[xyz], a set of interactive poems about space, opened at the Strauss Gallery at Dartmouth College.
Consisting of Four computers / game engine / hardware / sound / custom code / text, the work presents as individual pieces the spatial metaphors inherent within virtual systems and on the grammatical and lexical notions in language itself.
In [xyz], the rules of game playing and the rules for language reside in the same location. Player-readers participate in the dynamic combination of new texts using the fundamental metaphoric system that governs the development of computerized spaces—namely, the 16th Century three dimensional Cartesian coordinate system, with axis lines x, y, and z.
The gallery contains a computer-controlled application for each axis. Each of these directions contains a different section of a larger text. Visitors to the gallery may interact with the words on the screen using the controller located under the screen and collect sets of words as they wish. These words are then sent to the projected image where the player-readers’ choices combine.