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Oh well…

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.

The Sweet Old Etcetera 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 Emblems88 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).

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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!

 

Narrative in video games…

It really doesn’t seem that long ago, that we only had television, movies and books to entertain ourselves… So much have happened in the last decades when it comes to technology and the digital world of entertainment.

Today in class, we looked at a video that our teacher, Mia Zamora, showed us – about the rapid development in the gaming industry. It pretty much says it all:

When you play a game with a great story and awesome graphics and characters, it’s almost as if you are the player in your own digital movie. To be able to control and manipulate the virtual world, simply feels good. Lucky for us the games of today strive for more than just this control, namely; the perfect story. A great story can evoke all kinds of emotions and it’s quite easy to live fully into the story of the game.

Looking back at the early arcade games, like PONG, Pacman and Donkey Kong (I still have my uncle’s Donkey Kong game!) 🙂 – a lot has happened since then. Being a Playstation girl myself, it’s quite unbelievable to compare for example Lara Croft from Tomb Raider (my all time favourite game), when she first appeared on Playstation (1996) and the character that she has become today. Just to show you the big difference in her appearance from “way back then” and today, here are some pictures:

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As you can see, a LOT has happened since 1996! :p

I totally agree with the fact that the designers and the game developers have to – in order to keep the audience entertained,  connect to the player on a deeper level. In comparison with movies, books and so on, games also have to be able to touch us in ways that stories does – with an emotional response. They have to show us characters that we can care about – and a story with a spesific meaning that appeal to us.

Finally…..today it is FRIDAAAAYYYYYYYY! Go home, phone a friend, and start PLAYING! 😀 Have a tremendously GREAT weekend everyone! HUGS!!!XXX

Some thoughts about empathy games…

I’ve been thinking about gaming today. We got to try out some games in class today, and it really put things into perspective for me. Being a single mom and a full time student, I know a thing or two about not having enough money all the time. I played the game called “Spent”, and it made me feel really stressfull and inadequate…. I know what it’s like to have no money at the end of the month, and the good feeling it is to finally make it to payday! 😀

The choices we were given in the game “Spent” was usually quite ok and easy to make in the beginning, such as; would I buy the expensive or the cheaper pair of sneakers to my son (of course I chose the cheaper ones), – but the longer into the game I came, the more difficult, and sometimes impossible, the choices became! When the amount of money were decreasing by the minute, the more difficult the choices became, and in the end you could’t even do the right thing anymore.

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I felt like no matter what choices I made, and how smart and frugal I thought I was, I’d still lost every time….. The game was soooooo frustrating! It made me make choices that I normally would never do, and it made me feel like a criminal. Like driving off after bumping into a parked car because I did’nt have the money to pay the costs….

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I really feel for all the poor people around the world, and at the same time it makes me feel so lucky and fortunate to be able to live in Norway….I am really GRATEFUL. ❤ I have a beautiful and healthy son, a fantastic family, I have love in my life, and a lot of love to GIVE, a roof over my head, food, water and everything I will ever need. We are SO lucky, and it’s important to be grateful for all that we have. ❤ ❤ ❤

Playing this game made me think about how much I HAVE instead of the things I don’t have. Being a mom and a student is a privilege, and even if the money seems to leave my bank account almost before they enter it, well, that’s how it is these days. I’m sure there will come better times in the money department, as soon as I get a job after my studies. But for now, I will enjoy this opportunity I’ve been given, to take this education to ensure a better future for my son and I.

Just some thoughts….. 🙂

Sound Art!

I’ve been surfing on the internet today, looking for interesting Artwork to write about. I found a link to a website on Netnarr’s Reading Roster. I clicked on the Museum of Digital Arts (MuDA) page, and I became utterly fascinated by the artworks! Especially the “Sounds with Pe Lang and Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri”. (May 31, 2018). I was mesmerized by the strange sounds, and suddenly my mind wandered off to a magical forest with frogs and other soundmaking birds and incects. ❤

https://muda.co/stream/pelangwoot.php

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Googled “Magical Forest” and found a suiting picture to top the feeling I got, listening to this peace. ❤

I love how digital Art inspires and stimulates the senses. I can watch art for hours and hours when I have the time and the right mood, and I find myself getting very inspired to make something myself! 🙂 The only thing that stop me really, is mye lack of computer skills. I wanna learn how to be amazing with programs like for example Photoshop and simular tools to make art and digital literature, so I guess I better start learning myself to “rule them all!” Haha!

So….just some private thoughts and feelings today, and now: More treasurehunting for more inspiring artwork! 3

Have a beautiful day in the SUN in Bergen! 🙂 Yay!

Electronic Literature

Today we learned that electronic literature is literary fiction and poetry created for the networks on the internet. An interesting thing is that the genres of electronic literature, while mainly focused on poetics, have connections to other forms of digital culture such as computer games and network art. Key words to remember here are for instance hypertext fiction, digital poetry, kinetic poetry, and interactive fiction.

“Hypertext fiction is a genre of e-lit, characterized by the use of hypertext links that provide a new context for non-linearity in literature and reader interaction”. It was so interesting to take part in the stories we were showned in class, and so muh fun to click on the different links in the story and be able to participate and choose the next move to continue the story. We chose links to move from one node of text to the next, and in this fashion arranges a story from a deeper pool of potential stories.

Another interesting genre is the kinetic poetry. I found some videoes on youtube that could help in the understanding of what kinetic poetry is. Here is one of them:

“Interactive fiction  is software simulating environments in which players use text commands to control characters and influence the environment”. Electronic literature makes the poem, story or the message easier to remember, since you are taking part in it, and it’s a great platform for artists and writers to show off their work.

Digital poetry. I found a website that explained this genre in a pretty good way. Instead of rewriting it, I’m gonna put the link here for you to see. Enjoy the weekend everybody! 🙂

http://www.poetrybeyondtext.org/digital-poetry.html

 

Games!

Horray! Now, we are going to learn and talk avout gaming and games! I don’t know if I would put myself in the cathegory «a gamer», at least not as mich as before I became a mom!

When I first started out gaming, I used to LOVE games like Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot and Oddworld with the funny guy «Abe». 😂 But my all time favourite game has to be Tomb Raider with the real badass-chick Lara Croft! 😍💖👏🏼☀🌸🦋👍🏼

I also enjoy games like The last of us, Resident Evil, Alone in the Dark, etc.

Consoll-gaming is my absolute favourite, but I have to admit that the easy accessed mobile-gaming is what I use the most these days…. On my phone I have two games that I play when I’m bored or just in the mood, and that’s Wordfeud and Toyblast. Toyblast is a bit like CandyCrush, but a lot more fun in my opinion! 🤗💖👍🏼☀🌴🎉

I sometimes get a little alonetime between being a full-time student and mom to an eight year old boy, and I feeling the urge to sit down with my PlayStation and enjoy a little gaming time, and when I do, I always wonder why I don’t do it more often?!!….🤗 It’s sooo much FUN! 🤗💖☀

I’m looking forward to this part of the semester, and wonder what we are going to learn about! 😊☀🦋🌴💖👍🏼

 

Lecture in the Library

Last week we got to hear a lecture in the Library, about sources and refferals, and he also talked about Digital Art. The speaker (sorry, I don’t remember his name), talked about the fact that everytime we use sources for our papers and other work we do, we have to be aware that the source can be wrongly copied in the past. I had really never thought about it before, but it made me more aware that this problem really do exists on the internet today.

Technology sometimes makes it a little risky in terms of correctness when publishing a work we have done. Providing correct sources can change over time if many copy the same source and refer to the same work over and over.
A typo, abbreviation of name etc, – can suddenly give an incorrect reference from the original source and make us unsure about where it originates from. It’s important to look closely at sources to check the facts about it, and sometimes it is a good idea to make the author aware of the problem if you find one. That is, if it can be done.
The speaker also talked about Art, and he gave us a couple of examples of digital art that can be altered on the internet because of new digital tools and mass production, artists and creativity.
He mentiones Andy Warhol and showed us a picture of Marilyn Monroe that he became especially famous for. That was really interesting and educational.
It has really been an informative week with many different aspects og digital culture and Art, and I’m looking forward to the next topics on the calendar. 🙂 Have a GREAT weekend!

Lecture in the Library

Last week we got to hear a lecture in the Library, about sources and refferals, and he also talked about Digital Art. The speaker (sorry, I don’t remember his name), talked about the fact that everytime we use sources for our papers and other work we do, we have to be aware that the source can be wrongly copied in the past. I had really never thought about it before, but it made me more aware that this problem really do exists on the internet today.

Technology sometimes makes it a little risky in terms of correctness when publishing a work we have done. Providing correct sources can change over time if many copy the same source and refer to the same work over and over.
A typo, abbreviation of name etc, – can suddenly give an incorrect reference from the original source and make us unsure about where it originates from. It’s important to look closely at sources to check the facts about it, and sometimes it is a good idea to make the author aware of the problem if you find one. That is, if it can be done.
The speaker also talked about Art, and he gave us a couple of examples of digital art that can be altered on the internet because of new digital tools and mass production, artists and creativity.
He mentiones Andy Warhol and showed us a picture of Marilyn Monroe that he became especially famous for. That was really interesting and educational.
It has really been an informative week with many different aspects og digital culture and Art, and I’m looking forward to the next topics on the calendar. 🙂 Have a GREAT weekend!

Digital Art

Finally, I get to look at, – and talk about art in school! 🙂 Yay! First, we started out with memes, and tinkered with selfmade memes in lab. It was a bit difficult at first, but with a little help and some time and effort, even I made one! ;p So much fun! We had a good laugh in class, and some students had a really good sense of humor…..

On wednesdag the 31. of January we got a lecture from a guest speaker about art with letters and words, and the development in artistic work and expressions over the years, and that was really interesting. Dr. Leonardo Flores‘  lecture on “Third Generation Electronic Literature” . It was a funny and interesting lecture, and it really made me be more aware of the different things I see on the internet.  I just love when I get inspired like that! 🙂 ❤

I find myself looking more at pictures and the way for example text is incorporated in pictures and paintings, I look at digital art, photographs, drawings, pictures, memes, gif’s and more, in a slightly different and more carefully way than before. The way that digital art affects us in our daily life is also really fascinating, and it’s interesting too look at the different ways an artist uses tools and knowledge to influence the way we percieve things – and to get their messages through to us.

Have a nice weekend and enjoy the beauuuuuutiful weather in Bergen! :p

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Making memes…

Today we made memes in class! 🤗👏🏼❤ IT was so much fun! I can SEE there are many creative people in DIKULT103 this semester! Wow! I had a little trouble posting the meme I made at first, but with some help I finally got it right. 🤗👍🏼 Thanks! 😜💖☀🎉👍🏼 And guys… it’s FRIDAAAAAYYYYY!!! And the sun is actually shining!!! Yay! Have a great weekend everyone! 🦋💖😍☀🤗