Open “Toucher” by Serge Bouchardon, Kevin Carpentier, and Stéphanie Spenlé
This suite of short interactive pieces take advantage of more interface devices than the average e-poem, as is the case with using the microphone to allow you to “blow” the words and snowflakes aside, or control the motion of the text with your eyes by using a webcam to “read” your face. These delicate pieces are games, toys, musical pieces, and poems that exemplify the reader’s symbolic presence in virtual spaces. The poem with the Lettriste fly exposes the violence of the mouse click which is carried out with the same finger one uses to pull a gun’s trigger. And after a while you’ll wish you had a more effective arsenal to take care of that increasingly elusive nuisance of a fly.
Featured in Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2.