A fictional biography made up from an old photograph album and some memorabilia. Perhaps they were your ancestors, or like them. There are four main navigational clusters (numbers, old people, bathing, and marriage) reachable from the little device at lower right corner. A good, simple starting point.
presents Marsha's homepage on Angels at three points; it begins as a naive first venture technically supported by husband Mike but declines into anguish and madness as the site is attacked/undermined by demons. Small, efficient site.
"takes you inside emma's consciousness for one evening. she's home with the baby, while her husband, david, is out. she goes through the therapeutic rituals of feeding, bathing, and putting the baby to bed, while her mind ricochets, haunting her with painful memories and projected fears. men and relationships figure prominently into the equation. the baby's world sucks you in, too." --WalkerArt Gallery. Slight audio.
Austere site, black with white dialogue and images in small frames: What passes between her and him on the day he returns from the War. Popular. Has inspired variations.
We follow the deteriorating mental processes of Matt Blackburn, mall architect, as he slides toward the ultimate Mall crime. Something of a navigational maze with many cross links, but the NEXT button will take you straight through, if that is the way you want to go.
253-word character sketches (cross-linked) of persons in the seven cars/carriages of this Bakerloo train suggest the beginning of a many-threaded novel. Their narrative plots and plans are radically transformed by the crash of the train. Prizes. Print edition available. (Reviewed in Salon, March 1997).
"These Waves of Girls is a hypermedia novella exploring memory, girlhoods, cruelty, childhood play and sexuality. The piece is composed as a series of small stories, artifacts, interconnections and meditations from the point of view of a four year old, a ten-year old, a twenty year old... (opens in new window)." Stunningly arrayed with digital imagery. Winner of Electronic Literature Organization's 2001 Award for Fiction.
Nine months of journal entries by an 81 year-old Bay Area painter. All text. Malloy calls it a work of public art/literature. Exhibited at the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Four short stories/vignettes which alternate images and text in a left-to-right scroll. Relation of text to image is often oblique and uncanny.
Brief poems, high visual content. Flash.
Robert Kendall's Showcase for Hypertext Poetry and Fiction. Mostly poetry. Assoc. ed. Marjorie Luesebrink.
Using memory flashbacks intermingled with details of life and background noises, this poem tells the story of a mental breakdown, resulting in part from spending too much time surfing the internet. The various word choices, colors, and screen designs seem random, but contribute to the schizophrenic theme in the work. Click quickly on the chosen link--before it changes on its own.
Knoebel integrates words, sound, images, and viewer participation to bring his poetry to life. He provides guides for novices, so have fun exploring and look for the magic--his poems move!
A collection of works that combine image, words, and sound. The poet is interested in poly-media and poly-linear interactive works. The images are intriguing, and the poet uses Flash, French, and the participants' mouse clicks to produce the full effect.
Pure Flash, a mixture of animated text and music, taps into the terrible force of loneliness in the torrent of personal ad messages. Reminiscent of Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries.
Nashville psychologist, writing therapist, and web artist Tom Bell writes highly visual poetry with many dynamic HTML effects (no Flash!).
A compilation of poetry about Vietnam. Each picture in the homepage collage opens a new poem in the series. The same picture becomes the navigation tool through the poem, ultimately returning back to the opening collage. [Director] Co-winner trAce-ALTX Contest 1999.
Compare Alexa Oleson, Underground in Vietnam . Needs darkened room. Main page selector on right side.
Recalls growing up Black in the late 50's and 60's in the Army. Juxtaposes images of the personal and the political. [Artist's Statement] ASCI99 winner
Seven narrative strips linked to moles on her body (as depicted) about coming out lesbian. [Artist's Statement] ASCI99 winner.
"a moving, somewhat melancholic hyperfiction centering (quite literally) on the atomic bomb, and citable above all for its eloquent prose and clarity of design."--Robert Coover, judge of trAce/altx contest 1998 (Honorable Mention) Two activists, long parted, remember their time together as anti-bomb demonstrators and lovers.
Kokura uses only one image (a map); for a very different approach, see Jonathan Yuen's Memoirs from Hijayama. (Hijayama is a park in downtown Hiroshima.)
A large, very detailed display of the Detroit that was and the fall of buildings, houses, streets, and places of one of the capital cities of Industrial America.
A 9/11 memorial based on the falling of pieces of documents from the Twin Towers. Audio, Flash.
"the spectre of dead capital as interpreted by Diana, zombie princess"-- Resists the media treatment of Princess Diana's funeral. Image-text chains. Brief, and breaks off.
MORTAL COILS fragments, reflects, tilts, and refracts the knot of grief at loss, the absence of the dead. In 1993 and early 1994 fifteen friends died, each death altering the interchange of our work, our lives. A visual memorial, it addresses symbolic and figurative representations of death, and the incapacity of our culture to attend to personal loss and grief. - CS.
Records an installation in SF where sheets were hung with the images of Irish women who washed clothes in the Magdalen Laundries in later 19th and 20th century Ireland during and after their illegitimate pregnancies. For comparisons and background, see www.netreach.net/~steed/magdalen.html; And see notes on voices and music at www.mcnabb.com/music/works/magdalen.html
Posing the question "If you have created both textile and web-work, where do you see the similarities?" to textile industry workers in and around Nottingham, this site reports their replies (and those of others), along with poetry and evocations of this skilled work that is closing down in the face of new technology.
Latham, who works for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, here evokes bits of the lives families lived in the wartime housing of Oak Ridge. Rhizome is circumspect. Sites for comparison are The Victory Home and Building the Suburban Dream. Flash, but with user choices.
An examination of "networking" among the wealthy and powerful a century ago, Esther Parada's work Transplant: A Tale of Three Continents follows the marriage of Mary Victoria Leiter, a Chicago heiress, and George Nathaniel Curzon, a British lord who became Viceroy of India. Two plants, cinchona (quinine) and wheat, traverse the bounds of this familial, commercial and geographic alliance. Lord Curzon's stellar diplomatic career was launched with the aid of Levi Leiter's wealth, gained in part from speculation in the grain market, while the British presence in India depended on quinine for sustaining the health of its bureaucracy and troops. Parada emphasizes that this is no simple tale of morality, but one that can challenge the polarities through which we tend to view historical events.
Carol Flax's Journey:1900-2000 evokes similar attitudes toward travel and the exotic.
Mr. Beller uses aerial maps of lower Manhattan to locate various sites of poetry, fiction, and some images as each conveys some bit of life in the 'hood.
a virtual tour of five downtown locations along Manhattan's famous thoroughfare. The site equates the city with media space by layering panoramic images of the five locations with movies and animations interspersed with text, voice-over narration, and sounds of the street. Weintraub is interested in the simultaneous experience of reading, seeing, and hearing as a metaphor for the dynamics of urban life. Rather than present a frozen, literal view, as is typical of panoramic photography, Weintraub evokes the density and complexity of city space.See also her Pedestrian (1997)
Needs MGI plugin (for Windows)--see www.mgisoft.com (now www.iseemedia.com). A rich site, worth the effort.
"This project is a sort of virtual guide to the most interesting parts of New York City (at least from my point of view). But it isn't a guide in the usual sense. While "walking" through these Web pages you can, as you choose, find yourself "standing" on a particular street, you can walk or go by subway direction you want, you can meet people and even "talk to them". In contrast to traditional maps, the aim of NYCMap is not to document the layout of the city or point out its most famous tourist attractions. With the NYCMap I've tried to capture the atmosphere, the energy, or that Something which I think makes New York City so curiously different from other cities with skyscrapers. At the same time, this project is my personal diary, a document of time I spent there since 1999." [Audio]
To be completed. Has explanatory essay.
"Tour Code City and uncover a series of interactive maps, historic photographs and essays that detail how housing policy changes the cities we live in."
"Experience the sites and sounds of the Museum's historic tenement. The Virtual Tour features photos and in-depth information about some of the residents of 97 Orchard." [QTVR and Real Audio.]
"BUY ONE GET ONE derives its name from happy hour at Sphinx in Soi Silom, Bangkok. The project explores a digital (co)existence that is borne out of net technology. While Southeast Asia builds Cyberjaya and Africa safaris on the net, we travel to test the limits of national and electronic border patrols."
Portelli, an Italian ethnographer, goes to the much-visited Harlan County (e.g. by Barbara Kopple) to find the American working class and instead discovers a powerful and strange religiousity.
New Documentary: multimedia and with viewer contributions. Compare sites at www.ekurd.net/documentary. And compare the huge folio by Susan Meisalis (a major source).
Hypertext collages of clips and images from interviews with three Americans about their relation to their landscapes: a Long Island man remembers the suburbs of his youth; a Manhattan digital artist speaks of her new home in eastern Kentucky; and a Northern California pollution specialist reflects on some of the ways his environment is polluted. Winner, New Media/New Art award, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2001. [Needs also Quicktime player]
Evocation of the Midwestern landscape, especially Ft. Wayne to Indianapolis, IN. Flash, but mainly text.
Rome pix. More sunlight than GhostCity.
A little game with unusual prizes.
Plots paths from point to point in Manhattan so as to pass the minimum number of surveillance cameras.
An activist group that performs before surveillance cameras, leads neighboring mapping seminars, (and writes manifestos).
And see New York Surveillance Camera Project--better and more complete maps than SCP's.
A journal of a citizen's project of counter-surveillance, suggesting these activities affect the head.
Learn a few Indian English words as you consider the investment prospects of remote video monitoring of intersections in Mumbai.
A kind of five-panel slide show of images and brief texts from media coverage of the Group of 8 Summit in Genoa in July of 2001 where a young protestor, Carlo Guilani, was killed by riot police. It has a very large audio clip that greatly enhances the power of the images.
Compare Jae-oun No's G8/The Highclass of the World on an earlier meeting in Okinawa.
This project stems from reports I found online linking collective hallucination experienced by women in South Asian microelectronics factories to globalization. Using the platform of an online search engine and video footage I shot on-site at a microelectronics factory in India, this project explored the often-mythologized links between hysteria and women's labor. (PM)
YHCHI and Candy Factory do two versions of elegies for an abandoned microchip factory in Scotland. Making the world safer for failed globalism.
Ju (now Dr.) Gosling tells of her struggle with Scheuermann's disease. Links to her Ph.D hyperthesis.
Makes visible the struggles of thre women with fibromyalgia and other diseases and diagnoses. Richly visual.
Various pieces here concerning living with Bipolar Illness (in New York). Don't miss the little Red Christmas tree.
Evokes the bafflement and thwarting, even to the point of death, of people seeking to cross boundaries, not only in the Southwestern US but in Europe as well.
an exhibit of retablos, painted votive signs extending throughout the 20th century.
"Over 20,000 immigrants are currently being detained by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Hard Place . . . allows visitors to enter INS detention centers and see the conditions that detainees face every day."
The Machsom (Checkpoint) Watch is a group of Israeli women who station themselves as observers to protect the human and civil rights of Palestinians passing through the checkpoints controlled by the Israeli police and soldiers. Begun in 2001, their further aim is "to report the results of their observations to the widest possible audience." Herman-Peled has made this collection of sites to contribute to that raising of awareness. Mixed Flash and HTML. [In Ctheory 3]
Traces the history of a tenement apartment building and that of four families that lived there as they came to America. QTVR
First Nation youth in Canada give their opinions about maintaining tribal ways and language.
Recalls her father's struggle to gain US citizenship. Simple and moving.
An American straddles race, culture, and gender gaps between US and post-apartheid South Africa. Good audio. Cf. her tour narrative.
"an interactive look at the Lees, a Chinese-American family attempting to balance Chinese traditions and Western culture."
A tourist's brochure to the spectacular ruins of an inland water paradise. (check also Richard Misrach, Desert Cantos )
Stringfellow abandons color in her most recent documentary of releases of radioactive materials at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Flash 6. Radiation icon scrolls the page, folders have dropdown tabs.
Originally a graduate thesis in architecture at Rice University, Back to Nature traces the rise and fall of the Brownwood Subdivision as the defeat of development by nature. Meticulously documented.
Multimedia slants on incarceration US-style, focusing on interviews and profiles of several cases, but includes extensive historical material and questionnaires. Flash. Aims to raise awareness realities and issues. Activist sympathies.
Compare Inside Canada's Prisons, a CBC documentary site.