Monday, 28th January, 2008
I have had a rotten, stinking cold, and a deadline on Wednesday to be presenting work as a nice warm up and QA with the MA Poetic Practice group (to lube up my lobes for a gig in Providence – more on that later) so I’ve been working through Lemsip goggles to get the first of 6 panels of my new piece of work – Ideas on Oedipal Bitstreams – up and running. Several disappointing figurings of this work led to having to scrap it 3 times and start from scratch.
A response to Brian Kim Stefans’ Rational Geomancy work, the piece foregrounds materialities of print and digital media, and has a good hard scratch at any idea of aura surrounding an original text. Fanks, Walter. Have a play with it, release the words from their booksurface bastille!
Much Photoshop work, much Flash work. But finally I’ve reached the balance of vocabulary through electronic cutups I need to produce versions of the work which are textually interesting in their output and which are the correct degree of fragmentation for realistic and yet still challenging performance. To this end, each panel is in fact 2 – one ‘fast’ version, one slow – both with the same content and in fact interaction strategy. Try the fast one first.
Slow (play around but be aware there’s a delay!)
These files are about 800K each, and I haven’t put in a loading bar yet. Please be patient while it loads – trust me, it will.
They’re still not finished, as there is supposed to be another level of tension between fixity in texts (pre-determined spatial layouts) and the randomness / interactive combination brought about by the text avoidance of the mouse cursor. In the slow version, the temporal points BETWEEN states are another performance dimension.
EDIT: 6 panels is likely to be impossibly optimistic in the timeframe. More like 3. Ho hum.