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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.

Oh Christmas Tree

In Random Curiosities on 12/21/2010 at 20:54

This is my inflatable tree, courtesy of opera diva Barbara Thorson.
Takes less than 2 minutes to fill it.

Now that end-of-term grades are in,
it’s a quick-n-easy way for me to mark the shift in seasons.

What kind of tree do you have?

Somehow, I’ll bet it’s not like this one.

Feel free to post links to your tree photos in my comment box.
I’d love to see them…

Living Online

In Random Curiosities on 11/23/2010 at 07:27

Never know exactly who’s watching …

or do you?

Arboreal Halloween

In Celebrations on 10/31/2010 at 21:01

……..leaves of orange
……………………………………………………. trick or tree
………………………………………………………………………………………………dressed this morning

Channeling a Legend

In Random Curiosities on 10/26/2010 at 20:26

Ever feel the need to detach from the web?

I do, every now and again.

(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.”

(Re)Vision: PicFic

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 07/01/2010 at 19:53

It’s both an honor and thrill to be the invited PicFic Featured Contributor for July.
This means that four of my Twitter-length fictions will appear in PicFic this month, and also on the journal’s Twitter-feed — one per week.

The first in the series is entitled (Re)Vision. The direct link is → here.

Now that’s it’s published, I have a confession:

While (Re)Vision is certainly a story, it’s a bit of a stretch to call it fiction.

Why, you might ask?

Well, the source of (Re)Vision goes back to my childhood, my days in grade school, the era of 70’s television. And when it comes to 70’s TV, it’s no secret that ‘The Brady Bunch’ was IT for me. I blogged about it recently here.

Of all the Brady characters, Jan was my idol — something about her pensive look, her emotions, blonde hair, the braces, her glasses. Jan was cool. No doubt about it. I wanted to be her, so I did what I could:

pensive, emotional → no problem
hair → used a product called ‘Sun In’ to lighten my locks
braces → got them in high school; late, but better than never
glasses → this one took work …

Blinked my eyes incessantly. Closed them hard. Told my parents I couldn’t see. They took me to the ophthalmologist. He tested my eyes, and like clockwork, the plan worked…or so I thought. He said I needed glasses to solve the vision problem. But the blinking issue — a sign of allergies, he said — called for another course of action. He instructed my parents to:

Get. Rid. Of. Our. Dog.

That’s right.

When I confessed to my parents that all was a lie, that I could see very well, that I voluntarily forced the hard blinking, that I loved my dog…they didn’t believe me one bit.

So, I got the wire-rimmed glasses I wanted so badly but didn’t need. And our beloved dog, Scrubby, left our family–went off to a farm for good. We never held him again in our arms–all because of me (and Jan, of course).

Now back to my story Re(Vision):

Karma, perhaps?

Brady Bunch Bliss

In Random Curiosities on 06/27/2010 at 23:35

I was thinking about childhood today, and wondered:

What made me happy as a kid?

I instructed myself to dispense with analysis and forget about critical thinking:

Why certain things put a smile on my face was less interesting than revisiting the sources of my bliss.

First thing that popped into my head:

The Brady Bunch
’70’s TV show / fictional family / a dog / a maid / 6 kids

I loved The Brady Bunch.
They made me happy, and their rendition of  ‘Sunshine Day’ still makes me grin …

And a question:

What made you happy as a kid?

Pop On Fire: Referential

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 06/11/2010 at 04:40

Inspiration for ‘Pop on Fire’ goes back a full year:

Last summer, POP UP Poptagon appeared in Locus Novus — an on-line journal devoted to the “synthesis of text and image and motion and sound”. The piece came together as a collaborative effort between myself and German artist Dorothee Lang. It was an exploration of the pop culture lexicon. At the time, anything and everything ‘pop’ related jumped out at me, including a ‘pop’ intensive window display for the Pop Opera on Hastings Street downtown. Here’s how it looked in its entirety:

None of the photos from my window display collection made it into that project, and I’d pretty much forgotten all about them — until now, when the memory of one of the display photos I’d taken came back to me while reading Jenny Billings’ poem entitled “Love at the Movies” in Referential Magazine. In the poem, the word ‘pop’ appears in one form or another three times:

once here: “you held the popcorn”
again here: “warm, fresh popcorn, wrapped”
and yet again: “red velvet seats popped”

When I made the connections I submitted a photo from the collection, and now it appears on the same page as Jenny’s lines.

There’s an introduction to the piece on Referential’s blog.

A direct link to the joint works is here:
Pop On Fire [Karyn Eisler] + Love at the Movies [Jenny Billings]

Olympic (dis)Comfort Zone: Just a Moment

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 02/13/2010 at 08:44

Life is paradoxical; full of contradiction.  The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver are no different.

McDonald’s and Coke are official sponsors; athletes are beacons of health and fitness.  Many oppose the games; scores embrace them. Locals and visitors party in the streets; a competitor dies on the luge track in Whistler.

On opening day I see another paradox — an Olympic (dis)comfort, so to speak.

It appears in just a moment.  The direct link  →  here.

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Repetition In A Different World

In Random Curiosities on 01/22/2010 at 09:34

I open the mailbox, pull out the contents, ask a question:

“What’s this?”

“Repetition in a different world,” I say.

“I know (this).  I’ve seen these ‘wind words’ before, up close on the computer screen, at a distance.  And now, here they are in my hands to touch.”

***

It’s an airmail postcard from Dorothee Lang: German author, artist, poet.

On one side, an image from ‘Lung Ta (wind words)’, introduced to the world in the recentWords of Power’ issue of the online experimental journal qarrtsiluni.

On the other side, a micro-text entitled (this), which appears in A Handful Of Stones: a cyberspace journal that celebrates “the extraordinary in the ordinary”.

Virtual and tangible realities intersect for me as I experience the same words and photographs in different ways, in different worlds.

***

“Is either world, either experience, more real?” I ask. 

Bag Beauty: Splash of Red

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 12/31/2009 at 18:20

Bag beauty struck me on Boxing Day. I was people-watching on Granville Street when I shifted my focus from faces to the shopping bags people were holding. I simultaneously wondered what was in them, saw them as icons of consumerism, and reveled in their beauty. They appeared to me as sculpture, a kaleidoscope of color, poetry. I asked their holders to stop and pose for me.

Three photos from that day are on display in the Red Gallery at Splash of Red: Asbury Park’s Literary Arts Magazine.

Dylan Emerick-Brown, editor-in-chief,  says inspiration for the magazine title comes from several things, including: “the blood and passion that goes into only the most skillfully crafted art” and “great work that stands out just like a splash of red.”

Here’s the direct link: Red Gallery / Karyn Eisler
When you enter the gallery, click on a photo; when it expands, follow the arrow >


Boxing Day Bliss

In Random Curiosities on 12/28/2009 at 22:08

Urban Outfitters. Granville St. 2PM.

I wonder:

How much money did they spend?
Will their deals make them happy?