The Sweet Old Etcetera

– The Sweet Old Etcetera (2006), Allison Clifford –

In the manner of a composer and librettist setting a classic text for an opera, Clifford deftly adapts the poetry of e.e. cummings – notorious for its visual and textual punning – to the Flash environment. The elegance of the visuals along with the evocative audio track evoke a child-like playfulness, and encourages the reader to play as well, as the interactivity is only deduced in the act of engagement. Clifford is careful with each poem of the suite she’s curated, and she transports Cummings’ poetry into a new hermeneutical dimension, suggesting in reverse the graphic and kinetic possibilities that are possible with the static print page.

in Electronic Literature Collection 2

About the Author:

Alison Clifford is an artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work is concerned with defining notions of the interstitial – or in-between – through digital art. She is interested in processes of translation between different forms of media, considering the new creative possibilities that result from what is lost or gained through such interpretation. Outputs include net-art, experimental film, interactive works and audiovisual installations. She has exhibited widely in various international new-media and electronic art festivals and exhibitions, and has received several awards and commissions. These include a BAFTA nomination for interactive media, a commission from SFMOMA, and recent inclusion in the second edition of the Electronic Literature Collection (USA). She has a PhD from Glasgow School of Art; prior to this she gained a Master in Digital Art from the Audiovisual Institute, University of Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), and an MA(Hons) in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. She is a Reader in Digital Art at the University of the West of Scotland.


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