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POP UP: a poptagon

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works on 10/28/2012 at 05:20

Another trip down memory lane; another collaboration with Dorothee Lang. ‘POP UP poptagon’ went live in Locus Novus on September 22nd a few years back.  The day/month strikes me as significant in more ways than one: My long-time animal companion died on September 22nd this year. The passing was, and still is, sad. The project, however, was floral and fun: “a collaborative exploration of the pop culture lexicon as it pertains to four overlapping processes that set and keep pop culture in motion: distribution, commodification, (re)production, and consumption”.

 Here’s the link:

POP UP: a poptagon / Locus Novus

Thank goodness for Dorothee’s blog notes. They contain email excerpts that remind me of how the project began. She wrote:

it started with some images of backyard flowers sent back and forth as mail additions. then came some floored peonies. and a tossed thought in a mail:

“here, a rain front washed through. the peonies are floored. i just was outside, trying to perk them up a bit. picture to follow.
we could start to work on a flower-collaboration ;-)”
– d.

For the full blog post, and my response to her suggestion, go here.

Locus Novus features projects that synthesize text, image, motion, and sound.

Flowers + Squares + BluePrintReview #29

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 03/22/2012 at 18:00

So good to have a permanent home for these images, alongside the words of New Jersey poet Nancy Scott in Issue #29 of BluePrintReview.

The flowers are from my patio garden. I took the photo back in spring 2010, around the same time as my April Garden Party. The checkerboard is part of a water feature in the Italian Gardens at Vancouver’s Hastings Park. That photo also dates back to 2010.

If you click here, you’ll see Nancy’s words—Diary of Pink—with the flower image above it. Scroll over the flowers with your mouse, and the squares will appear. It’s a “now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t” feature that brings the black/white image in and out of view. Read the rest of this entry »

The challenge > just a moment

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 01/05/2012 at 21:01

This one is all about blog-hopping. Funny how it goes…

It began with three photos I’d posted over at my image gallery VisuaLiving. I later decided to feature them together in a blog post here at Living ?s. I snapped the photos on a walk I’d taken while preoccupied with planning a trip and escaping. At some point, I returned to the present and realized the beauty I was missing while daydreaming.

Meantime, Dorothee Lang was in the midst of editing a BluePrintReview issue on the topic of  ‘challenge’.  She’d stumbled across my post containing my images and musings. Apparently, the post fit well with her theme, so she published it as an issue preview in the literary and visual art journal’s blogzine.  The feature highlights my post at Living ?s, and links to the photos at VisuaLiving. From blog to blog to blog. Dizzying.

The challenge > just a moment

As for the ‘challenge’ issue of BluePrintReview, here it is.

Contributors include:

Arlene AngMarcia ArrietaJenni B. BakerAlex BernsteinJessie CartyJeff Crouch,
Julia Davies (+1), Daniela ElzaSusan ErsinghausSusan M. Gibb (+1), 
Stephen Hastings-King (+1),
Rose Hunter
Claire Ibarra,(+1), Ron KostarSherry O’KeefeKim McMechan (+1),
Jean MorrisBrigita Orel (+1), Ron Riekkibl pawelek (+1), RouchswalweRay Scanlon,
Nancy ScottMichael J. Solender,
Steve Wing (+1), Mary Stone Dockery

home sense memory

In About Word Works, Blog Carnivals / Events on 10/08/2011 at 17:51

a sunny august moment unfolded like this, if I recall it correctly …


head, spinning fast spinning right up down left i’m
meandering home from the station, i
deas and fantasies
dreams and ambitions of elsewhere of there of

away far away, other lands other times other spaces
back then wonder when
but not now and not here and not present
old breath vision time and sensation

away, until 

2 blinks they open, my eyes so wide open i see that it’s me

in my fresh in my nation my city
so fragrant
 this moment

right here and today


written for: > Language > Place Blog Carnival: Edition #11

featured in:  BluePrintReview Newspaper


VisuaLiving > What Do You See?

In VisuaLiving > Highlights on 07/19/2011 at 18:34

The challenge, I think, is to witness beauty at home. These days, I see it all around me.

Click links below for full images:

Waterfall 1

Flowers 1

Black White Black White Black


This post is featured in the BluePrintReview blogzine just a moment.

Where Is Home? [7]

In Home Reflections on 02/05/2011 at 21:28

Home is on a lily pad …


In Random Curiosities on 11/16/2010 at 17:43

Cold November days make vibrant flowers fade from memory…

What fades in November for you?

(R)Evolution: Wheelhouse

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works on 09/18/2010 at 03:26

A burgeoning project on flowers and culture splits in two…

One half morphs into POP UP Poptagon–a collaboration with Dorothee Lang, published in Locus Novus last year. The other half starts with a query from Dorothee, who mails from Germany to my office in Vancouver.

“Shall we write some poems now?” she asks.

Words are crafted, then stored in a file. I travel to Calgary–work with designer Lawrence Eisler on illustrations to accompany the text. Meantime, back in Germany, Dorothee is curious about literary hypertext–she’s engaged in consultations with U.S. hypertext author Susan Gibb.

I eventually leave Calgary; return to Vancouver with a series of illustrated poems in hand. Dorothee–stoked about what she’s learned from Susan–writes, “Want to turn these poems into hypertext?”

“Why not?” I write back.

We craft more illustrations and poems, and, inevitably it’s more complex than that, but at the end of the day, here it is:

(R)Evolution: Wheelhouse Magazine
a hypercosmos by D. Lang + K. Eisler + L.  Eisler

Dorothee’s virtual notes on the process are here.

A review of (R)Evolution in Hypercompendia.

Note: He’s my brother, not my husband, if you’re wondering who Lawrence Eisler is.


Wheelhouse Magazine is a publication of the Wheelhouse Arts Collective: “a collection of wayward artists, many of whom are progressive activists, labor unionists, and dilettantes, stuck inside the cramped confines of a seafaring vessel’s main cabin. Luckily…We know where we’re going: towards land, specifically a land where art is defetishized (not appreciated but wrestled with) and politics is a civic duty, where the New Yorker is not the arbiter of literary history (and no, it’s not necessarily Canada). We come from New York, Philadelphia, the Midwest, and abroad. We cling together in cyberspace and are bounded by the covers of our books.”

Fall Faces

In Random Curiosities on 09/16/2010 at 15:59

Morning greets me with crisp air and fresh Toad Lily blooms.

In your yard, are there any bursting blossoms for you?

Image Play Night Play

In Random Curiosities, VisuaLiving > Highlights on 04/16/2010 at 07:26

I ask myself:

What might a garden look like after midnight through tired eyes and dim light?

Kind of like this, I reply.

The discovery took place in my sandbox — VisuaLiving — while half asleep the other night.

April Garden Party 2010 Continues

In Celebrations, Random Curiosities on 04/12/2010 at 03:11

Sweet fragrant daffodils, in full bloom, poke through astilbe leaves to say hello and ask:

Where are you?

The April Garden Party is in full swing.

There’s room for more, and it doesn’t matter where you live.

The point of the party is to share what is (or isn’t) growing in April near you.

For directions, and to see who’s arrived, follow this link.

Hope to see you soon!


April is over and submissions are closed.
To all who stopped by to view and/or share, thank-you!
The April Garden Party photos are preserved. Have a look.

April Garden Party 2010

In Celebrations, Random Curiosities on 04/02/2010 at 15:17

Birthing blooms vines leaves, my window spring morning fresh, I see.

© Karyn Eisler, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Your view?

Send video or 515 pixel-wide jpeg [or wider] to:

k_eisler AT telus DOT net

Words, name, link, location — please include.

Look forward to seeing what’s growing (or isn’t) near you!

April is over and submissions are closed.
To all who stopped by to view and/or share, thank-you!
Scroll down to see the April photos. They’re preserved.

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