Interactive Works (hypertext)
Diagrams Series 6
Diagrams Series 6 is the
latest in a life-long series of Diagram Poems, the earliest
experimentations for which began in 1968. Although I have been making
interactive works since 1988, Diagrams
Series 6 is actually my first work written in a fully
interactive way: from beginning to end in one interactive environment
where the word object is playable at every stage of its development,
from temporary unassembled scrap all the way to its final location in a
finished piece. This environment is part of an ongoing project which I
call Hypertext in the Open Air, and is implemented in a programming
system called Squeak. It allows the works to be played on all popular
computing platforms, including Macintosh, BSD, Linux, and Windows.
Diagrams Series 6 strives
to return to the intense diagrammicity of some of my earlier
non-interactive works, Diagrams Series 4 and Diagrams
Series 3. The diagram notation acts as a kind of external
syntax, allowing word objects to carry interactivity deep inside the
sentence. Interactivity, in turn, allows for juxtapositions to be
opened so that the layers in cluster can occupy the same space and yet
be legible. A problem we all have: a multiplicity, we must all occupy
the same world space, do no harm, and yet be free. Carrying
multiplicity inside the thought, inside the sentence: the thought as
world. At a time when our world is in deep painful need of more
multiplicity of thought.
This work is presented as a "fat download".
Diagrams Series 5
This work is presented here in its entirety. Diagrams Series 5 is
a work in progress. As more diagrams are completed they will be added
to the work. This work represents a return to the intense
of my earlier paper-based Diagram Poems (e.g. Diagrams
To view this work you will need a Java-enabled browser. 32M of
should be sufficient on Windows, but may not be enough on Macintosh; if
you are using iCab on the Macintosh
is enough, but for Netscape or IE you may need 48M.
These works were originally implented in HyperCard, ported to
using Oracle Media Objects, and converted (by hand, alas) to the web
a software environment called Jamba,
Barrier Frames: Finality Crystal Shunt Curl Chant Quickening Giveaway
This work comprises 9 very densely layered "nested simlutaneities".
It is an almost pure spatial hypertext. The only structuring is
inside clusters nested several layers deep. This work does not use the
diagram syntax as do so many of my other electronic works.
The sample here is section 4, which is one of 9. (It it one of
ones.) To view it you will need a Java-enabled browser. Please be
during pre-load. There is an initial pre-load in which the page will be
blank; then you will see a message that it is loading graphics, with a
progress indication. When the word cluster appears, it is ready. It
best if you start with the cursor at the bottom right. Move the cursor slowly
in the direction of a cluster. When you get near the cluster, a stack
rectangles appears. (The one which is on top first is chosen by the
at random.) To view the other members of the cluster, move the mouse
to one of the other rectangles. There may be clusters inside the
This Java sample was implemented using a software environment
Intergramsis a set of interactive poems published by Eastgate
Systems. Alas, it is not possible to achieve the effect of Intergramsin
HTML. (A Jamba version, as for The Barrier Framesabove, will
be available here shortly.) Intergramsuses "simultaneities" --
clusters of phrases on top of one another activated by "no-click"
Following the link above will take you to some screen shots connected
conventional link buttons. This "isn't" Integrams, but will
you an idea of what some of the screens look like. Click on the "blank
links" underneath the graphic to change among screens; this somewhat
what happens in the real work when the mouse is moved without clicking.
For a review of Intergrams see "Colloquy
and Intergrams" by Richard Gess, published in PERFORATIONS 3.
(Lynx users please note the Intergrams link is highly
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Jim Rosenberg's home page o Poetries
This work is the successor to Intergrams. Simultaneities in
this work include polylinear "word nets" and subdiagrams. The same
as above for Intergramsapply here. (Note the stanzas on my home
page are extractions from this work.)
I had been at work on this piece but a short time when the
news arrived that John Cage had died. At that time I found myself
a phrase that other friends also found helpful: "John Cage: Not in
but in use, in continuous use." This work represents an infinitesimal
of that continuous use.
(Lynx users please note the Diffractions through
highly graphics intensive.)
Diffractions through and The Barrier Frames are
together as a single title by Eastgate