Christopher Funkhouser and Sonny Rae Tempest
1 February 2016
Shy nag (a code opera): ACT II
The libretto Shy nag (a code opera): Act II was created by Sonny Rae Tempest and Chris Funkhouser, using a process similar process to the one used to compose ‘Exit Ducky’, outlined in an essay ‘Picture Becomes Text, Becomes Writing: Software as Interlocutor’, published in Cordite Poetry Review 40.1: INTERLOCUTOR. Shy nag’s libretto started by opening the image file of an UnderAcademy College course logo (see below) as a Chinese character-encoded text file.
In February 2015, a first staged reading of Shy nag was produced in Newark by students and faculty of the Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Department (Louis Wells, Brian O’Mahoney, Daniel Ovalle, Kassandra Perez, Eric Holzer, Antonio Johnson, Allison Mitchell, Olivia Duho, Darian Capellan, Sindy Sanchez); a second staging (Act I) occurred in August 2015, at the Electronic Literature Organization Festival in Bergen, Norway (Maria Aladren, Sandy Baldwin, Kathi Inman Berens, Natalia Fedorova, Aleatory Funkhouser, Christopher Funkhouser, Fluorish Klink, Jeneen Naji, Álvaro Seiça, Louis Wells). Act I is published in VLAK 5 (Czech Republic: LITTERARIA PRAGENSIA 2015).
For further information, including links to documentation, an essay on the process of producing the work, and open-sourced materials used to prepare Shy nag.