Sequence & Poetry
DUE: WEDNESDAY, February 12
What makes a poem a poem? If a text is sung, does it become a song? When motion graphics are involved, does that make it animation? If the images are photographic, is it cinema?
In the age of "Post-media aesthetics," as Lev Manovitch has pointed out, the blurring of traditional media genres makes it difficult, if not impossible, to rigidly define media territories. Instead of struggling to draw these separations, we freely let the arts mingle in a space we still dare to draw a circle around and label "poetry."
Although we use the term "new media poetry" as a genre of "electronic literature" to describe the work included in Poems that Go, "literature" itself proves to be a pesky term. Indeed, we have been accused of devaluing the word at the expense of the image. Our goal here is not to elevate one art above the rest, but to seek an inclusive understanding of literature, one that goes beyond written text-based works, to include visual, aural and media literacy.
In this spirit, Poems that Go explores the intersections between motion, sound, image, text, and code. The work we feature explores how language is shaped in new media spaces, how interactivity can change the meaning of a sign, how an image can conflict with a sound, and how code exerts machine-order on a text.
We'd like to think of this space on the Web as a creative field for this generation's artists and writers to probe the medium's potential and integrate these art forms to challenge the definition of poetry. One which challenges you, the new viewers, readers, writers and artists, to discover extraordinary ways to make sense of language, art, and narrative in a way that is both critical and entertaining.
Megan Sapnar and Ingrid Ankerson
Taken from: Poemsthatgo.com
Read the article, Reactive Media Meets E-Poetry on Poemsthatgo.com.
Now write or appropriate a poem that you would like to express visually. Create a website that becomes a visual and aural exploration of that poem. Carefully consider the above quote from Poemsthatgo.com.
Remember to Challenge the definition of Poetry. Think carefully about narrative and the way language is used. Sound also becomes extraordinarily important in this piece. How can you creatively incorporate sound. Consider all of the qualities of the work.
The function of the piece should be to creatively express your concept, but the stylistic design to is up to you. The piece should be uniquely designed with special attention paid to the use of color, the arrangement of elements, the alignment of images, the use of graphics, and the creative idea. In your design you may consider the use of rollovers, transparency, sound, and animation. You should keep a consistent theme through all of the pages
- An animated title to introduce the work
- Transitions to least five other pages besides the title
- Navigation between these pages
- At least two buttons
- At least 3 animated objects
- At least 1 animated rollover button
- Sound must be utilized throughout the piece
- Login to digitalarts.bgsu.edu. Upload your files to http://digitalarts.bgsu.edu/elliott/spring03/artc331_2/students/poems/
Email the title of your piece to email@example.com prior to the critique so I can activate the links.
- MAKE SURE YOU PUT YOUR FILES IN THE RIGHT DIRECTORY!
Make sure it is well-written with correct grammar, etc.
Email me your proposals prior to start of class. We will bring our ideas to class for group discussion.
Fall 2002 found sites
Spring 2002 found sites
Fall 2001 found sites
Spring 2001 found sites
Fall 2000 found sites
Flash 5 Tutorial by Michael Kay
Web Monkey Flash Animation
Echo Echo Flash 4 Tutorial
The Flash Guide
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