xposted at Frontline Books
I've been writing about digital works for 8 posts now and I've been receiving e-mails from readers wondering how I find these pieces. With this in mind, today's post will provide a backdrop the conversations that have been appearing here.
For me, digital works must be…erm um…digital (go figure). But, for me, I am more drawn to works that appear on the web so that they offer some kind of connectivity or are at least situated within a wider realm. CD-based poetics or hypertext or games may be no less narrative but, to me, they may not offer quite the same possibilities especially in terms of linking *out.*
Here is a selection of some of my favourites:
Dark Zoo: “a new form of novel – one that can only be achieved using the Web. Here you can click to read a multi-viewpoint novel or choose to read the same story from the point of view of one of the main characters. At any point you can switch back and forth between viewpoints to pick up different aspects of the story. This gives more than simply another viewpoint, for there are sub-plots that are only exposed in the character views. Even so, each of the views is a complete story unto itself.”
Adrienne Eisen’s 6 Sex Scenes is an interesting read.
Alicia Felber’s Holes – a take on Sadie Plant’s Zeros and Ones
Angie Eng’s Empty Velocity – part art, part narrative, part game.
Carolyn Guertin writes about “Machine Dreams and Webbed Arts: Urban Process in Subtextual Circulation”
Christy Sheffield Sanford’s Red Mona
Donna Leishman’s urban intepretation of a fairytale: “Red Riding Hood” (listen out for the incredible audio).
Jody Zellen’s hypertextual spatialization: “Ghost City”
Judy Malloy’s Uncle Roger – the first online fiction (1986)
Kate Pullinger and Babel have created an excellent example of a narrative holding its own alongside a plethora of multimodal devices such as sound, image, video, and user interaction: Inanimate Alice.
Mark Amerika’s well known Grammatron
M.D. Coverley’s Fibonacci’s Daughter (an oldie but a goodie – especially if you like solving puzzles)
Stephanie Strickland’s gorgeously poetic Ballad of Sand and Harry Soot.
Carolyn Guertin took it upon herself to document links she discovered thereby creating “Assemblage: The Women’s New Media Gallery”
Hermenia – a collection of links to online stories (though mostly text-based)
The New River Journal is “devoted exclusively to digital writing and art.”
Tech Head Stories has links to various sites that document digital stories.
trAced Links: Hypertext Resources
Word Circuits – does what it says on the tin.