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Egypt

Egypt: Going Forth by Day

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Overview

Coverley allowed me to use some sound files from this work to create a separate soundtrack. No text, no images, but still a multi-part aural narrative about a journey down the Nile River, through present and past, three states of consciousness, and the fixed and the moving. A wonderful opportunity to experiment with the power of sound to BE the narrative at the basis of electronic literature.

Background

Egypt: The Book of Going Forth by Day is novel-like narrative created by M.D. Coverley (pen name for Marjorie Coverley Luesebrink) in 2006. The story takes place in the past, the present, and infinity, interweaving contemporary account, Egyptian mythology, and history into a navigable world, mapped as the realms of the river, the sky, and the tomb. Plot summary.

First editions of Egypt were essentially artist books. Coverley used Macromedia Director to individually assemble and record each copy. She included a selected "spell" to guide the reader through the Egyptian underworld featured in the novel.

Since the story requires that the reader have access to present and past, three states of consciousness, and the fixed and the moving, I needed to devise a structure that would allow fluid access to each element. Going Forth, then, depends upon a structured choreography of movement—a continually-transforming "hieroglyph" of kinetic symbolism and an evolving syntax of navigation.—M.D. Coverley, 2001

In addition to hypertext, digital images, and kinetic effects, Coverley used sound as part of the work's text. The result celebrates the materiality of both Egyptian hieroglyphic writing and electronic literature. Read Coverley's detailed account of the work.

Orphaned by the demise of Director and Shockwave, Egypt was unavailable for years. Coverley is now, once again, hand making copies using contemporary technologies that allow readers to "go forth" in Egypt.

Artist Statement

Coverley allowed me to use some of her sound files to create a separate soundtrack for Egypt: The Book of Going Forth by Day. No text, no images, but still a multi-part aural narrative about a journey down the Nile River, through present and past, three states of consciousness, and the fixed and the moving.

Egypt: The Soundtrack is a wonderful opportunity to experiment with the power of sound to BE the narrative at the basis of electronic literature.

Outcomes

11'22 as 11'22"
FILE 2017
Sao Paulo, Brazil
July-August 2017
Sound art. 11'22" (juried exhibition, 2017)
My archival website