In today's new edition of Saturday Sharing, you'll want to get interactive with the Ghent Altarpiece, which now has its own site; have fun with visual poet David (Jhave) Johnston's "prototype mashup machine"; listen to a Weekly Reader talk with a Minnesota writer; browse Map Literary for interesting new visual art finds; say "Hey to Michel Foucault"; and visit a post office with Kristoffer Tripplaar.
✦ Poet-programmer Jhave Johnston has created a Flash-based "prototype mashup machine" (MUPS) that can play simultaneously up to 32 audio streams; alternatively, you can turn on an option called WEAVE that will allow for one segment to be heard before being intercut with another. All the audio files used come from PennSound (its collection of source material numbers more than 1,200 files) and feature poets such as Charles Bernstein, Rae Armantrout, Amiri Baraka, and Jorie Graham. Click on the link above and you'll land on a page with a grid; click on any square to begin listening. It's a fascinating way to explore technologically the sensing, occurrence, and control of silences when confronted with constantly changing voices and to consider how poetics evolves. It's also just fun to mix the sounds. (My thanks to the Harriet blog for the link.)
✦ Here's a Tumblr site for Foucault fans: Hey, Michel Foucault.
✦ Conservation of the Ghent Altarpiece, photographed centimeter by centimeter, has resulted in creation of an interactive Website, Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece. Viewers may examine the masterpiece virtually while it is open or closed. (At the Website, click the "i" icon to view images and obtain information about the conservation process and the Website's creation. Be patient, as the site may take some time to load.)
Randy Kennedy, "Ghent Altarpiece Gets Own Interactive Web Site", The New York Times, February 24, 2012
✦ The craft of writing is the focus of Weekly Reader, which features readings from and discussions with primarily Minnesota writers. The online audio archive currently showcases poets Patrick Cabello Hansel, Candace Black, and Scott Welvaert, nonfiction writer Diana Joseph, and memoirist Rebecca Kanner. (My thanks to New Pages for the link.)
✦ Washington, D.C., native and widely published photojournalist Kristoffer Tripplaar, who says he's always been "truly fascinated" by how mail reaches its destination, has created a site he calls The Post Office Project. You'll find there his wonderful photographs of post offices, which he documents in imaginative and often unexpected ways, finding beauty in details, revealing a bit of quirky irreverence, and, at times, tugging at the heart.
Sam Dolnick, "Magic in the Nearly Forgotten Mailbox", LENS Blog, The New York Times, February 27, 2012