Regina Pinto has created a work based on Millie Niss’s Call for Erewhon 2.0.
By design, this work is released on Millie’s 37th birthday.
Enjoy!

Regina Pinto has created a work based on Millie Niss’s Call for Erewhon 2.0.

By design, this work is released on Millie’s 37th birthday.

Enjoy!

6 May 2010


The birth of an art project

requires technical expertise, equipment, artistic vision, and the energy to carry out the project.  It is the last of these that we so often forget, but Millie Niss was well-aware of these requirements – especially when she was well enough to be inspired, but too ill to bring her ideas to fruition.

As Regina Pinto launches her “Beware of the RaGhost,” triggered by Millie Niss’s Erewhon 2.0 Call last October, I like to think of Millie, happy wherever she is that her Call has triggered this delightful and magical installation.

4 May 2010


And finally,

a few words about the color scheme Millie adopted for the Erewhon 2.0 Tumbler site.  It was striking, the colors so intense in contrast to the pastels of Sporkworld.  I wished I had asked her how she came up with those color combinations.

This Spring, I think I have found the answer.  Although Millie’s physical condition kept her indoors most of the time, she enjoyed the house and its surroundings, was sensitive to the year’s seasons, sounds and smells as they cycled past our windows.  As I photographed what she saw from her window, the pastels and the intense purples and pinks linked with the greens that dominate Sporkworld:

4 May 2010


the crab apple tree

the crab apple tree

4 May 2010


the endangered trilium, which we keep caged to discourage the deer – a sight that never ceased to amuse her

the endangered trilium, which we keep caged
to discourage the deer –
a sight that never ceased to amuse her

4 May 2010


the lilac bushes just outside her bathroom window, their fragrances wafting through the second floor of the house

the lilac bushes just outside her bathroom window,
their fragrances wafting through the second floor of the house

4 May 2010


and the day and night skies of our rural county
– even though we are in a city

These colors, I believe, contributed to Erewhon 2.0’s graphic design.

4 May 2010


Challenge 1 (call for participation)

As per the guidelines in the previous post, we are soliciting submissions in any media that are, even tangentially,  related to themes addressed in this blog. However, wide open calls are often harder to submit to than calls with stringent constraints on what can be submitted.  (Textual constraints are a major part of the Oulipo literary movement, and were also used in writing the original NFE texts.)

So we offer this specific challenge:  Look at the lists of Erewhon keywords (some are actually phrases) and choose one list.  Then make a piece of media (text, image, video, animation, sound, interactive multimedia or even old style media such as painting or embroidery) that uses your whole list of keywords.  You can be strict about this and use the exact keywords in a text, or be looser and allow them to be altered or replace by something they evoke.  The piece does not need to contain text at all.  The keywords may be represented by images or sounds or some more indirect manner.

The results will be posted on the blog and possibly subjected to further remixing.

30 October 2009


26 October 2009 announce user-contrib


The Electronic Muse

The Electronic Muse (Millie Niss) from Oulipoems

25 October 2009 generative digital poetry sporkworld