“[theHouse]” by Mary Flanagan

Screen capture from "[theHouse]" by Mary Flanagan. Grey background with various grey cubes of which one has two lines of text written in it. Text: "never speaking / it is a test"
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This is a challenging work because its presents a simple, yet imprecise, interface that allows one to explore an ever shifting 3D virtual space. Its boxes change colors and sizes and display texts randomly selected and assembled from four different datasets, triggered by a schedule or by user interaction.

What becomes apparent after navigating, clicking, and reading the generated texts for a while is that a relationship is spiraling out of control, trapped in a set of miscommunications, going round and round confined spaces, but getting nowhere.

A peek at the source code shows the sets of phrases to be randomly reassembled, separated by standard Processing code markers that coincidentally resemble sad emoticons.

Featured in The Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 1.

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