Author Archives: Alan Bigelow

Stones: The Funny Side of Death

When being told to stay out of trouble and "off the streets" takes on an entirely new meaning. ... See MoreSee Less

When being told to stay out of trouble and off the streets takes on an entirely new meaning.

Ok, but aren't there easier ways of improving yourself? ... See MoreSee Less

Ok, but arent there easier ways of improving yourself?

"The race is not to the swift...
but time and chance happen to them all."
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The race is not to the swift...
but time and chance happen to them all.

Bird watching. ... See MoreSee Less

Bird watching.

Miles' stone. ... See MoreSee Less

Miles stone.

His longest one yet. ... See MoreSee Less

His longest one yet.

Now that's dedication. ... See MoreSee Less

Now thats dedication.

Bean there and done that. ... See MoreSee Less

Bean there and done that.

Who's in the lower? ... See MoreSee Less

Whos in the lower?

Freeloader. ... See MoreSee Less

Freeloader.

Close transposition... Is what they said would happen after I died. ... See MoreSee Less

Close transposition... Is what they said would happen after I died.

Has gone west. ... See MoreSee Less

Has gone west.

A little out of my comfort zone, but probably the reason I'm here. ... See MoreSee Less

A little out of my comfort zone, but probably the reason Im here.

No, Daniel, it's bad. ... See MoreSee Less

No, Daniel, its bad.

And now the fire? ... See MoreSee Less

And now the fire?

It's been more than three days and nights... ... See MoreSee Less

Its been more than three days and nights...

Tell me no lies. ... See MoreSee Less

Tell me no lies.

They promised me pearly, but I got stone instead. ... See MoreSee Less

They promised me pearly, but I got stone instead.

Misses his Robin Hood. ... See MoreSee Less

Misses his Robin Hood.

Block that kick(ed). ... See MoreSee Less

Block that kick(ed).

The trouble with treble. ... See MoreSee Less

The trouble with treble.

The long (and short) of it. ... See MoreSee Less

The long (and short) of it.

They poured me a cold one. ... See MoreSee Less

They poured me a cold one.

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Wouldn't a stiff drink be more appropriate?

Missing: what, when, where, and why. ... See MoreSee Less

Missing: what, when, where, and why.

As in bed? ... See MoreSee Less

As in bed?

"That which was written." ... See MoreSee Less

That which was written.

Skill set. ... See MoreSee Less

Skill set.

Lord of the Rings, anyone? ... See MoreSee Less

Lord of the Rings, anyone?

No words. ... See MoreSee Less

No words.

Shouldn't they be buried deeper than that? ... See MoreSee Less

Shouldnt they be buried deeper than that?

(re)bates. ... See MoreSee Less

(re)bates.

The buck stops here. ... See MoreSee Less

The buck stops here.

Finally came out. ... See MoreSee Less

Finally came out.

And rinse. ... See MoreSee Less

And rinse.

The beat of a different drummer. ... See MoreSee Less

The beat of a different drummer.

If you say so. ... See MoreSee Less

If you say so.

Right now, Simon says nothing. ... See MoreSee Less

Right now, Simon says nothing.

As in GoFundMe? ... See MoreSee Less

As in GoFundMe?

And proud of it. ... See MoreSee Less

And proud of it.

One foot in the grave. ... See MoreSee Less

One foot in the grave.

With Berger, please, if he's around. ... See MoreSee Less

With Berger, please, if hes around.

I always hated when they called me that. ... See MoreSee Less

I always hated when they called me that.

Reamed. ... See MoreSee Less

Reamed.

I knew I'd work my degree in there someplace. ... See MoreSee Less

I knew Id work my degree in there someplace.

The Blair Cemetery Project. ... See MoreSee Less

The Blair Cemetery Project.

And call? ... See MoreSee Less

And call?

Let's hope not. ... See MoreSee Less

Lets hope not.

Go green. ... See MoreSee Less

Go green.

Another shore. ... See MoreSee Less

Another shore.

Or out of step. ... See MoreSee Less

Or out of step.

Get thee to a mummery. ... See MoreSee Less

Get thee to a mummery.

Going long. ... See MoreSee Less

Going long.

Still a man, if not a bit deconstructed. ... See MoreSee Less

Still a man, if not a bit deconstructed.

A bit off the beaten track. ... See MoreSee Less

A bit off the beaten track.

I used to go on Sundays, but now it's 24/7. ... See MoreSee Less

I used to go on Sundays, but now its 24/7.

Yes, sirree, that's what they used to call me, until this happened. ... See MoreSee Less

Yes, sirree, thats what they used to call me, until this happened.

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.

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: “Always take risks; … push yourself further than you would have imagined.”

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.