A Humument App
By Tom Phillips
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
A Humument, an oracle of love and life: a diversion of chance and change.
Combining the 367 full-colour pages of Tom Phillips’ artist’s book, the treated Victorian novel A Humument, with an interactive oracle function, this App displays the luminous artwork in a fun and highly accessible way. The App version updates with new pages, often in advance of their printed publication.
Using a chosen date and a randomly generated number the oracle will cast two pages to be read in tandem. You may receive direction, encouragement or warning. The Find wheel spins through the book to quickly navigate the pages visually and find your favourites. Email your personal choices or oracle reading to friends. Sharekit supports image posts to Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook direct from the App.
I found this book (or rather, it found me) when I was not quite thirty and have worked on it constantly ever since. It beckoned me on as it yielded strange words and provoked new images and told the fragmentary tale of Irma and Bill Toge. Now I am well over seventy and still revisiting and revising its pages, I find further layers of hidden texts and buried messages. Like the I Ching, the ancient Chinese Book of Changes, chance pairs of pages, taken together and interpreted, act as a guide and cryptic commentary on life in word and picture; a not-too-serious oracle which I now share with you.
Tom Phillips © 2012
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52 completely new unpublished pages to date
A HUMUMENT: humument.com
iPad version release 2010, update 2011
iPhone 3 & 4 versions also available
What's New in Version 1.06
-15 new full colour pages: 65, 119, 136, 146, 161, 171, 186, 190, 200, 231, 244, 249, 287, 305, 354
- Recompiled against latest sdk for improved stability
- Revised error reporting and error managment
- New retina supported UI
- Updated Bio, links from Bio now render in usable browser
- New navigation toolbar functionality
- New icon set for retina displays
- Numerous other fixes / improvements to general code
Great content, awkward control
The luminous artwork and amusing texts should make this app worthy of five stars, however it needs a bookmarking feature so that when you close the app and return it does not start all over again from the beginning. Because of its 367 pages, it really needs a way to flag favorites. I had to keep track of where I was in a separate app. A zoom tool would also be nice, although not necessary. The collaged and painted pages look clear and bright, the content is intriguing, the Oracle feature is fun. An update would make it perfect.
A hypnotic work
A remarkably lovely e-version of Phillips's extraordinary and still evolving treated novel. The oracle feature allows the reader to play along with the chance operations underlying the project, and the images are if anything lovelier than in the print edition. A must have for any lover of the Humument.
I love this app...please devs, update for current iOS! Last update was 5 years ago!