“Dibagan” by Brian Kim Stefans and Geniwate

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Screen capture from “Dibagan” by Brian Kim Stefans and Geniwate. Extremely low resolution photograph of military ground forces in a warzone. Prominent blood splatter dominates left side of screen. Scattered words camoflage with the background. Text: "fisheye, consuming, history, knowledge, through, in the is, now, death, blood, confusion, forever, television, stumbling"
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In this collaborative poem Geniwate takes a relatively simple interface and page space designed by Stefans and makes it powerfully political. The audio recording of a reporter telling the story of surviving an RPG attack in Iraq, along with a photograph with a large drop of blood on the lens, make for a chilling backdrop for the poem. With this frame of reference set, the poem is presented as a stack of words at the base of five columns, which the reader can position by placing the mouse on the base of a column until it reaches the desired height on the screen. It takes some time to place and read the words on each column (which are readable both vertically and horizontally), which allows the looping audio clip and changing hues on the image clip to sink in for a visceral experience.