[NetBehaviour] Turbulence.org Commission: “text_ocean” by Zannah Marsh

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Mon Sep 14 19:24:13 CEST 2015

Hi and thanks for this; I'm wondering though about "notoriously 
impenetrable" - I've read the book all the way through without any 
difficulty whatsoever; most of the people I know have had the same 
experience. Just curious, Alan

On Mon, 14 Sep 2015, New Radio and Performing Arts Inc. wrote:

> Turbulence.org Commission: text_ocean by Zannah Marsh
> [Optimized for Google Chrome]:
> text_ocean is an experiment in random access reading and text visualization,
> using Herman Melville?s notoriously impenetrable whalefishery epic Moby Dick
> as source material. Selections of the text are blown apart and become a
> dynamic sea of words, animated according to grammatical function. The user
> ?reads? the text by ?hooking? and releasing words and, in the process, disconnects
> them from their original lines. Thus Moby Dick is slowly, randomly rewritten
> by the user, word by word, as she reads.
> text_ocean is a 2015 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for
> its Turbulence.org website. It was made possible with funds from the
> National Endowment for the Arts.
> Zannah Marsh is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, educator, and programmer
> with an interest in narrative data and collaborative storytelling. She has
> taught multimedia art and design at New York University, the New School, and
> in the City University of New York system. Zannah was a resident researcher
> at NYU?s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and she?s interned with the
> Creative Systems Group at Microsoft Research and with Area/Code Games in New
> York City. She also worked as an exhibit developer at the Museum of Science
> in Boston, producing internationally-traveling interactive exhibits. She has
> a MPS from NYU?s Interactive Telecommunications Program (2009), and a BFA from
> the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (2000).
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