Rebooting Electronic Literature Volume 3: Documenting Pre-Web Born Digital Media

Traversal of Megan Heyward's "of day, of night"

Megan Heyward gave a Traversal of her hypertext novel, of day, of night, on Friday, November 8, 2019 in the Electronic Literature Lab at Washington State University Vancouver. She performed on iMac running MacOS X 10.3 using the version of the work published on CD-ROM by Eastgate Systems, Inc. in 2004.


Traversal of Megan Heyward's of day, of night, Introduction

An introductory trailer for Rebooting Electronic Literature plays in this video, followed by a brief introduction by Dene Grigar for Megan Heyward and her work, of day, of night.

Traversal of Megan Heyward's of day, of night, Part 1

In this video, Megan Heyward provides a brief introduction to the piece. She explains that of day, of night was exhibited in 2001 though it wasn’t published by Eastgate until 2004. She compares it to her first work, I am a Singer, saying that they are both hypertextual interactive narratives. One of the main differences is that I am a Singer explores the concept of “memory”, whereas of day, of night examines “dreams.” Megan summarizes the latter as a story about a woman who has lost the capacity to dream, who must retrieve objects and write stories about the location she found them in. Though the work was built for MacOS9, Megan runs it in MacOSX for this Traversal. She created the work in Director, which many Australian artists had been experimenting with at the time. After the brief introduction, Megan Heyward begins navigating of day, of night.


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