Brainstrips

NOTE: The following works are interactive. Please click/touch the images (AND if you are on your phone and coming from Facebook, open in your favorite browser!)

Deep Philosophical Questions (2008/2020)

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Part 1 of Brainstrips: A Three-part Knowledge Series

Science for Idiots (2008/2020)

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Part 2 of Brainstrips: A Three-part Knowledge Series

Higher Math (2008/2020)

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Part 3 of Brainstrips: A Three-part Knowledge Series

The Shootout (2016)

A western con with your choice of ending.

The Method Detective

The Method Detective is Wonder Woman, The Mandalorian, or Sam Spade…. But it’s really just Seth.

Recently dumped by his girlfriend, his home life in a shambles, Seth Dittmar distracts himself with any case that comes along: solving the murder of a “dead” conspiracy theorist who is not actually dead; bounty hunting a missing gerbil; finding a lost Alpaca sock; searching for a young woman lost in the fifth dimension….

Seth Dittmar is The Method Detective. And he has methods to solve your mysteries….

The Forever Club

The Forever Club is an ensemble web comedy. Using a mash-up of videos, texts, interactive elements, and visual remnants of social media, the series tells the story of Jordan, Cj, Karen, and Gabe. No matter how strange things get during their unusual and often surreal misadventures, and no matter how strained the moments between them, they remain friends. Forever.

The Fall (2015)

Three-time winner of the MBPW (Most Boring Person in the World award), John Smith is about to take a radical step into the next phase of his life. (Click image for “The Fall”)

The Forever Club, e2: “Einstein Says” (2018-2019)

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An ensemble web comedy using a mash-up of videos, texts, animations, memes, interactive elements, and social media. In this episode, to see if they are real, and not figments of their own imaginations, the friends test themselves and the world around them.

How to Rob a Bank

The misadventures of a young and inexperienced bank robber and his female accomplice. Their story is revealed through the searches, texts, apps, and games they use on their phones.

The Fall (2015)

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Three-time winner of the MBPW (Most Boring Person in the World award), John Smith is about to take a radical step into the next phase of his life.

A Change of Heart (2015)

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“A Change of Heart” asks the question, Is there life after college? For Danny Clay, there is no easy answer as his job, dreams, love life, and health devolve into surreal chaos. Refusing to be molded, “Clay” navigates through one strange event after another on his predestined path to what he has always rejected: change.

Protect the Poet (2015)

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“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.

Two Roads Diverged (2014)

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“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.

Videos Related to My Work in Electronic Literature

A small selection of performances, interviews, and events related to my work in electronic literature.

Interview with Heather Gring of the Burchfield Penney Art Center on August 15, 2013 (part of the Living Legacy Project)

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.” https://burchfieldpenney.org/public/audio/08152013_Alan_Bigelow_LLP.mp3

This Is (2014)

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“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.

The Seven Wonders (2013)

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“The Seven Wonders” looks at the wonders of the western world, and a solitary exploration of a kitchen, as a man deals with his absent girlfriend. This work reduces a story to its basic narrative form through the use of archetypal images, video, animation, and text.

My Life in Three Parts (2013)

“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.

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