November 27, 2007
One of the memorable moments of May’s Future of Electronic Literature symposium was a first look at slippingglimpse — a new work of e-poetry from Stephanie Strickland, Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, and Paul Ryan. It’s a great combination of text, visuals, and a thought-provoking concept, resulting in water reading text reading technology reading video. Or, as they put it:
the water reads the poem text (full-screen mode) using motion capture coding that assigns the text to locations of movement in the water;
the poem text reads image/capture technologies (scroll-text mode) by sampling and recombining words of visual artists who describe their use of digital techniques – it then explores older capture technologies, such as harvesting plants for food and flax for paper;
the image-capture video reads the water, reading for and enhancing water flow patterns (chreods) to which dynamical systems return even as they continuously change (best seen in hi-rez mode).
There’s much more to read in the essay “Dovetailing Details Fly Apart — All Over, Again, In Code, In Poetry, In Chreods. It’s “enfolded” as part of electronic book review’s new addition to the electropoetics thread.