Interview with the artists by Amy Roberts & Kayleen McDonnell: http://dtc-wsuv.org/kmcdonnell15/elo.html
Hours of the Night, a collaboration between M.D. Coverley and Stephanie Strickland, is the most recent of their joint explorations. It arose from a concern for the portability of software in the current platform-rich e-lit environment, particularly because many of the tools they used in the past (Director, Flash) are no longer supported or have limited reach.
Wishing to make use of a widely available and easily managed tool, they chose PowerPoint, believing it to be a popular, standard, authoring system, the products of which could be read on any desktop computer, tablet, or smart phone. Making and porting PowerPoint work turned out to be more difficult than anticipated. Fortunately the latest version of PowerPoint allows one to export MP4s from the PowerPoint file.
Thus available in this exhibit is the truly portable MP4 and as well the PowerPoint file itself (as a slideshow). The latter is viewable only on a Windows machine equipped with PowerPoint for Windows and with the requisite fonts downloaded on it. The aesthetics of the piece are of course not those of a bit of a film but of a series of slides.
Hours of the Night, an experimental poem, addresses subjects often avoided—age and aging, sleep and the night.
Stephanie Strickland has published eight books of poetry and ten works of electronic literature. Zone : Zero, book + CD, includes the poem slippingglimpsewhich maps text to Atlantic wave patterns. V : WaveTercets / Losing L’una is accompanied by the Vniverse app for iPad, written with Ian Hatcher, and available free at the Apple store. A poem generator written with Nick Montfort, Sea and Spar Between, has been shown widely. Recent digital poems include House of Trust with Ian Hatcher and Hours of the Night with M.D. Coverley. A member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization, Strickland edited Electronic Literature Collection Volume 1. For more on her work, go tohttp://stephaniestrickland.com.
Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink writes hypermedia fiction as M.D. Coverley. Her full-length interactive, electronic novel, Califia, is available on CD-ROM from Eastgate Systems. Egypt: The Book of Going Forth by Day was published in 2006. Coverley’s Web short stories and essays have appeared in The Iowa Review Web, BeeHive,Artifacts, Cauldron & Net, The Blue Moon Review, Riding the Meridian, Salt Hill, New River, Currents in Electronic Literacy, Bunk, Poems That Go, Enterzone, The Salt River Review, Aileron, Blast 5 (Alt X Publications), Room Without Walls, and frAme. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Literature Organization.http://califia.us Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org