Alan Bigelow

ABOUT THE WORK
Alan Bigelow's "webyarns" generally incorporate text, audio, and video and often allow reader interaction. Some works invite readers to submit their own writing as content for the work. His pieces tend to be immediately appealing, engaging the reader with vibrant graphics and an intuitive interface. Once immersed, you find yourself responding playfully to these often humorous and sometimes ironic engagements with contemporary culture, society, and politics.

“MyNovel.org” presents radical remixes of classic novels like the _Scarlet Letter_ or _Moby Dick_, each condensed down to just four sentences. Instead of "accurately" summarizing the classics, Bigelow explores how the demands of instant and consumer-friendly reading would have treated such past tomes as the words flicker against an abstract background. Then we all enter into this post-novel space as we're invited to write our own novel, so long as it is only four sentences, and post it to the website. You can view visitors' original and remixed novels as well.

“Brainstrips” is a "three-part knowledge series" which begins with 1. "Deep Philosophical Questions," then takes us to 2. "Science for Idiots" and concludes with 3. "Higher Math." Shimmering mashups from classic comic books, powerpoint presentations and quizzes entertain as they mis-educuate us, as both to play with a postmodern sense of unknowability and at the same time tweaking us to become more alert and engaged. Brainstrips - First publication credit: Blackbird Journal

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alan Bigelow describes himself as a fiction writer who became interested in "creating stories as multimedia events," using Flash. He has composed and coded over 16 web-based works since 2000, many of which are available through his own aptly named Webyarns.com. Bigelow has exhibited and performed widely at such important digital art venues as Turbulence.org, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, E-Poetry 2007 and 2009, Art Tech Media (CORDOBA 0.8), and the Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. Based in Buffalo, New York, Bigelow teaches at Medaille College.

LINKS
http://www.Webyarns.com
Profile at Rhizome
http://www.rhizome.org/profile.php?1049759
"Ten Predications about Electronic Literature"
http://netpoetic.com/2009/07/ten-predictions-about-digital-literature/