“Inanimate Alice Episode #1: China” by Kate Pullinger and Chris Joseph

Screen capture from "Inanimate Alice Episode #1: China" by Kate Pullinger and Chris Joseph. Polaroids displaying Chinese businesses, locals, roads, and landmarks over a black background. Text: "We're in China, far up north."
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“Strange Rain” by Eric Loyer

"Strange Rain" by Eric Loyer
“Strange Rain” by Eric Loyer

This haunting soothing work is made of equal parts narrative, game, and poem. Its different “play modes”— wordless, whispers, story, and feeds—allow audiences to experience it (respectively) as an interactive ambient musical art piece, a kinetic concrete poem, a story, or an artistic interface for Twitter. Except for the last, each mode is layered on the previous one, which helps train readers to successfully navigate the work. The added incentive of unlocking achievements through the Game Center, encourages readers to continue exploring the work by providing a sense of progress and a roadmap of curiosity and expectation.

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“There he was, gone” by J. R. Carpenter

“There he was, gone” by J. R. Carpenter.
“There he was, gone” by J. R. Carpenter.

This poem’s paradoxical title is a key to understanding its design and strategies. The subject’s presence and absence from a location is made possible through the passage of time, as the speakers search and imagine his whereabouts. The generated lines are structured to form a dialogue: a call and response that builds and recedes in length and intensity, like tides on the waters depicted in the map. A third or fourth voice (perhaps from the missing one) scrolls in from the background, becoming legible when it reaches enough contrast in the image. The scheduling of texts in this poem enhance the uncertainty of attempting to locate a moving target by keeping readers constantly reassessing what they’re reading.

The gorgeous map provides a sense of place while inviting readers to explore its surfaces.

“CityFish” by J. R. Carpenter

"CityFish" by J. R. Carpenter
“CityFish” by J. R. Carpenter

“In Absentia” by J. R. Carpenter

Screen capture from "In Absentia" by J. R. Carpenter. Marks and a dialogue bubble on a satellite image of a large neighborhood with other depictions on maps to each side. Text: "(too small to read)"
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“The Longest Poem in the World” by Andrei Gheorghe

Screen capture of “The Longest Poem in the World” by Andrei Gheorghe. Baby blue colored background  with black text. On the left is the poem and information about this poem on the right from twitter and the twitter bird on sneakers. The only viewable information about the poem is “1,353,298 verses. Text: “ever though you’re singing and thinking how well you’ve got it made./ I just looked at this week’s calendar and I’m very afraid./ And suddenly I’m not sleepy anymore. I’d die for some cereal. Crap, I have to take a dump and I am out of reading material. YOU ARE MY FRIEND and I LOVE YOU!/ Night of Champions: Cody and Drew!/ Took my money. Took my bitch from me. And took my crew. #takers/ Left one event and now at another/ Dancing to rap with ron and his mother. / I like big butts and I can not lie./ Sex is bad, have sex and you will die./ I know what I like and baby its you.”
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“Moment” by Joe Keenan

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“The Use” by Chris Mann

Screen capture from "The Use" by Chris Mann. White background with manly lines of text too small to be read parted into a left section and a right section.
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Reading the Agrippa Code (part 4 of 4)

Reading the Agrippa Code (part 4 of 4)
Reading the Agrippa Code (part 4 of 4)

“Dim O’Gauble” by Andy Campbell

"Dim O'Gauble" by Andy Campbell. Intricate yellowish illustration resembling children's drawings overlain with parallax shadows of plant leaves. Text: "So don't go to bed, stay up sketching/Why would I blame you for doing the things/that I did when this happened to me?/"
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