Edward Picot
Since 2002
Works in Cranbrook United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

BIO
Edward Picot lives in the UK with his wife and one daughter. He was born in 1958. He self-publishes works of hyperliterature and has written criticism for the P N Review (a UK-based literary print magazine), Slope and trAce. He has edited the first Slope Hyperliterature Issue (Spring 2003). His website is at http://www.edwardpicot.com
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DISCUSSION

MataData


How about breaking down the definition of any given work into a number of separate stages?

1.What are the file formats? HTML, XHTML, .swf, .mov, .mpg, .jpg, .gif etc., or combinations thereof.
2.Any additional information about viewing requirements: Windows-only, Mac-only, JavaScript required, popups used, etc.
3.Content: audio, animation, text, images, interactive elements, generative elements, etc.
4.Mode of presentation: CD, DVD, online, installation, via mobile phone, etc.
5.General description of the work, including genre: this would include the "folksonomy" terms such as "web.art" which may or may not mean anything ten years from now.
6.Maybe some technical information about how it was produced, ie. what coding language was used? I'm not sure if answers to this question are 100% implied by answers to questions 1 and 2.

- Edward Picot

DISCUSSION

Words of One Syllable


New on The Hyperliterature Exchange for February 2006: my review of "The Syllabary", a work-in-progress by Peter McCarey, which maps all the monosyllabic words in the English/Scottish language onto a huge grid, and will eventually include a short poem for every one of them.

"Whatever its merits or demerits as a piece of new media, The Syllabary undoubtedly succeeds as a piece of writing. The originality of its concept and the 'sound poem' of monosyllables would make it worth a visit by themselves: but what makes it worth going back to time after time is the unfailingly high quality of the little poems it contains..."

To read the whole review, go to http://hyperex.co.uk/reviewsyllabary.php .

The Hyperliterature Exchange is an online directory and review of new media literature for sale on the Web. More than 120 works are now listed. Please visit and browse at http://hyperex.co.uk .

- Edward Picot
personal website - http://edwardpicot.com

DISCUSSION

"Banana Story" - new Flash animation


A banana sets out to discover the truth about monkeys... with predictable results. A short Flash animation, based on a story made up by my seven-year-old daughter Rachel, available for 25c via BitPass (or free for the poor and stingy) at www.edwardpicot.com .

"Highly recommended!" - Millie Niss (http://www.sporkworld.org//index.php)

- Edward Picot
please also visit http://hyperex.co.uk - The Hyperliterature Exchange

DISCUSSION

Unanswered Questions


New on The Hyperliterature Exchange for November 2005: Edward Picot reviews "Inanimate Alice", a new media fiction from Kate Pullinger and Babel, and "Aftershocks", a new media murder documentary from Martha Deed.

"Both 'Inanimate Alice' and 'Aftershocks' use unanswered questions as a technique for capturing our attention. They exploit the fact that when things are left unresolved, we feel more obliged to read on, in search of a resolution. But both stories go further than simply arousing our curiosity..."

To read the whole review, go to http://hyperex.co.uk/reviewafteralice.php .

The Hyperliterature Exchange is an online directory and review of new media literature for sale on the Web. More than 120 works are now listed. Please visit and browse at http://hyperex.co.uk .

- Edward Picot
personal website - http://edwardpicot.com

DISCUSSION

"Rilke and the Archaic Torso", by Edward Picot


How does Rilke get from his admiration of the statue to his closing phrase - 'Du must dein Leben andern' ('You must change your life')? Why should a marble torso, however magnificent, seem to be sending him (and us) such a powerful challenge?"

Taking Rilke's famous poem "Archaic Torso of Apollo" as his starting-point, Edward Picot's new work of hyperliterature provides first a commentary on the poem, then an undercommentary, and finally a poetic response of his own, animated in Flash, with hurtling fragments of Greek statuary.

The New Media artist and writer Millie Niss has just opened up her website (http://sporkworld.org) to work from guest artists, and Edward Picot is the first to appear there. "Rilke and the Archaic Torso" can be seen at http://sporkworld.org/guestartists/picot/index.html .

- Edward Picot
http://edwardpicot.com - personal website
http://hyperex.co.uk - The Hyperliterature Exchange