Bathroom Sketches (2008) : underwater poems from an unconscious mind  

This website is being updated in February 2021 after the death of Flash plugin. What remains is documentation of what was formerly a dynamic generative interactive oasis.

This project was originally completed January-May 2008 in Montreal.
It appeared online as a blog with 28 interactive video poems.








Thaw

when the spring runoff
creates arbitrary streams all over the city, and the small hill (that
we call a mountain here in Montreal) sheds its snows, then beneath the
anarchic rivulets, crouched amongst the anemic flattened grass, bubbles
cling to stalks, holding to the ephemeral life given to them.
And in this is echo, a lesion.

This is a former Flash poem that dynamically loads 61 brief videos, a soundtrack, and a set of poetic phrases which the viewer could accelerate thru with the arrow keys.

Flash R.I.P. January 2021.








Today

Video documentation of a 2008 interactive video poem now dead due to death of Flash plugin!

In 2008 I wrote on the 'Bathroom Sketches' website http://glia.ca/sketches_wp/

"The days have passed swiftly. The sketches migrate out of the bathroom. More meditative, maybe boring; whatever, it’s spring-time. The writing is always done in an array form now. And its leading toward a truncation of meaning, a condensation of intent; morpheme bubble clusters isolated almost alienated, communicating yet intent on their private purpose.

(no)des. corrugated cerebral insidious clots. instantiated instincts.

Navigation note: None. Click-anywhere to goto next phrase. As always, for full viewing pleasure: use right-mouse (or CTRL+right-mouse on Mac) button to go ‘FULL screen’ .

Dissect it (nothing new here): SOURCE CODE + videos + sound (40 mb .) http://glia.ca/sketches/swfs/April-2008/today/today-download+videos.zip or just the Flash MX SOURCE CODE ( Cruft commentary: Nothing has changed. Old code accumulates like dust.) http://glia.ca/sketches/swfs/April-2008/today/today-download.zip

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Soundtrack water from a walk in the cemetery. Thanks again to Jericho and Pasc for again letting me use their keyboard.

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Location: The set was an aquarium at TML. The bubbles are under the water surface.








ShelfStorm

Video documentation of a 2008 interactive video poem now dead due to death of Flash plugin!

In 2008 I wrote on the 'Bathroom Sketches' website http://glia.ca/sketches_wp/

"I made this last week, but have let it sit. Gestating. It’s fairly melancholy so if you are looking for a party, best to move on.

Hard language, gentle sounds, effulgent light. A lament on the political state of the world. Filmed on a windowsill.

It begins with a shit of blandness. Propaganda and mental debris blowing everywhere. Then the hierarchies sprout.

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Navigation note: None. Click-anywhere to goto next phrase. As always, for full viewing pleasure: use right-mouse (or CTRL+right-mouse on Mac) button to go ‘FULL screen’ .

Dissect it (nothing new here): SOURCE CODE + videos + sound (44 mb .) http://glia.ca/sketches/swfs/April-2008/shelfStorm/shelfStorm-download+videos.zip or just the Flash MX SOURCE CODE ( Cruft commentary: Nothing has changed. Old code accumulates like dust.) http://glia.ca/sketches/swfs/April-2008/shelfStorm/shelfStorm-download.zip

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Soundtrack: Once again thanks again to Jericho and Pasc for letting me use their keyboard.

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Dedication: For Francis Foster whose windowsill contains such radiant worlds.








Candle

Video documentation of a 2008 interactive video poem now dead due to death of Flash plugin!

In 2008 I wrote on the 'Bathroom Sketches' website http://glia.ca/sketches_wp/

"A homage to nostalgia and mortality, this brief wistful study has been hovering in my archives since last week.

in this world of melting dreams>gentle tongues make harvest>hands console hearts

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Dissect it (nothing much new here): SOURCE CODE + videos + sound (14.2 mb .) http://glia.ca/sketches/swfs/April-2008/memoryCandle/memoryCandle-download+videos.zip or just the Flash MX SOURCE CODE http://glia.ca/sketches/swfs/April-2008/memoryCandle/memoryCandle-download.zip ( Cruft commentary: Nothing has changed. Old code accumulates like dust.)

Navigation note: None. Click-anywhere to goto next phrase. As always, for full viewing pleasure: use right-mouse (or CTRL+right-mouse on Mac) button to go ‘FULL screen’ .

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Dedication: This one is for Uncle Ken, a good man, who died last week."


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