Shifting the content’s context destabilizes the act and process of reading. The reader of The Jew’s Daughter learns to expect disorientation within the words themselves. To extract a quote from The Jew’s Daughter, and thus to participate in decontextualizing content: “Things seek realization in new configurations” (screen 221).

From The Iowa Review, “The Very Essence of Poetry” by Jessica Pressman.

Individual Presentations

Following are the individual assignments for class presentations over the next month. Please do a “walk through” of your 2-3 pieces and have a few discussion questions ready. This should all take 10-15 minutes; it’s very informal, merely a way to expose ourselves to lots of different work.

April 4

Lisa Oliver

Andrew Fox

Daniel Cannizzaro

April 11

Jason French

Scott Kolp

Adam White

April 18

Raphael Lee

Daniel Byers

William Durette

April 25

Alice Liu

Elliott Breece

Joshua Spechler

The Medium is the Massage


I couldn’t find anything too provocative on the web for this one, so this is from Wikipedia:

While today it looks like a black and white copy of Wired magazine, and its prose reads more or less like boilerplate for any of the heady techno-utopian pronouncements of the 1990s, it should be noted that it presaged the development of the original ARPANET by two years, and preceded the widespread civilian use of the Internet by almost twenty. For this and other reasons McLuhan is often given the moniker “prophet.”

Go to town…

David Clark

Net’s flavor of the month…

“A is for Apple is an interactive work that investigates a cryptography of the apple. Using an ever expanding series of associative links, the work looks for hidden meanings, coincidences and insights that stem from the apple. This leads to a vast web of references from western metaphysics, popular culture, the history of cryptography, ideas of language, and psychoanalytic theory.”

“Godard once said that a film must have a beginning, middle and an end but not necessarily in that order. MEANWHILE explores new ways to detour from the well-trodden path of narrative by giving the viewer a choice at the end of each scene as to which direction in time they want to move in the story.
The nine scenes in this screwball comedy can be seen in any order; each path revealing the intricate interconnectivity of the characters follies, obsessions, and ambitions.”




Handwritten Calendar

I thought this was pretty cool:

What We Will

Here’s a really successful electronic writing piece that takes great advantage of 360 degree photography, sound and interface. It’s a collaboration between John Cayley, Giles Perring, Douglas Cape, and others – they call it “broadband interactive drama.” Definitely worth checking out.

What We Will

Jeffrey Jones, 70 Scenes of Halloween


The following is from the Village Voice review of the original production of 70 Scenes of Halloween in 1980:

Jones’s deadpan farce with intellectual aspirations ends long after it should, but on the other hand it could end anywhere. Time in the play is out of joint, non-continuous, as fragmented as a series of television programs. It does not flow forward with the certainly of out-and-out narrative; events follow one another in a series of near repetitions, so that you feel they are overlapping.

Unlike most plays, 70 Scenes does not seem to be taking place in time at all, but in space. It is as if each scene were a discrete sketch traced onto the thinnest of translucent paper, and then all 70 of the tracings were juxtaposed one on top of the other in order to create a complex, multilayered drawing in which the lines were sometimes a little fuzzy but the total image was deep and singular and memorable.

It is also possible to interpret the play with old fashioned Freudian tools. Then you would say that the Beast and the Witch personified the sexual underminds of Jeff and Joan, although I would prefer them to remain the separate creatures they so palpably are on stage.

Although he gently needles them, Jones seems to have an affection for the characters he created. One thing I take him to be saying is this: In a sexual age which rightly relegates D. H. Lawrence to a dim time of prerevolution, the dominion of the libido is finally populated with likable citizens.

Jopes’ website has complete editions of other plays of his, as well as his provocative manifesto against mainstream drama, “Geezer Theater”:

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