Author Archives: Alan Bigelow

Stones: The Funny Side of Death

Seriously, they had to put my race on there? ... See MoreSee Less

Seriously, they had to put my race on there?

And a prayer. ... See MoreSee Less

And a prayer.

Until you drop. ... See MoreSee Less

Until you drop.
Yeah.

Finally. ... See MoreSee Less

Finally.

After years of applying, I finally got one. ... See MoreSee Less

After years of applying, I finally got one.

Stretch: "straighten or extend one's body to its full length." ... See MoreSee Less

Stretch: straighten or extend  ones body to its full length.

Nothing else to report? ... See MoreSee Less

Nothing else to report?

This wasn't what I expected when my parents said they were sending me away to camp. ... See MoreSee Less

This wasnt what I expected when my parents said they were sending me away to camp.

"To sing" (present tense): I sing; you sing; he, she, it sings; we sing; you sing; they sing. ... See MoreSee Less

To sing (present tense): I sing; you sing; he, she, it sings; we sing; you sing; they sing.

See man walk. See man run. See man. ... See MoreSee Less

See man walk. See man run. See man.

Not a happy Kamper. ... See MoreSee Less

Not a happy Kamper.

They didn't like the message. ... See MoreSee Less

They didnt like the message.

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Wonder if he was shot.

Still waiting. ... See MoreSee Less

Still waiting.

Pretty much all that was left after the Feds and the State were done. ... See MoreSee Less

Pretty much all that was left after the Feds and the State were done.

Hook, line and sinker. ... See MoreSee Less

Hook, line and sinker.

Shaken, and stirred. ... See MoreSee Less

Shaken, and stirred.

Ok, they told us to march. Now what? ... See MoreSee Less

Ok, they told us to march. Now what?

Prime property: location, location, location. ... See MoreSee Less

Prime property: location, location, location.

You'd think after thirty years she'd at least know my name. ... See MoreSee Less

Youd think after thirty years shed at least know my name.

A blessing in disguise. ... See MoreSee Less

A blessing in disguise.

Misses his frack. ... See MoreSee Less

Misses his frack.

Won't be spoiling the broth... ... See MoreSee Less

Wont be spoiling the broth...

Block that kicked. ... See MoreSee Less

Block that kicked.

Still waiting to get paid. ... See MoreSee Less

Still waiting to get paid.

Smoked it my whole life, until I was ninety-four, when I got killed by a drunk driver. ... See MoreSee Less

Smoked it my whole life, until I was ninety-four, when I got killed by a drunk driver.

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HHHERB or ERRRB?

A farthing for your thoughts. ... See MoreSee Less

A farthing for your thoughts.

Floated like a feather, sunk like a stone. ... See MoreSee Less

Floated like a feather, sunk like a stone.

"Home is the sailor, home from sea, and the hunter home from the hill." ... See MoreSee Less

Home is the sailor, home from sea, and the hunter home from the hill.

Never could afford it, but driving one in the afterlife. ... See MoreSee Less

Never could afford it, but driving one in the afterlife.

Not just feet, but legs, torso, arms, hands and head. ... See MoreSee Less

Not just feet, but legs, torso, arms, hands and head.

More like forever, but who's counting. ... See MoreSee Less

More like forever, but whos counting.

Not a dead language. ... See MoreSee Less

Not a dead language.

Not much wood now. ... See MoreSee Less

Not much wood now.

Well, I succeeded in something. ... See MoreSee Less

Well, I succeeded in something.

At one point, we were on the trail, and my horse was bit by a rattler, broke free, and that's when my wagon rolled off the cliff with me still riding it down to where the rocks were. ... See MoreSee Less

At one point, we were on the trail, and my horse was bit by a rattler, broke free, and thats when my wagon rolled off the cliff with me still riding it down to where the rocks were.

Life's a gamble--if you don't win, you lose (and in the end, everyone loses). ... See MoreSee Less

Lifes a gamble--if you dont win, you lose (and in the end, everyone loses).

"Q" is for questions. ... See MoreSee Less

Q is for questions.

So this is what it takes? ... See MoreSee Less

So this is what it takes?

If you think it'll help... ... See MoreSee Less

If you think itll help...

No one cheats on their finals. ... See MoreSee Less

No one cheats on their finals.

Don't wait for us--we'll catch up later. ... See MoreSee Less

Dont wait for us--well catch up later.

So where's the rest buried? ... See MoreSee Less

So wheres the rest buried?

I knew we'd lose them eventually. ... See MoreSee Less

I knew wed lose them eventually.

And yet so far. ... See MoreSee Less

And yet so far.

Or, failing that, the Howells next door. ... See MoreSee Less

Or, failing that, the Howells next door.

"I know nothing, nothing!" ... See MoreSee Less

I know nothing, nothing!

I was a knight seeking the Holy Grail, and saw her once in a roadside tavern, but Galahad (always the handsome one) got to her first, and I stayed a virgin the rest of my life. ... See MoreSee Less

I was a knight seeking the Holy Grail, and saw her once in a roadside tavern, but Galahad (always the handsome one) got to her first, and I stayed a virgin the rest of my life.

She was a battleship of a woman. ... See MoreSee Less

She was a battleship of a woman.

Close transposition. ... See MoreSee Less

Close transposition.

I am now, and will always be, a Windows man. ... See MoreSee Less

I am now, and will always be, a Windows man.

I fought my battles, and made my peace, but now the day is over. ... See MoreSee Less

I fought my battles, and made my peace, but now the day is over.

Beyond the law. ... See MoreSee Less

Beyond the law.

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Where anarchy led to...

Still doubting. ... See MoreSee Less

Still doubting.

Ok, I didn't make as big a splash as I wanted to, and I wasn't much to look at--but "person," that's all I get, "person"? ... See MoreSee Less

Ok, I didnt make as big a splash as I wanted to, and I wasnt much to look at--but person, thats all I get, person?

so what if I bashed her around a bit, it was just on Sundays, she deserved it, and anyway she got me good in the end. ... See MoreSee Less

so what if I bashed her around a bit, it was just on Sundays, she deserved it, and anyway she got me good in the end.

Finally at rest after a lifetime of stupid jokes that confused me with a monster. ... See MoreSee Less

Finally at rest after a lifetime of stupid jokes that confused me with a monster.

A proctologist by trade, now condemned to an eternity of asses. ... See MoreSee Less

A proctologist by trade, now condemned to an eternity of asses.

The west is best. ... See MoreSee Less

The west is best.

We picked up Jimmy, and he passed around the gats, and that's when it all went south. ... See MoreSee Less

We picked up Jimmy, and he passed around the gats, and thats when it all went south.

Her word was her Bond. ... See MoreSee Less

Her word was her Bond.
me?

And didn't get up. ... See MoreSee Less

And didnt get up.

Leaverage. ... See MoreSee Less

Leaverage.

Late to the wedding. ... See MoreSee Less

Late to the wedding.

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Don't like the timing of that post.... Lol

I think you beat the timing on this one ūüôā

Catch of the day. ... See MoreSee Less

Catch of the day.

Let's be frank... or not. ... See MoreSee Less

Lets be frank... or not.

A speck in God's eye. ... See MoreSee Less

A speck in Gods eye.

Hedge fund. ... See MoreSee Less

Hedge fund.

Eddy: "a circular movement of water, counter to a main current, causing a small whirlpool." ... See MoreSee Less

Eddy: a circular movement of water, counter to a main current, causing a small whirlpool.

When "nil" is just not enough. ... See MoreSee Less

When nil is just not enough.

And Death shall rule them all. ... See MoreSee Less

And Death shall rule them all.

My nickname 'cause all those times I wore a cummerbund, but maybe it was something else? ... See MoreSee Less

My nickname cause all those times I wore a cummerbund, but maybe it was something else?

A late valentine. ... See MoreSee Less

A late valentine.

Not so wyse. ... See MoreSee Less

Not so wyse.

Manna from heaven. ... See MoreSee Less

Manna from heaven.

Instead of springing forward, I fell back. ... See MoreSee Less

Instead of springing forward, I fell back.

Spaeth at the spa. ... See MoreSee Less

Spaeth at the spa.

"When in Rome, do as the Romans do." ... See MoreSee Less

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Cross cross at being crossed off and just another crosser at a cross-less crossing. ... See MoreSee Less

Cross cross at being crossed off and just another crosser at a cross-less crossing.

The golden years. ... See MoreSee Less

The golden years.

Exit, stage left. ... See MoreSee Less

Exit, stage left.

Twittered way too much, and now twitty. ... See MoreSee Less

Twittered way too much, and now twitty.

"For he is a friend to none, that is a friend to all." ... See MoreSee Less

For he is a friend to none, that is a friend to all.

Branding the hard way. ... See MoreSee Less

Branding the hard way.

Good penmanship award. ... See MoreSee Less

Good penmanship award.

Treat yourself to something special. ... See MoreSee Less

Treat yourself to something special.

If you're going to fail at something... ... See MoreSee Less

If youre going to fail at something...

Urban Dictionary: A combination of the words quick and fast, meaning to move or achieve quickly: "Woah man, that was quast!" ... See MoreSee Less

Urban Dictionary: A combination of the words quick and fast, meaning to move or achieve quickly: Woah man, that was quast!

Haist makes waste. ... See MoreSee Less

Haist makes waste.

Deer crossing. ... See MoreSee Less

Deer crossing.

Squelched. ... See MoreSee Less

Squelched.

A true professional. ... See MoreSee Less

A true professional.

Tried staying, went--worth it. ... See MoreSee Less

Tried staying, went--worth it.

Going dark. ... See MoreSee Less

Going dark.

Off the green. ... See MoreSee Less

Off the green.

"And miles to go before I sleep." ... See MoreSee Less

And miles to go before I sleep.

Not enough greens. ... See MoreSee Less

Not enough greens.

The chase is over. ... See MoreSee Less

The chase is over.

Confession or accusation? ... See MoreSee Less

Confession or accusation?

roads

"Protect the Poet" envisions a future in which the United States has been invaded by the "Enemy." The government has collapsed, the President has escaped to Mexico, and Congress is in hiding. There is no internet, and communication can only be achieved through speech, print, and semaphore.

It is in this futuristic landscape that the Poet wanders with his loyal entourage of printers, typesetters, support staff, and body guards. He is the most revered man in the nation, and he is also the most hunted. The Enemy wants to capture him, but if they do, they will have won the war.

roads

"Two Roads Diverged" is a story of family loss and its aftermath. Using Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken" as its metaphorical model, this interactive narrative offers brief glimpses into the paths three children take after the accidental death of their parents. The narrative also offers a view--through archetypal imagery and remote voices--of the darker side of the family's tragic past.

Alan Bigelow's interview (audio only) with Heather Gring of the Burchfield Penney Art Center on August 15, 2013. In it, he discusses the field of electronic literature and the democratization of the Web, along with ways that changes in computer language have changed his way of writing. He mentions some of his early influences, an eclectic list drawn from many disciplines. And he offers advice to emerging practitioners of his artform: ‚ÄúAlways take risks; ‚Ķ push yourself further than you would have imagined.‚ÄĚ

http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/files/audio/08152013_Alan_Bigelow_LLP.mp3

thisis

"This Is" provides a digital commentary on fiction and the nature and history of narrative. There are multiple elements at play in this work: text, audio, animation, and still image. How the viewer experiences this piece is dependent on their mouse or touch interactions with its central, animated "characters."

This work is open-source and created with HTML5/CSS/JavaScript.

images

"My Life in Three Parts" addresses the question of how personal identity is influenced by the language of the web. Our online interactions are often circumscribed by tracking software and various social networks. As a result, our identities--how we view ourselves and how others view us--are shaped and expressed, in part, by personal browsing practices and the vocabulary associated with those practices.

So what do our autobiographies look like in this new world? To answer this question, "My Life in Three Parts" ignores the conventions of traditional autobiography in favor of oblique readings of iconic visual symbols, terminology, and concepts found online within the private and social web-spaces of shopping, art, and mathematics.

This work uses text, images, audio, and videos to create a synthesized narrative of the self. Nothing about personal identity is clear in this work: the life behind the story is only implied.

silence

Viewers can look for the text in "Silence," but they will not find it. This story uses the P22 "Cage Silence" font, which is inspired by John Cage's famous work 4'33". This font does not appear on screen or print. There is no vector or bit map information other than the period character. All of the information is searchable, but it is not visible unless you look at the source code.

imgres-12

In "How They Brought the News from Paradise," a first-person speaker narrates his story (in heroic verse) as he swims from one end of a resort pool complex to another in search of what he thinks is more alcohol, but is in fact a journey to find his marriage and himself. The poem plays with the epic and tragic within a setting stifled with consumerism and class separation.

electricity

"In A World Without Electricity" is the story of a life in celebration, and a life taken. Using text, images, animations, and sound, the piece describes the murder, or possible suicide, of a young woman, and the struggle of her friends and family to reconcile themselves to their loss. There are no easy answers in the world of this narrative, and questions still remain. This work is based on a true story.

lastwords

"Last Words" is a narrative of eight individuals, their brief archetypal histories, and their last words spoken at the moment of death. Using text, images, audio, and video, this online work captures the ambiance of the afterlife and how people live on through the data they generate while living.