ELO Electronic Literature Organization

The Winners!

Fiction short list:
Paul Chan
Caitlin Fisher
Shelley Jackson
Talan Memmott
judge's comments

Poetry short list


Judging criteria

2001 Awards Ceremony


The Impermanence Agent
by Noah Wardrip-Fruin, a.c. chapman, Brion Moss, and Duane Whitehurst

This piece consists of a small 'Agent' window that the user places in a corner of their screen, a proxy server, and a web server. The Agent window tells a story. The proxy server monitors user web browsing and alters browsed pages. The information from proxy monitoring is used to customize the story, and the customized version is served to the Agent window from the web server. Customization continues until none of the original story remains.

Set your Netscape 4 proxy to graphics.cat.nyu.edu port 8080, and no proxy for nyu.edu, and then point your web browser to http://www.cat.nyu.edu/agent to start. Netscape Navigator 4 is the preferred browser for this site. To see the work's entire process, you should be prepared to leave your browser operating over a sustained period of time.

Noah Wardrip-Fruin


Noah Wardrip-Fruin, a.c. chapman, Brion Moss, and Duane Whitehurst are an untitled artists collective which has never (ever) met. Between them they write fiction, blow glass, teach, make art, build and manage complex networks, design web sites, and consume chocolate chip cookies. They live in New York, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Portland, Oregon.

ELO acknowledges the support of our global sponsor, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation for their generous support of the Electronic Literature Directory project. We also thank our hosts at UCLA: the Center for Digital Humanities, the English Department, the Design| Media Arts Department, the School of the Arts and Architecture, and SINAPSE. We thank also the Illinois Humanities Council and the Illinois Arts Council, who supported the 2001-2002 Interactions program, 2001 Awards and founding sponsor ZDNet and founding sponsor NBCi.