Sunday, August 14, 2011


One of my goals for the summer is to get the projects from my MFA show this past May-- the ones that don't require custom hardware, at least-- onto the web. I've been working on this, but it's a lot of not-fun (cross-browser compatibility, properly crediting sources, debugging Javascript frameworks) at the moment, so the going is slow. I've also been distracted by finishing up this game and teaching this class (more about both later) so the amount of summer free time has been less than expected.

Anyway, here's the simplest of the three pieces, "Perfect." This is the least IF-like and least developed of the projects: it's more of a hopefully interesting experiment in how narratives can be made to feel more sculptural than an actual, you know, story or anything. Should work in all modern browsers with a decent screen size; let me know if you have problems.

(Though I wasn't aware of this piece while I was designing "Perfect" or writing my thesis, I just recently came across the similar experiment "Morningside Vector Space" in Oulipoems, a part of the Electronic Literature Collection Volume One. It's always somewhere between creepy, annoying, and validating to discover someone else has already had your great idea, although I think both the 2004 piece and my own have unique takes on the core idea.)


matt w said...

It's not working for me in Firefox 3.6.19; I can highlight the sentences but I can't drag the blocks, and the "restart" button is overlapping the other things. It does work in Safari 5.0.5. I'm using OS X 10.5.8.

(My browser/computer often misbehaves, and I'm on a dubious connection, so if you can't reproduce this I wouldn't worry.)

DB said...

Not working for me in Firefox 3.6.18. I can highlight boxes... squares don't seem to move as I drag them, but if I click on the sentences again, they will pop over to wherever I dragged them. Does not bring up any text for that block, though.

On the plus side, I can get it to work in Google Chrome.

Aaron A. Reed said...

Yeah, I think this is not going to work in older versions of lots of web browsers. It seems to work for me (on the Mac at least) in Firefox 5 or newer.