orbital : a postcard to space travel

+ orbital engine
+ original poem

The poem "Orbital" was inspired by imagining writing a letter to or from a traveller in space. It includes references to the sea and the navigators of the oceans, of which it has been said "they were the astronauts of their age".

Words arrive on the screen from "where you are", your IP address, plotting position and order for the words from its internal "map" reading backwards through the server IP addresses of you and other visitors to the orbital engine. A weaving together of languages (poetic and programming).

original poem orbital by mac dunlop
orbital engine programmed by neil jenkins

Orbital has also been featured in the the following online magazines and exhibitions


Rhizome [ http://rhizome.org/object.rhiz?3773 ]

Neural Online [ http://www.neural.it/nnews/orbitalpoem.htm ]