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Hypertext '08: Literatronica. Adaptive Digital Narrative :: Juan B. Gutierrez, and Mark C. Marino

Literatronica: Juan: Empower the computer to be part of the literary transaction… mathematical literature. Mathematical literature — not the syntatic approach, using mathematical language to describe a story. Not a semantic approach, using theorems to define stories. Lexicographic Hypertext — basic HTML with nodes connected via links.  We navigate through the network to get from the beginning to an ending. Tree fiction — constructing a narrative through choosing options. Adaptive…

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Hypertext '08: Chris Crawford — Deikto: An Application of the Weak Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

Chris Crawford has been working on Storytron for 16 years. The computer gaming industry was not intersted in or able to solve the problem of interactive storytelling. Left the gaming industry to solve that problem on his own. Has been explaining Storytron for 10 years, says that during that time he has “failed miserably.”  About 2-3 months ago, someone said “The problem with your technology is that it’s revolutionary,” in…

Hypertext '08: Dene Crigar, Hyperlinking in 3D Multimedia Performances

Dene joined us remotely from her lab in Vancouver, demonstrating multimedia works that are performed through hyperlinks triggered by a performer’s actions in a 3D space.  The demonstration is intended to challenge the notions of a hyperlink as a silent component of a 2D work. First demonstration — Virtual DJ.   Spinning circles of light seem to track the performer as she moves a motion-tracking controller in 3D space.  Four…

Hypertext '08: Susan Gibb, The Hypertext Effect: the Transfiguration of Writing and the Writer

Steve introduced Susan Gibb as a driving force behind the writing and digital media culture in a small town in Connecticut.  (I’m really impressed by what comes from Tuxnis Community College). Susan presented us with the thinking behind the creation of a 300-node creative hypertext work in StorySpace. Susan walked the audience through the process of a single “writing space” morphing into a story.  As the writer moves in time,…

Hypertext '08: Alan Bigelow, American Ghosts: from Concept to Completion

Alan Bigelow discusses his art installations featuring the short-form Flash genre. In his introduction, he stated that he doesn’t think that he writes hypertext, and spoke with hope of a future in which new media authors know what terms to apply to their work. The opening screen of his American Ghosts refers to a “webyarn,” but he also suggests “net art,” calling himself a “mid-career artist” because he’s been working…

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Hypertext '08: Hypertext 08 Workshop on Creating out of the Machine: Hypertext, Hypermedia, and Web Artists Explore the Craft

Steve Ersinghaus started the creative hypertext workshop by playing Changing Key: A “video hyperdrama” by Charles Deemer. In the introduction, Deemer notes that the audience in a play is passive, and conjures up the idea of a family Thanksgiving in which multiple groups interact in multiple rooms, with the audience inserted into the drama like ghosts who can follow different stories. [My note: A ghost audience who can follow different…