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Digital Literature Interview with Noah Wardrip-Fruin

February 11, 2006

There is a nice interview at with Noah Wardrip-Fruin.

I came to this work through a fascination with possibilites of words, and with the sense that undifferentiated flow down a page wasn’t the right medium for the text I wanted to write. the time of reading and the time of the processes overlap. there’s text and then there are processes, and the processes enact something in connection with the actions of the reader, at the time of reading, that is related to the themes of the text but not the same. text that responds on a textual level, to things that thappen at the time of reading, such as actions on the part of the reader.

That makes me think about the form as transformation of concepts. The work should be transparent and give feedback to audience in a shape that audience could think something out of it.

Also lately I came across different sites [one was datablogging and the other was seattle library visualization which uses the books that have been taken as the elements and projecting this on the wall of the library] that rely mostly on data and It was dichitung I guess where I read when visualization is art when it is not. Actually question of being an art piece or not is not my biggest concern, but finding new ways of approach to visualization, taking the data and transforming it in a sense that you give something to your audience, a message…

Camille Utterback’s work textrain is also another use of text which is different from what we are used to. It is as Wardrip-Fruin’s words; a shift from text representing a story to text representing an idea.

He has a good article back in dichtung’s previous issue : Here.

well said.

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