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.”