Inhabited Text was originally developed as the online companion to the PhD Thesis:
'Inhabited Content: An Exploration into the role of the viewer through the realisation of In Conversation and other works.' The work functions as a chatspace where visitors to the site can ask questions of dr_susan and also about the text environment they find themselves in.
"I didn't set out to make this (text that is) as a piece of work, although it may well become that. The intention was more to find a form of writing that might critically reflect the processes within the work that it seeks to describe/contextualise/investigate. A truth to materials/content principle inasmuch as I'm applying some of the same 'situation-specific' rules to the writing that I do to the artwork. This is also an attempt at defining an alternative methodology/outcome for a Fine Art Thesis for a PhD by practice. The writing here is definitely rooted and coming out of a 'practical' investigation." - dr_susan
Inhabited Text cgi and chatserver programming by Michiel Dethmers.
The development of Inhabited Text was financially supported by a research and development grant from the Combined Arts Unit of the Arts Council of England.