hypertext allows for fluidity, I can post this paragraph today and
change it tomorrow, or within an hour or next year. This sketchBook
is ready to be added to, subtracted from, changed and posted. There
is no need for the closure of print to bestow authority upon it -
any authority that exists is in a contract between writer and reader.
Sketch books are used primarily to have a conversation with oneself.
How, then, can one make them available to an audience? My solution
to this is to construct these 'pages' so that they assemble a sketchBook:
a use of the medium of the web to present information of different
kinds intended to form a coherent whole.
In print (certainly if we are seen to be 'professional') I could
not have presented the above paragraph in less than a fixed state.
The implication being that I had considered the statement carefully
enough to be confident that it could be rendered in static, unchanging
So what kind of information is here? Well, certainly the sketchBook
is intended to be informative, in a way, but the word information
is not quite appropriate. The tone of things is more diaristic, accommodating
different levels of experience simultaneously while not pretending
that there is a sole author or observer of them. To
use a computing metaphor: if the artworks presented here on this site
were written by an underlying code then this sketchBook may be one
way to get a handle on that code.
pages will be reworked and reordered as material develops.
||I've had a self-made book on the go ever since I was 8 or so: note
books, sketch books, scrap books, cartoon books etc.
lot of my thinking on the subject of hypertext and its creative potential
has been influenced by two key books: 'Orality and Literacy' by Walter
Ong, (1991), Routledge & 'Writing Space' by J.D.Bolter, (1991),
Laurence Erlbaum Associates.