Tag Archives: E-Lit


1 Mar

The emblem I chose to explain Multiplicity is a bee hive.

A bee hive is a whirlwind of Multiplicity. There can be up to 50,000 bees in a colony at the height of Summer. The great majority of these bees are doing the same things- they are worker bees. They pollinate flowers and come back to the hive to contribute to the honeycomb. A seemingly monotonous job, these bees are a perfect representation of Multiplicity because of their routine as well as the sheer number participants in the honey-making activity.

There is so much going on at one time around a bee hive. Because of the busy-ness and inability to follow only one thought at a time, the bee hive invokes a feeling of overwhelmedness, like in the E-Lit example, Nio.

Despite the seemingly chaotic atmosphere of a bee hive, there is a big picture in the making- a common goal or connection, even if it is hard to follow one part that is contributing to it. This particular form of Multiplicity varies only in that the core “thought” is more evident because of the visual aid that is watching the process. Without understanding through sight what is occurring, a bee hive would fall into the same group as Gadda’s literature and the E-Lit work, Nio. It would be unnecessarily overwhelming and the core idea would be lost in all the clutter.


28 Feb

The analogy I chose to represent Exactitude is chemistry– the act of mixing compounds for a specific and exact desired result.

Both the E-Lit work “Endemic Battle” and the process of chemistry evoke a great sense of Exactitude because of their extreme precision and specific attention to detail structurally and in terms of the results rendered. In looking at the E-Lit work and examining the chemistry process, the thought or feeling of “micro-management” comes to mind and I cannot help but feel a sense that can only be characterized by Exactitude.

Chemistry is, like other sciences, one that requires great attention to Exactitude. However, I almost feel as though the argument can be made that chemistry is the most exact science because of its necessity to be, for fear or creating harmful results. In every step of a chemist’s process there are methods of maintaining consistency and Exactitude when measuring, comparing, weighing, etc. Take pharmaceuticals, for example. If one ingredient of a drug is off by even a milliliter, it changes the purpose and effectiveness of the drug completely. It could become harmful for the patient or ineffective altogether. For this reason, there are exact methods of measuring liquids and powders.

A meniscus is the curve in the surface of liquid when held in a cylindrical container. The purpose of the term meniscus is so that across the world and scientific process, the same amounts of liquid can be measured the same, by the meniscus, and matched.

On an atomic level, the number of particles in an element, protons, neutrons and electrons, can make the difference in one element or compound and another. For example, simply adding or subtracting an electron to one atom changes its purpose and behavior completely by creating a positively or negatively charged ion. At this small of a scale, the principle of Exactitude cannot be topped.

Both the E-Lit work Endemic Battle and the process of chemistry evoke a great sense of Exactitude because of their extreme precision and specific attention to detail structurally and in terms of the results rendered. In looking at the E-Lit work and examining the chemistry process, the thought or feeling of “micro-management” comes to mind and I cannot help but feel a sense that can only be characterized by Exactitude.

E-Lit Example

28 Feb

The E-Lit example that I chose to represent Exactitude was “Endemic Battle” by  Geof Huth.

I feel as though this piece of E-Lit represents Exactitude is because it is based on and around the pixels of a computer screen. It builds off of a singular pixel and each letter or character is structured by pixels that are nothing but exact in their placement. Pixels by nature are exact because of the way they fit together, but do not quite touch. They create images that only allow for structured placement, especially with pixels of the size in this piece of E-Lit. Because of the large-sized pixels, no image is allowed to have a rounded edge, therefore implying, if only subtly, extreme geometric precision and Exactitude in each of these characters and lines.

Even the aesthetics of the piece, more specifically the colors, black and white, create a sense of Exactitude. There is no stronger contrast than that of black and white against each other. They are at the farthest ends of the color spectrum, and therefore there is no question as to the extent of their contrast. This, in my mind, is another aspect of this piece that implies Exactitude due to the definite line that is created at the seam of the black and white pixels next to each other.

Not only is the piece precise in aesthetics and design, but it is also exact in the way that the text is displayed one character or word at a time. Each action is deliberate so as to create the most exact and precise experience for the viewer possible by guiding where the eye looks at every moment of the piece.

It is for these implied and explicit aesthetic reasons that I believe this piece of E-Lit is the picture of Exactitude- a perfect example of the power of direction and deliberateness.



24 Feb

The analogy I am using to represent Lightness is of free-falling on an amusement park ride such as the Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Doctor Doom’s Fear Fall at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

I feel as though free-falling is comparable to the work of E-Lit that I have chosen for Lightness because they both imply or provide explicitly a sense of weightlessness and discomfort. The weightlessness in the E-Lit work, “in the white darkness” is found from the transparency of the overlay that is layered on top of the actual image. There is a white mask on top of the picture beneath, but the picture is not clearly visible because of the opacity of the white layer and the blurred effect that it creates. This white layer, although evoking a sense of haze, also evokes a sense of weightlessness because it acts as a veil and we understand aesthetically the purpose of a veil and know that it is not of great weight. Free falling also provides a sense of weightlessness because of the physics involved in such an amusement. Typically these types of rides take the rider to the top of the tower or structure at a rather fast speed, therefore pressing the rider into the seat in which they are strapped. When they reach the top, the hydraulic system is released and the vehicle is released so that the passengers are for a moment suspended in the air, weightless.

I have also mentioned that both the E-Lit work and the act of free-falling provide an experience of discomfort. There is discomfort in experiencing the E-Lit work because of the inability to clearly see what is beneath the layer of whiteness. As discussed in the Graphics section, humans’ natural inclination is to feel a sense of discomfort or anxiety when we know that something is there that we cannot see or understand. The free fall also provides discomfort or anxiety to those experiencing the sensation of weightlessness because of the adrenaline that our bodies release in response to being in an atypical situation. Not only do we experience physiological discomfort, but some people have genuine fears of heights or falling and therefore also experience a great emotional response that elicits screaming and sometimes crying to release their feelings of discomfort and anxiety.

E-Lit Example

22 Feb

The E-Lit example I chose to demonstrate Visibility is “Entre Ville” by J.R. Carpenter.

This short narration is about what is assumed to be a group of children who live next toand play in an alleyway and have done so for eight and a half years. They own a dog who sniffs his way up and down the alley, chasing after and retrieving an orange ball. The way in which the story is told is through the most vivid of details to the point where a great sense of Visibility is achieved.

For example:

“Let’s say our dog walk us up and down this alleyway three times a day. That’s eight-and-a-half years up and eight-and-a-half years down. Nine thousand three hundred laps of toenails clicking on the cracked concrete. Tail zigzagging, long tail wagging, long tongue lolling, dog tags clacking. Ears open, eyes darting, nose to the ground.”

Just within this short excerpt the reader gets a sense for what this dog does every day, how he does it and what he looks like doing it. Almost every sense is employed by the reader because of the implied and explicit details. The smell of the ally, the sound of the dog’s nails clicking and tags clacking, the prance of the dog, and one can almost feel the wind blowing through the ally.

The aesthetic I feel from this piece of E-Lit is almost a sense of nostalgia. Memories can be so vivid that clothes, places, patterns, colors, scents, weather and any  number of other elements can be remembered because they are ingrained into our memories through their vivid presence and therefore represent Visibility in our mind’s eye or imagination.


E-Lit Example

22 Feb

The E-Lit example I chose to best exemplify Multiplicity is Nio by Jim Andrews.

As previously mentioned, I feel as though Multiplicity can be largely characterized by invoking a sense of being overwhelmed due to the volume of subjects compacted into a small piece of literature. This work of E-Lit creates a sense of being overwhelmed because of everything that is happening at once. It is a wheel of sounds that can be layered with up to five different versions of a capella voices. Not only are the sounds stacked and repeated, but so are the corresponding characters that match each sound. Due to the intense composition of sound when five are layered, after only a minute or two the “song” is almost unbearable. This is similar to the weight of detail provided by Gadda in his work.

As an experience, it provides a sense of Multiplicity in a literal sense because of the layers upon layers of icons as well as sounds. Each layer is a patter of repeated voices and differing rhythms, so that when they are layered together it is impossible to find the initial layer or pattern of voices, like the literary work of Gadda and his Multiplicity.


E-Lit Example

22 Feb

The E-Lit example I chose to represent Lightness is “in the white darkness: about [the fragility of] memory” by Reiner Strasser.

While the term “white darkness” is of course in itself contradictory, the name of the piece itself implies a great sense of Lightness. When thinking of darkness, one imagines being enveloped by blackness, where no or little light is found. The absence of light brings with it a sense of weight, a sense of being overwhelmed by the discomfort that is caused by the inability to see or sense what is around. Therefore, the name “white darkness” presents almost the antithesis of this weight of darkness- it implies what can be felt as a sheer veil of light. The difference between a true darkness with little or no light and a white darkness, to me, is that of perception. With true darkness, perception of other elements present is highly distorted if not impossible, whereas white darkness, while also a distortion of other elements, at least leaves the person experiencing it aware of the present elements.

As Calvino uses science to exemplify Lightness, so further can a connection between science, Lightness and this piece of E-Literature be made. Our memories function on a system of neurological connections and messages sent through passageways at fractions of seconds. The tiny impulses are another example like that of DNA that Calvino references with respect to Lightness. He says that he looks to science to nourish his visions in which all heaviness disappears. I feel as though our memories and quick neurological impulses are also a scientific instance in which heaviness disappears.



Not only can Lightness and science be found in the implicit and deeper meanings of “in the

white darkness” but so can Lightness be found in the aesthetics of the piece. The title itself lays the foundation for the

weightlessness that the piece bears, free from any capital letters, even though the letters of the words as part of the title. The page initially seen by the audience is that of a white screen with the letters of the title cut out, revealing an image beneath it- the E-Lit. Also seen are a series of small circles connected with curved lines, some solid, some dotted, that lead the audience to make the connection that these imply the brain’s function of a memory and the transmission of information along similar looking passages in our nervous systems. Finally, the revealed piece of E-Lit is a picture of linen curtains hanging in front of a window, blurring the view of what is outside, with an overlaid transparent screen that becomes more opaque, then more transparent, as if flashing slowly or throbbing. Also within the transparent layer are circles that with the throbbing motion seem to grow larger and smaller. These circles are meant to imply the spottiness of the mind of someone who is losing their memory and cannot gain a clear picture of what it is they are trying to recall.