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New in the Reference Pool: "Heavy Industries"
Networked slam poetry with a dash of elegance
Working only with text and music within Macromedia Flash, Young Hae Chang creates works which manage to break out of the linearity of language while often describing it's trappings. This work is always political in nature, describing corporate, national, and personal horrors with an intelligence, originality, and deep emotion that leaves the viewer wondering what has just happened to them.

For my art reviews I'll rate things according to the Pool's system of rating, a 1-10 -- 10 being the best system, rating technical, perceptual and conceptual proficiency.

URL: www.yhchang.com/

technical: 10 Flash MX. The fact that her use of technology is so simple is what makes it so sublime. No beat or sound in the music is left unacknowledged by the rhythm of Chang's words.

perceptual:  10 Phrases and words flash across the screen to the rhythm of the jazz music. It is impossible to read these words as one might read a physical book. The first time through one of her pieces, one has a glimmer, and a sense of what just was relayed. The resultant experience of this work must simulate the synapses that fire as Chang is feeling her subject matter: it happens all at once, and only after time, and revisiting the piece that the viewer is able to sort out what it is all "about." In this way, I feel that Chang has in some ways managed to break out of the trappings of linear text, linear text which often affords the reader a kind of distance and complacency. It's a kind of networked slam poetry.

conceptual: 10 Not only is the structure and presentation of Chang's writing praiseworthy, but the actual content of the work is of the kind that no matter how many times you read it, it always has something more to offer. I especially love Rain on Sea, a narrative in the second person which describes a kind of evolution and destruction of consciousness....
Posted 2005-10-16 17:38:41 by Margaretha Haughwout
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Great example of new media narrative [Jon Ippolito, 2006-03-04 18:31:55]

This review rings true to me. Chang's stories are punchy, sexy, and delivered via an interface that is "musical" in more ways than one.

She gets extra points for making her project with only 2% of Flash!

jon


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