Author: Zach Whalen

12
Feb

Zen for JPG

I’m a fan of the Moviebarcode Tumblr blog, which creates elegant “barcode” versions of movies and other visual media. Conceptually, it’s similar to what Lev Manovich does with image sets and that I and my DGST 101 students tried to replicate last semester. Instead of shrinking each frame into pixels on a tapestry, moviebarcode squeezes […]

3
Feb

Four Responses to #!

When I first read Nick Montfort’s #!, I shared my initial response via Twitter in the form of a Perl one-liner. Since I’m teaching #! this semester, I’ve been taking a second look and growing in my appreciation and understanding of the Perl poems in particular, so I thought I’d revisit that review and expand […]

27
Jan

On the Poetics of “Haiku by a Robot”

Haiku is a Japanese poetic form emphasizing brevity, clarity, and the juxtaposition of images or ideas. Its translation or appropration into English has foregrounded the 5-7-5 syllable rule, and its influence on Modernist poets like Ezra Pound or William Carlos Williams is quite clear. Even if that strict sense of syllable counting isn’t essentially part […]

14
Nov

Visual Text Analysis with ImageMagick

In my classes, I’ve been talking about and showing off the kinds of visual analysis one can accomplish by extracting frames from video and comparing them in a montage format. This approach has been pioneered by Lev Manovich, Jeremy Douglass and others under the heading of Software Studies, and Manovich’s website discusses this technique and […]

22
Sep

Power Dive into the Danger Zone

Earlier this year, a twitter account known as @555uhz gained some attention and eventually notoriety for posting, at a rate of one image per 2 seconds of film twice an hour, the movie Top Gun. This was a cool idea, and a clever use of Twitter to celebrate a well-known film. Even though posting images […]

20
Jan

Lexia to Perplexia (2000 – 2013)

In January 2014, I traveled to Chicago to participate in the annual Convention of the Modern Language Association. There, I participated in a roundtable, Session 583: Electronic Literature After Flash, where I delivered a brief presentation on Talan Memmott’s Lexia to Perplexia. I wanted to talk about how this work has stopped functioning in some […]

8
Mar

STS13: Videogame Typography and its Antecedents

This past week, I traveled to and presented a paper at the Society for Textual Scholarship. Although I’ve been interested in and working with Textual Studies for some time, this was my first time at the STS conference, and more than anything else, I found it an extraordinary learning experience. Ironically, STS13 was just a […]