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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.
"The Electronic Chronicles" by Adrianne Wortzel
“Links between stories and images in these electronic documents are regarded as pockets, absences, lapses, synapses, indicating what is inexpressible or interactively assumed by the viewer/reader.”
About the Work
The Electronic Chronicles is a web-based project that was presented as a thesis in the School of Visual Art. Proposed by Adrianne Wortzel, the project went underway in 1995 with the goal to create stories that are “continually constructed and connected to each other as well as to other sites on the Internet, the World Wide Web, and to virtual communities.” (adriannewortzel.com) She originally intended the work to be viewed with Netscape, though it has been reconstructed since then to emulate the now-archaic browser.
The work itself is presented in two different voices: of those who made the documents and of the actual characters in the work. The first of these treats the subject (the New York Public Library) as though it were thousands of years old. Everything from it’s paintings, papers, and sculptures, to the physical aspects of the building itself, are viewed as archaic and alien. Referred to as the “Twin Lions Building” in “Man-Hat-10”, the writer does her best to explain the reasoning and process behind recording historical events in print-based and digital media. The second voice (those of the historical characters) speak about their lives in first-person, though their commentary still appears as if it is analyzing a world other than our own. The landing page of the site presents users with tables containing links to these characters’ stories, as well as to her narration regarding the subject as a whole. Navigation-wise, the narrator explained that the Electronic Chronicles were produced in the same non-sequential form in which they were found: Each historical figure has a collection of hypertexts for users to explore, as if they are perusing a virtual library of texts.
About the Author
Adrianne Wortzel received her Master in Fine Arts for Computer Arts in 1995 from The School of Visual Arts in New York. Her computer work generally involves innovative techniques regarding interactive web works, though she is also well-known for her robotic installations, production performances, writings and video work. Despite utilizing a wide array of media, Wortzel tends to explore historical and cultural perspectives in combination with fact and fiction. Her work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions in New York galleries and beyond. Because of her research, Wortzel has received several grants including the National Science Foundation Award for the Robotic Renaissance Project. She has also been published in major art journals such as Leonardo in 2007, and in art publications including From Technological to Virtual Art. Adrianne Wortzel has also been a professor of Entertainment Technology and Emerging Media Technologies at the New York City College of Technology.
This is the title page of the work, thanking contributors such as Dr. Eleanor Musing and her team for recreating the work to appear as it would in its intended environment, Netscape.
This is one of the cells within the table, containing links to documents regarding musEleanor.
This page details the "Two Lions" building, examining the New York Library as if it were created thousands of years ago by an alien race.
This is one of the hypertextual pieces contained within the musEleanor collection.
This is a document within the Kiru collection. This particular page contains a video for users to download.
This page is contained within Whirled History, which the user can navigate by clicking disc-shaped icons.
Links to the work
"The Electronic Chronicles" has been recorded in Rhizome's webrecorder. Additionally, it has been crawled by the Wayback Machine. A link to Wortzel's plate in The Progressive Dinner Party is also provided below.
View "The Electronic Chronicles" in the Webrecorder
View the web archive link
“Adrianne Wortzel.” Wikipedia. Last edited 5 March 2019. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27th_G8_summit. Accessed 9 July 2019.
Wortzel, Adrianne. “Bio.” AdrianneWortzel.com. 1995, http://www.adriannewortzel.com/bio/. Accessed 9 July 2019.
Wortzel, Adrianne. “The Electronic Chronicles.” AdrianneWortzel.com. 1995, http://www.adriannewortzel.com/project/ec/. Accessed 9 July 2019.