Carrying on with discovering what electronic literature is all about, I’m now going to give a brief analysis of a chosen elit piece that I found interesting. I will also include an elit piece that I’ve made.
So let’s get crackin’
The electronic literature piece “Toucher” is created by Serge Bouchardon, Kevin Carpentier and Stéphanie Spenlé in 2009. I would argue that this elit piece is highly interactive. As soon as I clicked on the piece I had to choose how I would like to read this text. In order to read a text or hear a sound, in other words, interact with a text I have to use the mouse on my computer. The first thing I see in “Toucher” is a single hand where the words “Move”, “Caress”, “Hit”, “Spread” and “Blow” are written on each fingertip. As I click on these I’m shown a description of what to do in order to read the specific text. For instance in “Move” I initially see the sentence “Do you touch me when I touch you”. If I use the mouse on my computer to move over the words in that sentence it will change and create a new meaning. I felt that “Hit” was the one that stood the most out because in order to read the text I had to hit a fly that was moving. As the fly was moving the screen was filled with a lot of “Z’s” and the buzzing sound of a fly was heard in the background. In my case, I clicked the hell out of that fly to see what was written behind, which later made me think: “this is exactly how I click my way through the Internet, just in a slower tempo”. How I see it, this entire piece is making connections to the brutality of the click – how we maneuver through the Internet with multiple clicks, and that we have to click the links in order to see what’s on the other side.
Reading a text as a digital reader differ from the “original” reader. In contrast to the first physical act of reading a book, by touching it and turn the page, as a digital reader, or in other words, experiencing “Toucher”, the physical act of reading requires a mouse, a microphone and a camera. The interactivity lies in clicking, moving and swiping the mouse in order to read the text behind. What I liked the most about “Toucher” is the meaning, or at least my meaning, behind this piece – how we click our way through the Internet to discover what’s behind the curtains.
Making a hypertext story
We were offered a chance to be creative by either trying to make a twitter bot, participate in the current #Netprov or try to make a hypertext story. My attempt on making a hypertext story is not a great one if I would say so myself, my I quite enjoyed trying. I tried the inklewriter application which was a fun forum to tinker in. I focused more on the process of making electronic literature rather than the content. At least I made something that might be presentable, but I for me the most important part was to learn how to make a hypertext story. I also feel it is connected to the analysis written above because a hypertext is connected with the click. You chose which link you click to create a story. In my hypertext story I provided two alternative stories. The link to the story can be found here. As Mia explained in here latest post, a hypertext story can easily be created. You could even use Google docs or Google slides. It was fun to have a chance to be creative. Even though we didn’t have any lectures for three weeks I sure did learn a lot about the possibilities within electronic literature.
So this is officially the last blog post I will ever write in this course. It has been a great way of learning the content in this course and a great tool for being creative. I had a lot of fun making memes and gifs and I’m glad I chose this course as an optional subject. I’m now signing off and will prepare for the final test – the exam :’)