Maxwell Neely-Cohen, Shelby Wilson, and hints of form
Every evening, Uno asks where the sun is going. In reply, I recite a song from childhood, telling him the sun shines on others and that everyone on Earth needs its rays. Without a question mark, he asks if the sun shines on Dedi, his grandfather in Austria, and I reply with a calming yes so we can sleep and wake up to another day of rough and tough construction play1.
Space makes the sentence, silence enables the melody and fallow regenerates the soil. Every form spawns from pause. During my break, Naive Weekly shifted shape: the font and colors changed, and the newsletter now rests on its own domain2. Something else is germinating, but you’ll have to wait a few more weeks for it to show.
Concrete Form is a poetic play on categories.
Prose Play is a tool for evolving meaning.
Grid World is a computation and childhood reflection.
The essence of the internet I care for: an annual literature review for the internet. All of the links above come from the recently published second edition, but that is only three out of seventeen contributions, so I encourage you to read the editor’s note and indulge yourself in this bouquet of wayside internet flowers.
“We seek to use technological tools for storytelling and poetry instead of data harvesting for advertising. To play, explore, and harmonize rather than disrupt. To make things ourselves, slowly, favoring human practice over optimization. Transparency over ease.” — Maxwell Neely-Cohen and Shelby Wilson
The forbidden zone
Damon Zucconi is the OG gardener of poetic websites. If in doubt, visit their list of sprawling sites before you head on to read their interview about space, time and containers with the incredible Are.na crew.
“It’s less an impulse to organize and more an impulse to locate productive structures that I could work within. I’ve always had this sense that if you build a container for something, you will make things to fill it. What I frequently do is try to figure out different containers. A website is a container. For the most part, the reason I make artwork is to put it on a website [laughs].” — Damon Zucconi
The other week this letter was sent to 1448 inboxes. It will always be free for everyone. Instead so I’m keeping it donation-based. Currently, thirty people support me with a paid subscription. Logo by Studio Hollywood. Photograph by Ana Šantl.
“Rough and tough construction play” is a line from Goodnight, Goodnight Construction, a children’s book favourite that we read every evening and Uno recites from memory.