Author Archives: Alan Bigelow

Stones: The Funny Side of Death

Almost became a Funkadelic. ... See MoreSee Less

Almost became a Funkadelic.

X marks the spot. ... See MoreSee Less

X marks the spot.

Downsizing. ... See MoreSee Less

Downsizing.

Only gives passing grades. ... See MoreSee Less

Only gives passing grades.

Post time at the races. ... See MoreSee Less

Post time at the races.

The one that got away. ... See MoreSee Less

The one that got away.

"The harder they come, the harder they'll fall." ... See MoreSee Less

The harder they come, the harder theyll fall.

I told her we weren't going to take this lying down. ... See MoreSee Less

I told her we werent going to take this lying down.

As in nothing, blank, goose egg, diddly-squat, hill of beans, nothingness, insignificancy, naught, nada, not anything, void, zip, zippo, zero. ... See MoreSee Less

As in nothing, blank, goose egg, diddly-squat, hill of beans, nothingness, insignificancy, naught, nada, not anything, void, zip, zippo, zero.

"The wall that surrounds a city." ... See MoreSee Less

The wall that surrounds a city.

I was so drunk, if it'd been me, I'd have spelled it backward. ... See MoreSee Less

I was so drunk, if itd been me, Id have spelled it backward.

Too late for that. ... See MoreSee Less

Too late for that.

Page turner. ... See MoreSee Less

Page turner.

Almost, but never went to church. ... See MoreSee Less

Almost, but never went to church.

There were rumors, but his biographer thought they were unmenschionable. ... See MoreSee Less

There were rumors, but his biographer thought they were unmenschionable.

Too heavy--can you deliver? ... See MoreSee Less

Too heavy--can you deliver?

The grassy knoll. ... See MoreSee Less

The grassy knoll.

Jonesing. ... See MoreSee Less

Jonesing.

Manno a mano. ... See MoreSee Less

Manno a mano.

George doing his thyng. ... See MoreSee Less

George doing his thyng.

Totally. ... See MoreSee Less

Totally.

Exceeded his grasp. ... See MoreSee Less

Exceeded his grasp.

For it. ... See MoreSee Less

For it.

Not what she expected. ... See MoreSee Less

Not what she expected.

If you had to have a skill... ... See MoreSee Less

If you had to have a skill...

Skill set. ... See MoreSee Less

Skill set.

Pretty much what I expected... ... See MoreSee Less

Pretty much what I expected...

Fill in the blank... ... See MoreSee Less

Fill in the blank...

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.

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.