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digital story experiments: (packed.)

(packed.), 2003

Some days I call this an interactive sound installation. Other days I call it a book. It’s likely a bit of both. Intended as the prototype for a larger piece, (packed.) includes a series of plexiglass photographic objects meant to be hung on a “wall” to trigger sound, story, and various perspectives. Created using Max/MSP and a Pic microprocessor, it was a universe to explore; the user’s actions – in what order and amount the objects were hung – triggered up to 18 different pieces of sound, including up to 4 different layers of perspective. The audio, all spoken word, layered as if the user were sitting in a room – from the clarity of the closest conversation to the patterning of the voices far away; the more the user explored, the more the user was able to reveal. The photographs (scans of objects and photos) and story source material, a young woman’s journey to Paris with the American Legion, were given to me by my grandmother. This project was my master’s thesis for the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU.

books – handmade: (packed.)

(packed.), 2003
materials: cloth, ribbon, old typewriter paper, index cards, envelopes, polaroid photographs, watercolor paper

random things made: postcards for myth club

The December gathering of the NYC Mythology Club also happened to be the date of the founder’s birthday. When she first started Myth Club, I asked her if it was legit to tell a story in pictures rather than words. We’d discussed slide shows. And analog slide shows (I imagine those as big cards with an assistant who walks them around the room like at a boxing match). But, for this first attempt, I instead chose to create a series of postcards sent to her on her birthday. Eurydice of Orpheus and Eurydice sent Kio correspondence from the underworld that told the story in a series of 3 postcards (the above being the first). I received great help from the chorus of the club in telling the tale, and the myth was recommended by Kio herself in a gracious moment of helping me get out of the gate. The lack of postage was intentional; I wasn’t sure how much a postcard from the underworld cost.

Future iterations could include correspondence from multiple characters, items sent from multiple locations, and I still haven’t completely yet abandoned the analog slide show idea. These postcards were printed on 5.5×8.5 watercolor paper. I shot the above image of my friend Alethea in 1998 or 1999; the original was meticulously printed on matte fiber paper, and I scanned the original print for this iteration.