Alan Bigelow – Science For Idiots

Alan Bigelow


Science For Idiots” is an older Flash piece resurrected using HTML5, CSS, and Javascript and now playable on multiple devices and browsers. Its resurrection is the first “education” offered to the viewer: a visit to the online source page is an instruction, via its example, of how a Flash work can be converted into a contemporary piece of electronic literature for the web.

The second “education” is within the piece itself. “Science For Idiots” takes us through some basic scientific concepts (evolution, global warming, elementary particles, and so on) and explains them in graphic form. The piece concludes with an interactive “Science For Idiots” quiz.

About the Author(s):

Alan Bigelow is the recipient of the Robert Coover Award for Electronic Literature (2017); the Judge’s Prize, Opening Up Digital Fiction Writing Competition (2017); First Runner Up, Digital Humanities Awards (2016); and the Lauréat du Prix (First Prize) Poésie Média, BIPVAL international Prix de Poésie Média (2011). His work, installations, and conversations concerning digital fiction and poetry have appeared in the Library of Congress (USA), SFMOMA, La Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Paris),,, The National Art Center (Tokyo), Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts, FAD, VAD,, The Museum of New Art, Art Tech Media, FILE, Blackbird, Drunken Boat, IDEAS, New River Journal, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, and many other places worldwide.


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