“Little Book of Prompts” by Sylvanus Shaw

Screen capture of "Little Book of Prompts" by Sylvanus Shaw. A series of virtual pages floating in fixed position, among them a crossword puzzle. Text: "(one page cropped out of view) / RORSCHACH CROSSWORD / Part One / IX. Sequence Problem / _ Y _ _ R _ _ N"
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This work prompts readers to write according to a set of poetic constraints, offering original, famous, and obscure forms and examples. The interface offers a series of virtual pages floating in fixed positions in space, and allowing readers to tilt them, zoom in and out, and flip them over to read the examples on their verso. A close examination of its yellowed pages reveals barely perceptible ink marks from handwriting on the other side, but that information is missing when one flips the page. Why evoke such physicality in the pages?

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“Nomen Sacrum Trial” by Sylvanus Shaw

Screen capture of “Nomen Sacrum Trial” by Sylvanus Shaw.  Three rectangular tiles - a gray one in the middle with text written on it, and a black one on each side also with text on them.
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This “psychometric trial” prompts readers to explore their sacred name through manipulation of the “lettered sieve” an infinite set of language constructed as follows:

For the following trial, imagine the alphabet, followed by, in alphabetical order, all permutations of pairs of letters of the alphabet, followed by all permutations of triples of letters of the alphabet, followed by quadruples, and so on for quintuples, sextuples, and so on. Let us call this infinite set of letters a ‘Lettered Sieve.’ Possessing a working concept of the Lettered Sieve is essential to completing the first seven parts of the trial.

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