First Screening is a charming suite of short e-poems programmed in Apple BASIC by Canadian Concrete Poet bpNichol in 1984. This work was preserved, documented, ported, curated, and published in Vispo.com in 2007 by a collaborative group of poets and programmers: Jim Andrews, Geof Huth, Lionel Kearns, Marko Niemi, and Dan Waber. This publication consists of a curated collection of four different versions of this work:
- The original DSK file of the 1984 edition, which can be opened with an Apple IIe emulator, along with the Apple BASIC source code as a text file, and scanned images of the printed matter published with the 51/4 inch floppy disks it was distributed in.
- A video captured documentation of the emulated version in Quicktime format.
- The 1993 HyperCard version, ported by J. B. Hohm, along with the printed matter of that published edition.
But no one should miss the opportunity to see these letters and words dance, rockin’ it like it’s 1984!