Slavery’s Ephemera / 2006

Text by Judith Jackson Fossett, Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

An interactive essay which stages reflections upon Louisiana plantation culture on a virtual Mississippi river down which key phrases float and run aground, triggering photographic and prose recollections of the region.  A collaboration with scholar Judith Jackson Fossett.

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Slavery’s Ephemera Screenshot 1

Slavery’s Ephemera draws heavily upon photographs taken by the author during recent tours of Louisiana plantations.


Slavery’s Ephemera Screenshot 2

Keywords float down a river whose geography is inspired by the Mississippi River, becoming lodged at specific plantation sites along the way.


Slavery’s Ephemera Screenshot 3

Each “stuck” keyword provides an opportunity to explore images and text about the site.


Slavery’s Ephemera Screenshot 4

Images and text pile up on each other in an evocation of the confounding layering of history and myth in present-day Louisiana.