Dazzle as Question
is an animated hypermedia poem which traces the conflict between
the left and right brain inclinations of an erstwhile 'old school'
artist [as] experienced via his encounter with the digital realm.
This conflict notes the[digital] media/um's seemingly unrivaled
sway as pitted against the narrator's right brain predilections
[heralds of an identity within which he was formerly ensconced,
as if such were an ethic of his very being
is a lyrical one; it's locutional marks and
varied rhythmic emphases are indicative of the particular
tones and dialectical nature of the question and confusion
underlying this untoward 'love/hate' relationship. The poem
is wrought with the haunt of a foreboding caught between fascination
and an almost 'big-brother'-like fear of the 'addiction' to
which the narrator is succumbing. The noted tendencies of
the digital are then marked by the use of text within the
piece - it is not easily read, but is rather ghostlike and
obscured - thereby signifying the effect of the media/um in
erasing/displacing the narrator's words/identity, undermining
his marks. The effect is thus abstracted, culminating in an
aura, shall we say, which is more "... impressionistic/textural
c. allan dinsmore
Allan Dinsmore is a writer, artist, and the editor and designer
of Cauldron & Net: a journal of the arts & new media.
She has completed MFA studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art
and holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design/The New School
for Social Research. Ms. Dinsmore has exhibited worldwide
and been published as an artist, critic, essayist and poet.
Her work is in the permanent collections of the American Craft
Museum, The Smithsonian and The Montreal Museum of Art, as
well as within numerous private collections. Presently she
is a web designer and president of Studio Cleo where she works
as a new media artist and indulges herself in such anachronistic
pursuits as bookmaking and metalwork.