The asynchronous stretch…

High Muck A Muck

Thank you to Emily for choosing to explore the beautiful hypertext poem entitled High Muck a Muck, – such a stunning collaborative work!  High Muck-a-Muck: Playing Chinese is an interactive poem, consisting of a website and eight videos which explore the narratives and tensions of historical and contemporary Chinese immigration to Canada. High Muck a Muck is most intriguing especially because it was formed through an interdisciplinary collaboration of nine Canadian artists and programmers including Fred Wah, poet, Jin Zhang, composer; Nicola Harwood, project director and designer; Thomas Loh and Bessie Wapp, video artists and performers:, Hiromoto Ida, dancer; Patrice Leung, filmmaker; Tomoyo Ihaya, visual artist and Phillip Djwa, creative technologist.  The convergence of so many gifted practitioners has produced an exceptionally rich and complex piece, which definitely pushes beyond the traditional confines of “text”.  The addition of an installation version of this piece lends further complexity by offering the work up as an event.

Emily walked us through many of the most significant images/tropes of the piece while sharing her sense of the diverse options for navigation.  The piece explores the multi-lenses of diaspora and globalism while provoking us to think further about the impact of dreams steeped in the challenges of exile or migration.  We could see the way in which embodiment (the body) is wrapped up in conflicted pasts and presents, and how the myths of immigration are often a gamble with many different resulting outcomes.  The final tone of the work is ambiguous and dispersed, with a haunting lack of resolve.  There is loss despite gains in this journey to a new world.

Please read Emily’s wonderful post which opens up so much of the meaning embedded for readers of this piece.  Her bilingual ability to read this text and her allusions to classic and contemporary Chinese literature (as well as her artful translations!) makes her reflections exceptionally rich and meaningful:

With Those We Love Alive

Thank you Rene for choosing this special piece of #elit.  Porpentine’s With Those We Love Alive is a Twine game that invites the reader to become physically involved through marking up their own body with symbols throughout “game play”.  Traditional interactive fiction, With Those We Love Alive makes use of text and audio and simple backgrounds of shifting colors to draw the player into a disturbing science fiction landscape. Rene’s thoughts on this piece were smart and truly insightful.  If this is an interactive fiction about trauma and survival, it is also a looping experience of false starts and roads that keep leading us to dead-end traps.  To read the story is to experience the thematics which mirror the “relationship with the chasm”.

What is next?

For the next couple of weeks, we have before us a stretch of some “asynchronous” work.  We will keep our conversation going with both your blog reflections and the continuing backchannel #elitclass exchange on Twitter. In other words, don’t drop your #elit work!!

For October 30th

Next week we will conduct our learning in an asynchronous fashion (no in-person meeting on Oct 30).  Instead, we will designate the week a “Catch up on Blogging Week”.

What does that mean?  It means that if you are a bit behind in your blogging, you can take the time to post a “catch up” blog by Tuesday, October 30th that will be counted as a “make-up” for a post that you might have missed.  You are welcome to write about any of the #elit pieces we have discussed thus far if you have not yet covered that choice in a blog reflection.

For November 6th

The week after is Election Day so we do not have class, BUT you do have a blog post due Tuesday, Nov.6th.  Please write your seventh #elitclass blog post.  This blog post should include your #elit storyboard along with a reflection on your own #elit storyboard concept and process.  By now, you should have generated some ideas for your own electronic literature creation.  If you need to refer to the “storyboard concept” please click here for some guidance and a reference point.  Remember, you can sketch, doodle, map out ideas in whatever creative process works for you.  If you choose to work in this way, please take pictures of that work and include that material in your 7th blog post.

For November 13th

1. Please read Icarus Needs. Serken will do our walkthrough and present and lead our discussion on this play on comics and classic video games.

2. Please read Lexia to Perplexia.  Malcolm will present a walkthrough of this fascinating “delivery machine”.

3.  Please write your eighth #elitclass blog post:  you can write on one of the above two selections or both texts.  I still encourage you all to tweet your blog post using the #elitclass hashtag.  Check out your classmate’s blogs as well since there is a wealth of insight generated there.

Remember to backchannel conversation on our #elitclass hashtag for the next several weeks!  I will be looking there (as well as on our course site) for your blogs and reflections.

Keep up the momentum #elitclass!!

Dr. Zamora

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