Wednesday, 2 December 2009

BpNichol - First Screening

In 1983/4, Canadian poet BpNichol used an Apple IIe computer and the Apple BASIC programming language to create First Screening, a suite of a dozen programmed, kinetic poems.

The Apple IIe soon became obsolete and the poems became essentially inaccesible.

In 1992, four years after the death of BpNichol, a student at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, began creating a Hypercard version of First Screening.

In 1993, it was published on a 3.5" floppy disk for the Macintosh computer.