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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
"Believe" by Diane Caney
“What did it feel like to be a female academic writer trying to write a thesis while almost every aspect of her life was falling apart ...? And how could she ever have come to believe in God?” -Believe
About the Work
Diane created Believe to function both as a website and a novel. Diane stated that the work was meant to circulate ideas regarding isolation and despair, while also attempting to achieve peace or bliss in some form. She wanted to weave together fifteen short stories and poems that would create a non-linear narrative, which she achieved by using writing and website construction techniques. And though these stories are being written by her fictional character Theodora Free, some aspects of Diane’s life can be found within it. She wished to invite the reader to "Write yourself, backwards and forwards, until it makes sense." (Believe)
The work is structured in a way that allows exploration in any direction. When entering the site, the user is presented with a cluster of text and images, each object containing a link to a different page. As they explore the work, they learn who Theodora is and how various events shaped her life.
Diane began the project during a trAce writer’s workshop in 1999 run by Christy Sheffield Sanford. But in 2011-2012, she revised several of the poems while being the resident poet at CHADO. As she wrote in the website’s description, the novel is still evolving, and as time passes new perspectives are gained.
About the Author
Diane has a PhD in English and has published in journals such as Riding the Meridian, trAce, and Resoundings. Most of her creative works involve various forms of hypertext, ranging from simple texts and links to combining animation and imagery. Despite these differences, most of her works focus on pushing the boundaries of poetry, exploring theories, and experimenting with storytelling. Over time, she has gained experience with writing and information design.
This is the first page visitors are taken to. In the center is an image of a swing, which is surrounded by text. Each of these objects can be clicked on, which will link the user to another page.
This is a screenshot of one chapter within the work. Despite being a website, the work resembles a novel.
Diane Caney blended short poems and stories together to create a non-linear autobiography. This is one of the poems within her work.
Occasionally, users are taken to an image placed on a black screen. Though Diane Caney wanted to explore peace and hope, she also wanted to blend it with themes of isolation and despair.
Links to the work
"Believe" has been recorded in Rhizome's webrecorder. Additionally, it has been crawled by the Wayback Machine. A link to Caney's plate in The Progressive Dinner Party is also provided below.
View "Believe" in the Webrecorder
View the web archive link
Caney, Diane. “About.” Believe. 1999, https://web.archive.org/web/19991201001553/http://www.overthere.com.au/believe/about.html. Accessed 6 July 2019.
Caney, Diane. “About.” overthere.com/au. 1998, http://www.overthere.com.au/about/about.html. Accessed 6 July 2019.
Caney, Diane. “Begin.” Believe. 1999, https://webrecorder.io/KZoller/believe/20190524184646/http://www.overthere.com.au/believe/begin.html. Accessed 6 July 2019.
Caney, Diane. “Believing.” Believe. 1999, https://webrecorder.io/KZoller/believe/20190524184646/http://www.overthere.com.au/believe/believing.html. Accessed 6 July 2019.
Caney, Diane. “Curriculum Vitae.” overthere.com/au. 1998, http://www.overthere.com.au/about/cv.html. Accessed 6 July 2019.
Caney, Diane. “Publications.” overthere.com/au. 1998, http://www.overthere.com.au/about/publications.html. Accessed 6 July 2019.
“trAce Workshop Members, Spring, 1999.” dtc-wsuv.org. http://dtc-wsuv.org/elit/trace/writers/sanford/members.html. Accessed 6 July 2019.
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.