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Resisting the Epic
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Resisting the Epic

Text, Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

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Resisting the Epic is an interactive essay adapted from a talk given at the 1999 Interactive Frictions conference about the ways in which the lust for an epic canvas can compromise digital creators.


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At the piece begins, its argument is laid out in linear fashion, reflecting the epic mindset’s tendencies to create static structures.

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Once the user begins to reshape the argument, placing pieces of it inside the box, the text begins to disintegrate.

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Upon placing the whole argument inside the box, the user simultaneously destroys the text and symbolically achieves the bounded condition so conducive to creativity in the digital world.

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