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  • Pathfinders

    Dene Grigar and Stuart Moulthrop

    Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature

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  • Performing Archive: Edward S. Curtis + ‘the vanishing race

    Amy Borsuk, Beatrice Schuster, David J. Kim, Heather Blackmore, Jacqueline Wernimont, and Ulia Gosart

    A meta-archive and collection of essays on the ethnographic and photographic work of Edward S. Curtis.

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  • New Media and American Literature

    Curtis Marez, Jeffrey Shandler, Steve Anderson and Jentery Sayers

    Special issue of American Literature which includes four essays authored in Scalar.

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  • Hearing the ‘Music of the Hemispheres’

    Erin B. Mee

    A multimodal article examining the concert as an aural rendering of acts of spectatorship.

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  • Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality

    Colin Gordon

    An examination of inequality in modern America.

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  • D|N|A: Seven Interactive Essays on Nonlinear Storytelling

    Matt Soar and Monika Gagnon

    Brings together seven ‘essays’ by nine thinkers and artists to explore the emergent medium of nonlinear digital storytelling.

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  • The Nicest Kids in Town

    Matthew F. Delmont

    The history of American Bandstand re-examined, with direct access to archival video.

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Custom Design

  • Freedom’s Ring

    Direction and Art by Evan Bissell, Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

    A multimedia exploration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

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  • The Knotted Line

    Direction and Painting by Evan Bissell, Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

    A richly interactive visual interface combined with a deep pedagogical resource, both powered by Scalar.

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A selection of projects authored with Scalar.

The Knotted Line Direction and Painting by Evan Bissell, Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

A page from The Knotted Line

Custom front-end interface for The Knotted Line.
A page from The Knotted Line

Scalar back-end for The Knotted Line.

The Knotted Line features a custom-built front-end website designed in Flash to pull content via Scalar’s open API as well as a back-end website built in Scalar.

The Knotted Line takes its name from a set of over 40 paintings by artist and project director Evan Bissell which are connected by a thin, interactive line to tell the intertwining stories of labor, education and incarceration in the geographic area of United States from 1495 – 2025. The primary experience of the piece is a Flash-based interface which enables users to rip the line open to reveal the paintings and related historical annotations. These historical details are delivered by Scalar via its open API, and each links to a page within Scalar that more fully explores its topic, with generous amounts of embedded media. Integrating anonymous user comments, and designed for use in classroom environments as well as by the general public, The Knotted Line demonstrates the versatility of Scalar as both as a pedagogical tool and as a content management system.

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