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The Agrippa Files

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The Poem Running in Emulation

Tue, 02 Dec 2008 21:02:48 +0000

William Gibson’s poem played from a 3½-inch diskette on a 1992-era Mac computer running the System 7 operating system. When the diskette ran, the text of the poem scrolled up the screen (accompanied by infrequent sound effects: a camera shutter click, a gun going off) while an encryption program on the diskette encoded each line […]

Agrippa   »Emulations

Tue, 02 Dec 2008 20:56:44 +0000

The Poem Running in Emulation » Context & Related Items Fading Ink Simulation » Context

Bibliography   » Press Notices

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 00:18:15 +0000

Brief press notices of Agrippa (a book of the dead). See also press releases from the publisher and press reviews.

Archival Documents   »The “Hack”

Wed, 30 Nov 2005 22:08:39 +0000

Material related to the “hacking” of the self-encrypting diskette containing William Gibson’s poem and the release of its text onto the MindVox BBS on Dec. 10, 1992 (and subsequently into the wilds of the Internet). See Matthew G. Kirschenbaum’s discussion of the competing explanations of the “hack” and whether it was a code hack at […]

Agrippa»The Poem

Wed, 09 Nov 2005 09:05:19 +0000

Agrippa the book contains a diskette buried in a hollowed-out cavity. When played in a 1992-era Mac computer, the diskette scrolls a 305-line poem by William Gibson unstoppably up the screen once, then performs an encryption-like effect on it that makes it  “disappear” for all but the most determined hacker. Gibson’s text is a trans-generational […]

Agrippa»Additional and Detail Photos

Sun, 30 Oct 2005 18:49:28 +0000

Additional and detail photos of the Archive-1 copy of Agrippa (a book of the dead).

Study Tools

Sun, 23 Oct 2005 04:31:29 +0000

Resources and tools to facilitate study of Agrippa on this site include an Itemized Inventory of materials collected in “The Book” and “Archival Documents” categories and the Virtual Lightbox. »Itemized Inventory »Virtual Lightbox

Virtual Lightbox

Sun, 23 Oct 2005 04:23:21 +0000

The Virtual Lightbox is a browser-based Java tool for studying, juxtaposing, comparing, and resizing multiple images as if arranging slides on a “lightbox.” Users can also populate the lightbox with images from their own hard drives. Requires Sun Java® runtime environment 1.3+ plug-in.

Agrippa»Fading Ink Simulation

Fri, 07 Oct 2005 08:37:03 +0000

Artist Dennis Ashbaugh intended to print antique newspaper and photographic equipment catalog advertisements of technological artifacts (TV, phone, magic lantern, etc.) in “disappearing” ink over his copperplate aquatint etchings featuring DNA-gel motifs (not actual DNA stain patterns but aesthetic renderings). Exposing the pages to light or air were to have made these “overprints” gradually vanish, […]

Primary and Archival Materials Collected on This Site

Wed, 05 Oct 2005 08:12:49 +0000

Itemized inventory of materials collected in the “Agrippa” and “Archival Documents” categories.