1987 digital poetry by Geof Huth

New on vispo.com:

ENDEMIC BATTLE COLLAGE AND OTHER 1987 APPLE BASIC POEMS
by Geof Huth
vispo.com/huth

From Jim Andrews:

Endemic Battle Collage and other 1987 Apple Basic Poems is a suite of programmed, animated poems by Geof Huth. This work is discussed in Chris Funkhouser’s landmark book Prehistoric Digital Poetry. Because this early Huth work is digital and from 1987, it’s been unavailable for many years. You can view the work as video at vispo.com/huth or download an emulator and view the poems through the emulator. Also included on vispo.com are writings by Geof Huth about these works and about digital poetry more generally. And an introduction by me to the project.

This is some of the earliest programmed+kinetic visual poetry created. This Huth work and bpNichol’s related First Screening at vispo.com/bp exude the sense of excitement Nichol and Huth felt at this incunabular point in the intersection of visual and digital poetry with the cinematic.

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  • DIGITAL POETRY

    Digital poetry was born from the relation between man and machine.

    That Relation is developing on two Planes: a surface – plane where you can see the result of a poetic action, and a deepest plane, hidding, realized by the software whom allows to carry out that kind of relation. In this type of costruction, the conception, creation of the software and the outcome are making the digital poetry.

    RED NIGHT POETRY

    The software was made to put a connection between man-machine founded on minimal elements: the click of the mouse and position of the click in a particulate field of desk. The result is the answer of the machine by man’s stimuluses. The connection become a communication and its outcome is a product that we use to call: digital poetry.

    Its language has formed by minimal elements becoming words of a poetic communication.
    “Red night poetry” is a digital poetry made by a lot of numeric poetries done by internet consumers.

    HOW IT WORKS:

    1. All users, when they find the page:

    www.poesianumerica.net

    begin to make his poetry clicking in various position in the blue field. It’ll born a coloured
    drawing that at the end it’ll create the digital poetry.
    2. It doesn’t possible to erase the effects of the clicks but we can just erase everything and to start again pressing reload taste of the browser.
    3. When the users complete the poetry, to take part to the creation of “Red Night poetry”, they have to press the key “K” on the keyboard, so it’ll copy the new poetries. Then, they have to stick up the copied imagine to the software as: Paint, Photoshop or others.
    They have to save these files without compression in format .jpg and to send it to:

    If they get an e-mail program as Outlook Express (Windows) or Mail (Mac) or other program, when they’ve finished digital poetry, press “K” tast of the keyboard and press the link “INVIA” situated below digital poetry, to stick up it in the mail message and to send the
    e-mail.

    The size of poetry is 720 px X 576 px and the resolution of 72 dpi, that is the same size of DV PAL photogram. Therefore, poetry can be to put in a video and printed on photograph paper. Both video and all the printed matter constitude the art istallation called “Red night poetry”.

    It’ll present to the public in a room of the PAN (Palazzo Arti Napoli), during the Lello Masucci’s art exhibition from the 28 march to 27 april 2009. Each poetries will be put on the internet webpage: www.poesianumerica.net/poemanotturnorosso.html.