Electronic Literature Review – My Body, A Wunderkammer
My body, a wunderkammer, is a hypertext fiction created by Shelley Jackson, with help from John Wesley Harding and Ken Fricklas. The hypertext combines text and image, and the author claims it’s a semi-autographical piece.
The electronic literature is about a woman’s body, and this is the first thing we see when opening the piece, except from the very start where we hear heavy breathing being played. The piece is a mix of the multimodal elements of image, text, sound and links. Certain parts of the woman’s body is highlighted with boxes and names, and all the boxes are clickable. The artwork is monochrome, with black background and white lineart. The highlighted parts/boxes of the drawing has detail while the other parts does not.
As we interact with different parts of her body, like for example her shoulder, we get re-directed to another site with text and a small illustration of what we just clicked, in this case an upper body with shoulders. The text we find describes something the woman associates with the body part, and words in the text is highlighted and clickable by hyperlink. When we’re done reading about the shoulder, we can click one of the links and read about a different body part. There does not seem to be any distinct linear order in which you have to read the texts, all you do is click around and see where it takes you. The different pieces of text are all individual stories, which seeminly no connection to eachother except the author itself.
As we explore the links, we learn quite a bit about the woman. She does apparently have a tail, thick eyebrows and a nose piercing. There does not appear to be any symbolic language used in the text, it’s all very descriptive and like a small story with each click. The meaning you must take from the text is literal, as it seems, because of what the woman wants to tell with each story. It is however unclear if the story is fictional or not, considering her «tail», but at the same time the author has said that it’s a semi-autographical piece. This can perhaps mean that the stories told is how the author sees her body?
Tinkering with elit – Twitter bot
I was looking forward to learning how to set up a twitter bot, and to be honest it surprised me how simple it was. I decided to create a bot for one of my favorite characters from the game Overwatch, Zenyatta.
Zenyatta is an omnic/a robot, so making him into a «bot» seems fitting. I put 100 of his lines into the bot thing so every 2 hours he will post one of his quotes from the game! I honestly love him so much, he is my child hahaha.
It’s over, isn’t it?
Upon writing this blog I realized it’s the last one I’m going to write for this course. It feels like a bittersweet victory, like I managed to climb my way to the top of a mountain but I enjoyed the climb so much the top disappoints me. The view is gorgeous though – and I’ve learned a lot during the journey.
While admittedly I did not have a lot to learn about gaming or digital art – as both are one of my interests already I knew a lot, but learning about electronic literature made me happy! It opened a new world to me, a world I did not know existed even though I had stumbled upon it before (facade). It was interesting seeing how literature has evolved until something that’s not just words on paper or a screen, but words that can move, blink, disappear, re-appear and so on. I will probably be spending some more time exploring electronic literature even after this course, and since I have an interest within HTML, art and writing I could make something of my own one day? Netnarr has certainly inspired me.
Mia, thank you so much for teaching us and for being such a lovely human. And to this blog… I will visit you once in a while, I promise.