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The 39 Works
As aforementioned, The Progressive Dinner Party contains 39 digital works by female artists, which were chosen from Carolyn Guertin's site Assemblage: The Women's Hypertext Gallery. These works can be accessed through their place settings, and are listed below in alphabetical order by title. Also included here are tags describing the work, which include descriptions in the previous page. These tags serve to provide a brief overview regarding the nature of each piece for the reader's convenience.
The majority of the works have been run through the Webrecorder for preservation purposes. Many can still be found in their original states on the web, though the updated version of The Progressive Dinner Party uses the URLS generated by the Webrecorder whenever possible.
Frames, High Interactivity, Image Rich
Tags: Macro Hypertext
Tags: Tables, Slideshows
Tags: Page Refresh, GIFs, Video, Audio
Tags: Macro Hypertext, Tables, Collaboration
Tags: Hypertext, Frames, Java Applets
Tags: Hypertext, Proprietary Software (Adobe PageMill)
Tags: Shockwave, Flash, Audio, Broken
Tags: Proprietary Software (Adobe GoLive 4), Frames
Tags: Hypertext, Frames, Page Refresh, Collaboration
Tags: Micro Hypertext, Frames, Tables
Tags: Micro Hypertext, Page Refresh, Video
Tags: Frames, Image Rich, Audio
Tags: Hypertext, Collaboration
Tags: Micro Hypertext, Frames
Tags: Hypertext, Area Maps, Tables
Tags: Hypertext, Shockwave, Tables
Tags: Tables, Image Rich, Missing
Tags: Micro Hypertext
Tags: Hypertext, Tables
Tags: Hypertext, Frames
Tags: Frames, Missing
Tags: Shockwave, Audio, High Interactivity
Tags: Hypertext, Page Refresh, Audio
Tags: Hypertext, Shockwave, Audio
Tags: Flash, Missing
39 Works Key
To present the 39 restored works, a system was devised involving tags and organizing them alphabetically by title. The works themselves can be viewed in alphabetical order in the next page, and the tag descriptions can be found here. These tags serve to provide a brief overview regarding the key features of each piece for the reader's convenience.
Area maps are used to create images with clickable areas. They are usually presented as a <map> tag towards the end of an <img> tag, followed by a list of screen coordinates. Though rarer, area maps is included as a tag because of the unique functionality it introduces, allowing users to hover over various spots on an image to access different hyperlinks.
This is for works that include auditory components.
Broken or Missing works
Unfortunately, not all of the local files for the works within The Progressive Dinner Party could be obtained. This was either because the work no longer existed (such as Slattery’s Glide) or because contact could not be made with the author for missing files. When possible, an external link to the most complete version of the work was provided in the website.
This tag is applied to works that were produced by multiple artists.
Works that used Adobe Flash to produce animations or sounds were given this tag. Unfortunately, all support for Adobe Flash in modern web browsers will be dropped in December 2020; thus it was imperative that these works were restored within the Webrecorder to ensure their survival.
Frame sets are used in HTML to divide the screen into sections, or "frames", that coexist while simultaneously remaining separate from each other. These are works that use frames as main components for separating menus, images, buttons, and more.
GIFs (Graphic Interchange Format) are still or animated images used by works to introduce animations with technology other than software such as Adobe Flash or Shockwave.
High Level Interactivity
On occasion, a work will demand greater participation on the users part than average to experience the work.
This tag specifies works that focus on hyperlinking text as a way of communicating messages.
Though many of the works featured in The Progressive Dinner Party include images, some of them cannot be easily navigated without them. Such works may be using images as the main way of presenting the piece. Others may include images to provide critical visual cues, such as written cues (like Home, Back and Next), or non-written cues (like arrows and other icons.)
For works that are presented in a linear fashion.
This includes hypertexts that are unusually large, usually as a result of collaboration from one or more artists.
Refreshing the page to redirect users to another is a fairly common practice among these web artists.
Many of the works relied on software produced by companies. Though Adobe Flash and Shockwave are considered proprietary, they were unique and used often enough to justify separate tags.
Artists on the web have many different methods of presentation at their disposal, which includes featuring their work as a slideshow.
This tag is given to works that utilize tables in an important way, such as for images or overlaying content.
This is for works that include video components.
This tag is applied to works utilizing Adobe Shockwave. Though support for Shockwave was dropped in April 2019, Shockwave plugins are still available for certain browsers. Thus, it was imperative that these works were restored with the Webrecorder to ensure their survival.
"Silicon Valley Journal" by Cathy Marshall
“It's a little like a TV crime scene here in Silicon Valley: ‘Move along folks. Nothing to see. Move along.’” -Silicon Valley Journal
About the Work
Cathy Marshall’s Silicon Valley Journal details random events in the life of Mrs. John Glenn, a resident living in Silicon Valley. As she settles into a new apartment complex, social sphere, and last name, Mrs. Glenn gradually discovers the various oddities the area has to offer her, including (but not limited to): sneaky slugs, the lifestyle of the previous family living in her apartment, a newfound weakness towards Safeway, a mysterious tomato thief, and some surprisingly easy ways to acquire wealth.
Marshall’s hypertext is fairly linear in structure, though users have the option to return to the table of contents at any time to select an article of their own choosing. The images she uses serve as digital artifacts from Mrs. Glenn’s life in relation to particular experiences, which are related to the reader in first person. Though the work is simple in its design, the colorful writing is nevertheless entertaining to read-- though it portrays Silicon Valley as an unexciting area to live in on the surface, Marshall manages to make it fascinating by implying that mysteries lie just beneath:
“But I've stopped for a glimpse anyway. I don't know what I expect: Jim Clark is no Andy Warhol, nor is Marc Andreessen an Edie Sedgwick (or even a Jackie Curtis). No glamour here, folks. No celebrities. No flashbulbs popping.
Yet there is a strange fascination.” (Silicon Valley Journal)
About the Author
As a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley, Cathy Marshall has had the opportunity to contribute to both the product and research divisions within the company. Thus, she has gained much experience from working within areas such as information science, computer science, the humanities, and (on occasion) art. She was one of the earliest members of the Hypertext community formed in 1987, and has since then led a number of projects concerning analytical work practices and collaborative hypertext. Marshall would later win the Hypertext conference’s best paper award in 1998 and 1999, which was then followed by the JCDL best paper award in 1998 and 2008.
With so many experiences under her belt, Marshall’s interests have grown to include spatial hypertext, digital archiving and long-term retrieval, how we share and use encountered information, interactions with electronic publications, the Semantic Web and social tagging. Marshall has been deeply involved in these various digital fields of study, having delivered keynotes at Hypertext, WWW, CNI, IVICA, and Unsenix Fast. She served as the Program Chair of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries in 2003, in addition to serving as the Program co-Chair of Hypertext in 1996 and JCDL in 2006. She has also been a reviewer for numerous journals including ACM Transactions on Office Information Systems and Computer Interaction, The Journal of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, IEEE Spectrum, Journal of Management Information Systems, Interacting With Computers, and IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics and Others.
This is the table of contents section within "Silicon Valley Journal." Each journal entry is presented as a picture relating to the topic, with the title just alongside it.
This is the first journal article within the Table of Contents. Here, Mrs. Glenn shares her newfound weakness towards Safeway due to deals offered with the Safeway Club Card. Navigation to the next entry or the Table of Contents are listed at the bottom of the page
Here is a rather odd journal entry describing miniature cows that graze on the carpet in Mrs. Glenn's apartment.
In this journal entry, Mrs. Glenn describes her understanding of the previous family living in her apartment by examining the mail they neglected to unsubscribe from.
Links to the work
"Silicon Valley Journal" has been recorded in Rhizome's webrecorder. Additionally, it has been crawled by the Wayback Machine. A link to Marshall's plate in The Progressive Dinner Party is also provided below.
View "Silicon Valley Journal" in the Webrecorder
View the web archive link
Atzenbeck, Claus. “Interview with Cathy Marshall.” ACM Sigweb Newsletter, Winter issue, Article No. 2, January 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20190726181540/https://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1457509&bnc=1. Accessed 27 July 2019.
“Cathy Marshall.” PeoplePill.com. https://peoplepill.com/people/cathy-marshall-1/. Accessed 27 July 2019.
Marshall, Cathy. “Cathy Marshall’s HomePage.” Microsoft Research Silicon Valley. https://web.archive.org/web/20070729230910/http://research.microsoft.com/~cathymar/. Accessed 27 July 2019.
Marshall, Cathy. Cathy Marshall’s Silicon Valley Journal. 1996, http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/~cathycmarshall/svj/svj.html. Accessed 27 July 2019.