i recently did a collaboration with the poet bill bissett. the full
thing is at http://vispo.com/aleph3/images/bill_bissett
bill asked me to send him some visual poetry for a show he's putting
together in toronto. i suggested we do a collab in aleph null together,
and we could get stuff from that for the show in hog town, as it's
called in vancouver. he agreed. i asked him to send me photos of some of
his paintings. he's quite a well-known painter as well as a legendary
poet. i also asked him for graphics of some of his visual poems and even
poemy poems. and also for personal photos of him and friends. he
responded very generously with hundreds of images. i also asked him for
a few poemy poems in text rather than image.
i worked with the material bill sent me in aleph null, which is an
interactive. its highly configurable. the basic architecture is of n
simultaneous layers/channels of animation. the user creates x 'brushes'.
each brush 'writes' on a single layer/canvas, though there are controls
to raise/lower brushes. each brush can be assigned one of about 30 nibs.
there is a bill bissett nib, for instance. and a jim leftwich nib. there
are about 20 participating artists, at this point.
the bill bissett nib is actually 3 brushes in two layers. the topmost
layer writes one of bill's poems and fills the text with bill's personal
photos. the background brushes, of which there are two, sample from
bill's paintings and from his visual poems. these two brushes are on the
same layer and continually overwrite one another.
here is something i wrote about aleph null:
here is aleph null itself: http://vispo.com/aleph3/an.html
but what i'm showing today mainly is the bill bissett collab, which i
just completed. it's at http://vispo.com/aleph3/images/bill_bissett