Today I am a bit..sad? Thinking about the fact that the DIKULT103 semester with Mia Zamora is over, well it is kind of sad. I have had so much fun, I have learned so many interesting things, and she really have inspired me to be more creative! One thing that has actually caught my attention in particular, is E-lit. I thought that Digital Art and Gaming would be the two most interesting subjects, but it turns out that I really like the Elctronic Literature much more than I thought I would.
I found a vast amount of inspiring and beautiful E-lit work on the ELC pages, and I have been wathing a lot of them over and over.
One of them is called “The sweet old Etcetera” and is made by Alison Clifford; – “In the manner of a composer and librettist setting a classic text for an opera, Clifford deftly adapts the poetry of e.e. cummings – notorious for its visual and textual punning – to the Flash environment. The elegance of the visuals along with the evocative audio track evoke a child-like playfulness, and encourages the reader to play as well, as the interactivity is only deduced in the act of engagement. Clifford is careful with each poem of the suite she’s curated, and she transports Cummings’ poetry into a new hermeneutical dimension, suggesting in reverse the graphic and kinetic possibilities that are possible with the static print page”. (http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/clifford_the_sweet_old_etcetera.html).
It is sooo relaxing to watch, and the soothing sound of a single guitar string playing in different notes when you click on letters and symbols, blends perfectly in with the rest of the art work. All the different modalities connect together in a perfect harmony.
Another electronig Literature piece that I really like is this one: “88 Constellations for Wittgenstein” by David Clark.(http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/clark_wittgenstein.html).
“Exquisitely designed with a confident, understated visual vocabulary relying on icons and degraded images, 88 Constellations at times can feel like a really well-made independent documentary, but one which swerves from seemingly normative biographical reportage into visual puns, fantastic associations, and quirky digressions. Infused with the paradox, playfulness and occasional paranoia of the philosopher’s life, this is a massive work with circles-within-circles logic that would take several hours to exhaust. Like William Poundstone’s New Digital Emblems, 88 Constellations is a tour-de-force interactive, multimedia essay about the ludic that extends the activities of its purported subject like “a philosophical fortune cookie.” (collection.eliterature.org).
These are two very different Electronic Literature work, and they are both very interesting in their own way. This last piece have a totally different form of expression than the first one. But I recommend everyone to watch them both, and to check out many more of the digitl artworks you find on The ELC pages! Enjoy!