The Impermanence Agent

Description (in English): 

To read this work, the reader had to browse the internet through a proxy server which kept track of visited websites and launched small windows in the readers browser, while the reader was viewing other sites, telling fragments of a story throughout the week. As the week progressed, the story would replace parts of the original text and images with text and images from sites the reader had visited. The work is no longer accessible.

Pull Quotes: 

[....] a Web-based storytelling agent that customizes its story for each user. The Agent is both a critique and employment of a number of Web technologies and mythologies. It begins with a story of remembrance and loss, a collage-story merging family history and personal narrative into relatively traditional fiction. Information from the user's Web browsing is used to customize this story, and this customization continues until almost none of The Agent's story remains.

Critical writing that references this work:

Title Author Year
Approaches to Digital Literature: Temporal Dynamics and Cyborg Authors Raine Koskimaa 2010
Beyond Taxonomy: Digital Poetics and the Problem of Reading Talan Memmott 2006
Cavewriting Scott Rettberg, Jill Walker Rettberg, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Robert Coover, Josh Carroll 2004
Complications of Narrative Time in Electronic Literature Scott Rettberg 2014
Creating Screen-Based Multiple State Environments: Investigating Systems of Confutation Donna Leishman 2004
Cyberspace, Cybertexts, Cybermaps Marie-Laure Ryan 2004
Cybertext Poetics: The Critical Landscape of New Media Literary Theory Markku Eskelinen 2012
Dali Clocks: Time Dimensions of Hypermedia Stephanie Strickland 2001
Destination Unknown: Experiments in the Network Novel Scott Rettberg 2003
Developing an Identity for the Field of Electronic Literature: Reflections on the Electronic Literature Organization Archives Scott Rettberg 2012
Digital Literature: Theoretical and Aesthetic Reflections Luciana Gattass 2011
Digital Prohibition Piracy and Authorship in New Media Art Carolyn Guertin 2012
Digital Rhetoric and Poetics: Signifying Strategies in Electronic Literature Talan Memmott 2011
Electronic Literature Scott Rettberg 2018
Expressive Processing: On Process-Intensive Literature and Digital Media Noah Wardrip-Fruin 2006
Fiction and Interaction: How Clicking a Mouse Can Make You Part of a Fictional World Jill Walker Rettberg 2003
Hypermedia, Eternal Life, and The Impermanence Agent Noah Wardrip-Fruin 1999
Life Poetry Told by Sensors Jill Walker Rettberg 2014
New Media Poetics: As We May Think/How to Write Adalaide Morris 2006
Swimming against the data stream: plot, polyphony and heteroglossia in data-­driven writing Chris Rodley 2014
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