[-empyre-] Writing and Pattern Flows
The central concern of my work since 1980 has been meta-meaning
production. In particular I am interested in the functionality of
language in our coming to know the world. I have developed a number
of generative systems exploring the production of meaning. In terms
of "writing" I have been using the term "pattern flows" to refer to
and reflect on embodied knowing. I am very much interested in how
multi-modal flows of experience - pattern flows - inform our meaning
becoming. I understand mind and body to be co-arising with the
functionality of pattern flows (an extended linguistics) as being
central to this process. Computers are particularly good at
generating pattern flows and thus fall within the sphere of meaning
production. In fact computers enable the continuous growth of our
relation to linguistic construction. The projective employment of
language is central to ongoing experience. The notion of fields of
meaning is central to meaning becoming, where each-media element
functions as a field of potential meaning, having a meaning force.
These pattern flow forces are summed by the body in an ongoing
manner. Each media-element has attributes which are "of themself".
Thus the computer as a pattern production mechanism enables one to
juxtapose pattern-flows with many qualities simultaneously - words,
sounds, music, images, 3D models, illustrations, diagrams, time-based
video recordings etc. etc. This meaning production sphere is
expanding and beginning to include the haptic and other physical
potentialities. Writing cannot be separated out from either pattern
flow acquisition or multi-modal pattern production. Writing always
becomes enfolded in meaning production as a living associational
relation informed by the history of multi-modal experience as it
intermingles with current context. Thus words carry a meaning force
that co-arises with ongoing experience.
I think of digital writing as employing all manner of digital pattern
flows in the service of evocation. I also see the potential of
exploring the writing space that bridges the continuum between the
physical and the digital as an exciting field of inquiry. Each media
element be they digital or other, informing the ongoing meaning
Interface is a very vague term...
Professor Bill Seaman, Ph.D.
Digital+ Media Department (Graduate Division)
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College St.
Providence, R.I. 02903-4956
401 277 4956
fax 401 277 4966