October on -empyre-: Digital Writing
Writing is one of the oldest known technologies, but the concept of writing did not change as substantially as the different forms of text mediation have done, throughout the years. Nevertheless, the invention of press and, most recently, of the computer, altered important operations related to how words and paragraphs are organized. Also, devices such as the Internet, DVD and mobile equipments allowed new forms of writing and publishing.
During the month of October, Bill Seaman, Brigid McLeer, Friedrich Block, Giselle Beiguelman and Sue Thomas will discuss, at the empyre mailing list (http://www.subtle.net/empyre), if the concept of writing is still adequate to describe the most eloquent examples of creative processes involving words and digital media.
Given the growing use of sound, image and programming at the web once claimed to be the media that brought text back to the center of an increasingly image oriented culture=8B, what is the state of the art, on the field of digital writing? Issues such as the recombinant nature of digital writing, writing for public spaces (and related notions of placement / displacement), sampling as a form of intertextuality and writing for mobile devices, among others, will be the central topics.
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Bill Seaman ( http://www.billseaman.com ) received a PH.D. from CAiiA, University of Wales, 1999. He holds a MSvisS degree from MIT, 1985. His work explores an expanded media-oriented poetics through various technological means. Seaman is Head of the Digital+Media Graduate Department at RISD.
Brigid Mc Leer ( http://www.inplaceofthepage.co.uk ) is an Irish artist and writer based in London. Her work is cross-disciplinary and process-based. Moving between the practices of art, poetry, architecture and critical writing, the challenge of ‘place’ and ‘translation’ has become a driving force of the work. She currently lectures at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Goldsmiths College, London .
Friedrich W. Block ( http://www.brueckner-kuehner.de/block ) is the director of the Brueckner-Kuehner-Foundation and honorary director of the Kunsttempel gallery in Kassel. Curator of numerous exhibitions, e.g. the "p0es1s. Digital Poetry" show, Berlin (2004). He has published about art and media, experimental literature, and the media-culture of humor.
Giselle Beiguelman ( http://www.desvirtual.com) is a new media artist and multimedia essayist who teaches Digital Culture at the Graduation Program in Communication and Semiotics of PUC-SP (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Her work includes the award-winnings "The Book after the Book" (1999) and egoscopio (2002). She has been developing art projects for mobile phones ("Wop Art", 2001), praised by many media sites and the international press, including The Guardian (UK) and Neural (Italy), and art involving public-access, by the web, SMS and MMS, and internet-streaming for electronic billboards like "Leste o Leste?" and "egoscopio" (2002), released by The New York Times, PoEtrica (2003) and esc for escape (2004).
Sue Thomas ( http://www.mti.dmu.ac.uk/~sthomas/ ) is the author of several books, most recently ‘Hello World: travels in virtuality’ (2004). She has managed numerous online writing projects and is interested in the impact of digital technologies on writing and lived experience – see the collaborative project Writing and the Digital Life. In 1995 she founded the trAce Online Writing Centre at Nottingham Trent University and was Artistic Director until joining De Montfort University as Professor of New Media in 2005, where she is developing research into transliteracy.
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