By Jesse Jack
Duquesne University, English PhD
- Mabel Dodge: Bright Orange
- Carl Van Vechten: Gray
- Gertrude Stein: Deep Purple
- Mina Loy: Deep Orange
- Neith Boyce: Light Purple
This map, produced through Gephi software, compiles data from a variety of sources to trace known moments of social connection (either in person or via letters) between such leading Avant-Garde figures. Each figure is represented by a node (a colored circle) and lines of intersection that bridge that person to individuals around him or her with whom contact was made. Larger nodes indicate greater social influence based on the sources reviewed. Such sources centered around the lives of Mabel Dodge, Gertrude Stein, Carl Van Vechten, Mina Loy, and Neith Boyce. These primary figures alone were assigned a unique color representation as indicated in the key below. You might notice, however, that the colors indicated in the key do not always correspond to the color represented in the network map. Just as two individuals influence each other once in communication, so too does Gephi blend colors each time an individual intersects with someone else to reveal the generative artistic possibilities made possible through each union.
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