Small Uncomfortable Reading Poems

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Small uncomfortable reading poems is a set of 4 poems based on 2 ideas; each poem is “a tool” and the poem creates an incompatibility between ergodic and noematic reading: the reader must act in order to read “now” at present time, but her action impeded reading what happens just after.

The 4 poems are:
brush to dust/blow the fiction
It consists in a generative fiction the reader cannot read because the text is recovered by a picture of dust. She must move her mouse to dust the text, but doing this, she an only read few words of the fiction at each time because dust reappears. She must also circulate into the text via scroll bar without seeing the text. 

plane poem
It consists in a kinetic poem recovered by a flat tint. The reader must plane the tint with her mouse in order to read. Problem: the flat tint re-forms even and she must plane more and more, continuously, but she can only read fragments of the poem. 

a poem to stir
Starting by a set of about 20 strophes, the program generates 30 renga choosing in a set of  pproximately 9000 potential generated renga using combinatory generation, syntactic adaptation and semantic  iltering. These poems are edited by the program to form a kinetic animation. The program calculates everything but don’t show it to the reader. In order to see it, the reader must create space by doing circles with the mouse, energy by doing horizontal lines and order by doing vertical lines. If she doesn’t do this, she sees a chaotic visual made by pixels of the poem. Problem: she cannot do the 3 movements at the same time and while she doesn’t do a movement, the controlled  arameter decreases, increasing the chaotic pictorial dimension to the detriment of the readable poetic dimension. What to do?

jogging poem
The poem is generated. It is shown part by part but is destroyed and disturbed by graphical process. In order to read, the reader must press a key that is changing at each time and just after she must click on an object that changes of location at each time. Problem, the speed of the process crows at each action and she must “run by hand” to read.


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Elisabeth Nesheim