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. This work represents a return to the intense "diagramicity" of my earlier paper-based Diagram Poems (e.g. Diagrams Series 4.)

These works were originally implented in HyperCard, ported to Windows using Oracle Media Objects, and converted (by hand, alas) to the web using a software environment called Jamba, (no longer available).

Intergrams is a set of interactive poems originally published by Eastgate Systems and now available as a download here. It constitutes my first fully interactive work. For a brief history of Intergrams, click here.

For a review of Intergrams see "Colloquy and Intergrams" by Richard Gess, published in PERFORATIONS 3

Diffractions through: Thirst weep ransack (frailty) veer tide elegy
This work is the successor to Intergrams, and was originally published by Eastgate Systems. It is available as a download here. Simultaneities in this work include polylinear "word nets" and subdiagrams. (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 sad news arrived that John Cage had died. At that time I found myself repeating a phrase that other friends also found helpful: "John Cage: Not in memoriam but in use, in continuous use." This work represents an infinitesimal fragment of that continuous use.

The Barrier Frames: Finality Crystal Shunt Curl Chant Quickening Giveaway Stare
This work comprises 9 very densely layered "nested simultaneities". It is an almost pure spatial hypertext. The only structuring is clusters inside clusters nested several layers deep. This work does not use the diagram syntax as do so many of my other electronic works. It was originally published by Eastgate Systems, and is available here.


The sample here is section 4, which is one of 9. (It is one of the smaller ones.) To view it you will need a Java-enabled browser. Please be patient 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 works 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 of rectangles appears. (The one which is on top first is chosen by the computer at random.) To view the other members of the cluster, move the mouse slowly to one of the other rectangles. There may be clusters inside the rectangles, too.

This Java sample was implemented using a software environment called Jamba (no longer available).

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