extreme whitespace
read between the lines
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exwhite.pl
(Zipfile of Perl download for Linux; runs slowly on MacOSX native Terminal.)
Sorry - doesn't seem to work on Perl 5.8 - Works OK on Perl 5.6 and 5.6.1!

Questions for philosophical ponderers:
Is performance typing the logical successor to laptop techno?


Will whitespacing ever replace whitewater rafting?

Do attempts to make Linux/coding/open_source cool miss the true beauty of the awkward ugly duckling?


Also check out deprogrammer VJ Übergeek's CyberSpaceLand software and live show!

and...Live Video: Übergeek covers Leroy Anderson's "The Typewriter"

contact: exwhite -at- deprogramming.us

   
 
# Extreme Whitespace takes advantage of your linux/unix text
# terminal's natural talent as a realtime video instrument!
# It's really pretty simple. About all this script really does it is 
# continually spew whitespace into your terminal for you to type 
# into/with/against/around... 
#
# If you want just the "essence" of this script, see the exwhitesimple.pl
# script - it just does the simple blowing of whitespace into your
# terminal, without the color, variations, etc.
#
# Video jamming the natural way! Typing as performance art? Reverse karaoke!
# No patches to build, no peripherals to buy, no DirectX/OpenGL hassles -
# Just peck away! Try it in your favorite club!
#
# Somewhat inspired by one of our favorite visual music films. 
# And also by the fact that we have been typing commands into unix shells 
# several hours a day for the past 10 years, and we type kinda fast and 
# loud and use the arrow keys a lot. Sometimes entire rooms turn around and
# stare when we type. So we felt very performative and we started to get 
# very misty about the whole damn thing. 
#
# Extreme Whitespace Performance Typing. Laptop Techno for Your Eyes (tm). 
# 

Screenshots!
Sorry they don't show it in motion but maybe you can get the idea.

Extreme Whitespace Live Experience!
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Read_me 2.3
, Helsinki, May 2003 (world premiere)
1 - Photo: Mike Bonanno

2 - Photo: Mike Bonanno
3 - Photo: Mike Bonanno







exwhitesimple.pl
the simple version.
also included in the zipfile at left.
 
 



   

 
         
         
           
 
vocabulary terms:
# none of interest here.