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    Edward Picot

    "Rilke and the Archaic Torso"

    "How does Rilke get from his admiration of the statue to his closing phrase - 'Du mußt dein Leben ändern' ('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

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    Richard -

    Re: "Rilke and the Archaic Torso"

    Dear Mr. Picot,
    I am not blind to the importance of the new genre in which you are working. This is a public forum, so I'd like to ask you if hyperliterature is applicable to traditional genres like historical fiction, historical narrative or pure history, for that matter? It is obviously a new and exceptionally viable means for writers to reach the electronic generation -- who are so visual and intellectual at the same time. I am personally interested in investigating hyperlitature for this very reason -- in increase my readership. I noticed yesterday that The History Channel is bringing WWII battles to life by offering visually digitalized reproductions of what, till now, has been only described in writing. Please contact me if this has any significance to you. rlfulgham@hotmail.com. Thanks for an exciting glimpse into the future of literature. (PS: I'm a giant Rilke fan.)

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    Edward Picot

    Re: "Rilke and the Archaic Torso"

    Richard -

    Sorry to take so long to reply. I always forget to tick the "e-mail replies to this thread" box at the bottom of the message-box, so I don't see if anyone has posted something unless I go back and look at my old messages, which I did just now.

    In reply to your question about hyperliterature and historical narratives of one kind and another, the answer is yes, and in lots of different ways. You can easily imagine an online page describing a battle in the Napoleonic wars having lots of appropriate sound-effects in the background, or links which make little pictures of the action pop up if you click on them. That's probably the least interesting option. More interesting would be an animated battle-plan - a map showing how the various forces moved from place to place as the battle unfolded, with controls allowing the reader/viewer to pause or rewind the action. This would be comparatively easy to do in something like Flash.

    More interesting to me is the nonlinear angle - instead of presenting events as a linear narrative which has to be read in a particular sequence, you can have many different points of view, which can be read in any sequence you like. I hope you don't mind me directing you to my own site, but there's an article about the theory of nonlinear literature (originally published in the P N Review) at http://edwardpicot.com/hyperliterature7.html .

    - Edward

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