Niss's electronic poem retells a story (inspired by the Oulipian Raymond Queneau's Exercises de Style) in many different styles and following many different constraints. The computer is central to the retelling as the text varies almost smoothly along two dimensions, controlled by the position of the mouse pointer in a colored square (to the right in the screen-shot below). Behind this poetry is the mathematical concept of a two-dimensional vector space, in which each point (or text) has a coordinate with respect to each basis vector (version of the text, or dimension along which the text can change).
|A screenshot from "Morningside Vector Space" by Millie Niss|
"Morningside Vector Space" is one of a collection of six "oulipoems" -- interactive electronic poetry by Millie Niss -- available here. Additional links to electronic literature are included in this post (highlighting work by Stephanie Strickland) from 6 July 2010.