‘One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold and seven for a secret never to be told.’
Magpiiie is a work of digital poetry that explores the pursuit of ‘success’ and other materialistic things.
Written and developed by Andy Campbell and Judi Alston, the piece uses photo-scanned twigs and branches fused with repeating lines of poetry to create a tightly-woven ‘nest’ that can be explored using the mouse and your mouse’s scroll wheel.
Uncover the shiny objects wedged into the surface of the nest to release the poem. Keep your volume on and turned up to hear the poems read aloud in whispers.
If you have a high-end mobile device (relatively new phone or tablet) you can load up the work and use your touch screen to navigate. The piece also works on Windows touch-enabled laptops and monitors.
During the development of Magpiiie we also re-coded the navigation method for our previous digital poem Aphiddd which now works really well on touch devices.