Concept Experience #6

Concept Experience #6: Finding a “Fantic Space”

Ted Nelson’s Computer Lib / Dream Machines

Read Nelson on fantics, p 319 – 321.

Nelson says:

By “fantics” I mean the art and science of getting ideas across, both emotionally and cognitively. “Presentation” could be a general word for it. The character of what gets across is always dual; both the explicit structures, and feelings that go with them. These two aspects, exactness and connotation, are an inseparable whole; what is conveyed generally has both. The reader or viewer always gets feelings along with information, even when the creators of the information think that its “content” is much more restricted. A beautiful example: ponderous “technical” manuals which carry much more connotatively than the author realizes. Such volumes may convey to some readers an (intended) impression of competence, to others a sense of the authors’ obtuseness and non-imagination.

 In fantics as a whole, then we are concerned with:

  1. The art and science of presentation. Thus it naturally includes
  2. Techniques of presentation: writing, stage direction, movie making, magazine layout, sound overlay, etc. and of course
  3. Media themselves, their analysis and design; and ultimately
  4. The design of systems for presentation. This will of course involve computers hereafter, both conceptually and technically; since it obviously includes, for the future, branching and intricately interactive systems enacted by programmable mechanisms, i.e. computers. Thus computer display, data structures (and, to an extent, programming languages and techniques) are all a part.

 … Fantic Space (Nelson, p. 323) Pudovkin and Eisenstein, great Russian movie-makers of the twenties, talked about “filmic space”—the imaginary space that the action seems to be in. This concept extends itself naturally to fantic space, th espace and relationships sensed by a viewer of any medium, o ra user in any presenting or responding environment. The design of computer display systems, then, is really the artful crafting of fantic space. Technicalities are subservient to effects.

Concept Experience #6 Finding a Fantic Space:

This week’s concept experience asks you to find an online “fantic space” that intrigues and engages you. These spaces could be other blogs and websites you find online that include webtext and images. This should be an online space that you’d like to imitate in your own Inquiry Project, a space that represents your best imagining of how you’d like to “represent” your final inquiry project. You may not know HOW to make this imagined design come true, but this concept experience asks you to find the most creative webtexts you’d like to imitate out there on the Internet.

Please include a link to at least 1 model of interesting DESIGN you found online (a “fantic space” that engages you as a viewer); If you can find two, please share both!!  Share the link and write about what appeals to you in this visual design. Also look for 1 model of interesting WRITING VOICE you found online.  Share the link and write about what appeals to you about this writer’s VOICE.

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