ARTC 331, Spring 2004
Intermediate Interactive Art

Project #3:
Sequence & Poetry


View Students' Poems!

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:


Read these articles:

Reactive Media Meets E-Poetry by Megan Sapnar
The Sound of New Media Poetry by Megan Sapnar
text, time, typography

We will discuss them in class on Wednesday.

Now create a poem / vision that you would like to express. Create a website that becomes a visual and aural exploration of that "poem". Carefully consider the above quote from

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

Technical Requirements:

Research Homework: DUE Wednesday, March 24

Browse through: Choose three works. Complete the following assignment:

  1. Copy the URL and Title of the piece
  2. Write a paragraph critiquing the design. Talk about the design (color, line, composition, etc.)
  3. What makes it user friendly? What makes the interaction interesting? How does it engage the viewer?
  4. Discuss the Animation of the imagery. How does time and sequence play a role in this piece?
  5. Describe and Critique the Use of SOUND in the piece. How does it enhance the work? What types of sound are used?
  6. Discuss the Content / Ideas behind the site. How do all of the above elements come together to support this idea?

    Make sure it is well-written with correct grammar, etc.

So I can post the results: Email me the results prior to start of class.

Proposal: DUE Wednesday, March 24

Type a well-written project proposal for Project #1. Include the poem that you are going to use, Talk about what type of design (color scheme, style, etc.) you will incorporate as well.

Email me your proposals prior to start of class. We will bring our ideas to class for group discussion.

Project 1 Due:


FTP your files to your folder in the poems folder. We will critique the final websites in class.

Cool Flash Sites:

Flash Poetry Research - Spring 2001 Fall 2002 - Cool Flash sites


Flash Resources:

Flash MX Overview by Michael Kay

Flash 5 Tutorial by Michael Kay

Web Monkey Flash Animation

Echo Echo Flash Tutorial

The Flash Guide

Flash Kit

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