The Fugue

The Fugue Book

The Fugue Book is an ironic project that uses a Facebook application in order to create a narrative in part about Facebook and privacy concerns. Once logged into her account, the reader starts receiving messages from different characters that look like her friends but are in fact simulations created through the capture of her Facebook friends' information. The narrative is based on the fact that the reader is not in fact who she says or thinks she is, the aim of which is to reflect upon our construction and entrapment within virtual worlds.


Author description: Written in Catalan, The Fugue Book thematizes the mutability and precarious aspects of personal identity. Using "Facebook Connect," the story draws personal information about the reader and his friends (the main characters) from Facebook itself. The work combines a variety of modes, genres, and platforms: wikis, discussion forums, erotic stories, blogs, and social media. Most texts are actual email messages, which is to say that the real email of the reader is a fundamental component of the text. The multimedia structure is very simple in that it only integrates static images, parts of speech synthesis (adapted to the reader), and text. The languages of programming are ActionScript and PHP.

Instructions: A Facebook account is required.

Previous publication: The Fugue Book was the winner of the Vicent Ferrer mention for the best work in Catalan at the "Ciutat de Vinaròs Digital Literature Award" 2008.

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