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Biographies or writings that profile the creators of Agrippa.

A “Run” of William Gibson’s “Agrippa” Poem from a Copy of Original 1992 Agrippa Diskette

Rapid access: YouTube
Higher-quality: QuickTime video
20 minutes, 13 seconds.
Agrippa label at start of poem's run

Agrippa "label" at start of poem’s run
Beginning of poem as it scrolls up screen

"I hesitated…"
(Beginning of poem as it scrolls up screen)
The poem continues

"The mechanism…"
(the poem continues)
The poem ends

"laughing, in the mechanism" (the poem ends)
Encrypted text appearing after end of poem
Encrypted text appearing after end of poem
Desktop of Mini vMac emulator

Desktop of Mini vMac emulator with System 7 used to run the poem
Folder on Mini vMac emulator

Folder on Mini vMac emulator with System 7 used to run the poem
Rapid access: YouTube
Higher-quality: QuickTime video
20 minutes, 13 seconds.

 
Item #D51. Video capture of a "run" of William Gibson’s "Agrippa" poem made from playing a disk-image (bit-level) copy of original 1992 Agrippa diskette.

 

Source: original 1992 Agrippa 3.5″ diskette, 1.4 Mb, loaned by collector Allan Chasanoff.

Process: » Disk image (bit-level copy) made using the “dd” copy process. (See Item #D50 on this site: downloadable disk-image file.) » Run of the disk-image copy on a computer using Mini vMac emulator with System 7 book disk (to emulate the functions of the original 1992 Mac platform for which the software on the diskette was created). » Video capture of the resulting run of the poem.

More info: Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, with Doug Reside and Alan Liu, “No Round Trip: Two New Primary Sources for Agrippa.”

     Credits for the “Run”
  • Allan Chassanof (for loan of original diskette)
  • Kevin Begos, Jr.
  • Matthew G. Kirschenbaum and Doug Reside, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
  • Alan Liu
  • Robert Maxwell, Digital Forensics Lab and Office of Information Technology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Bini Tecle and Allan Rough, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Permissions to copy, run, and reproduce the diskette online received from: Kevin Begos, Jr., Allan Chasanoff, and William Gibson.

Scarpa, Marc. Digital Scrapbook Entry on Agrippa

MarcScarpa.com. Retrieved 26 August 2006. http://www.marcscarpa.org/timeline (navigate to “Agrippa” in the Flash interface)

In 1992, Marc Scarpa was hired by Kevin Begos, Jr., to help produce “the Transmission” of Agrippa. This entry in Scarpa’s digital scrapbook provides some details about the event. (The Agrippa transmission was Scarpa’s first netcast production. He later became a leader in the field of live networked productions [bio].) (more…)

Rose, Barbara. “Art and Science Team up.”

Art & Auction June 1992: 32.

Article offers a substantial analysis and description of Dennis Ashbaugh’s artwork. (more…)

William Gibson Alef. Ed. Manuel Derra.

Retrieved 31 August 2005. http://www.antonraubenweiss.com/gibson/gibson0.html

Site features information about many of Gibson’s popular works, as well as information related to Agrippa, including a few photographs of the work. (more…)

Ralls Collection.com. “About Dennis Ashbaugh.”

Retrieved 31 August 2005. http://www.rallscollection.com/bios/ashbaugh_bio.html

Ralls Collection offers biographical information about Dennis Ashbaugh, as well as 31 images of the artist’s mixed-media work.

Lowenthal, Alex. “A Tale of Three Futurists.”

Retrieved 31 Aug. 2005. http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/future/j7/LOWENTHAL.pdf

Article includes a biography of Gibson with a description of Agrippa. (more…)

Johnson, Brian D. “Gibson, William Ford” (Profile).

Maclean’s June 5, 1995. Accessed 31 August 2005.
http://thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=
TCE&Params=M1ARTM0010426

Article offers straightforward biographical information about William Gibson. (more…)

Genomicart.com. “Dennis Ashbaugh.”

Paradise Now: Picturing the Genetic Revolution. Retrieved 31 August 2005. http://www.genomicart.org/ashbaugh.htm

This site features an artistic statement by Dennis Ashbaugh, as well as an image his “genomic” artwork “Bio-Gel (aka The Jolly Green Giant).” (more…)

Center for Book Arts.org. “Dennis Ashbaugh.”

Retrieved 31 August 2005. http://www.centerforbookarts.org/archive/bio.asp?artistID=436

CBA site offers some brief biographical information about Dennis Ashbaugh. (more…)

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