Although literature in general is a type of art, a form of human expression, I found Inanimate Alice to be a new form of artwork that I will call literature art. I am not even sure if there is such a term. I want to bring up a colleague’s blog in relating to a similar type of art work known as tech art installations, which is also a new form of art for me.
This literature art is a digital, interactive fictional story about a young girl starring at the age of eight in the first episode of what seems to be an ongoing series. I am not sure where it is at in its completion. Readers of Inanimate Alice will experience the storytelling as if watching a mini-movie all while reading text. The digital visuals and background and sounds are creatively composed.
My overall thoughts about this literature art was negative at first, particularly not my style of reading and definitely not conducive to my learning styles. I am multimodal in my learning styles, but there was just too much going on for me Inanimate Alice. Additionally, I don’t tend to multi-task or utilize different learning styles at the same time. For example, I had to turn the TV off to write this blog; otherwise, I would be listening to it and won’t be able to focus on my train of thought to write. So, I will admit that I did turn down the volume to the story when watching it the first time. I will also admit that I have watched the first four episodes three times now over different days. The first time, I just wanted to get through the story. I wanted to click to the “next” page. I was slightly frustrated at some of the interactive portions, especially parts where it wasn’t so intuitive at first.
After class discussions yesterday night and giving it more thought, I do see positive aspects in this new digital literature medium. First off, I do see it as a very creative art form that takes mad skills to produce, especially a quality one. Second, although it may not be for me, incorporating the different learning styles and evoking different senses perhaps will help young readers to be more engage in the reading material/story, especially if they don’t necessarily understand the text or know all the vocabularies. The flashing/shaking of sentences and movement of imagery are like clues to help a young readers to critically think about what is going on, or creatively and cleverly make something up…as if they knew what they “read.” Lastly, I think is type of literature could be helpful in “reading” comprehension for students who don’t care for the more conventional reading books. I will definitely have to explore more on this type of art.