[-empyre-] Re: Subject: inscribing of characters on an interface

Dear Bill and John,

don´t you think that the concept of 'pattern flows' can be related
with others such as recombinant poetics (which Bill has also
explored), sampling and remixing? Probably all of them can be
understood as fancier intertextual operations (or, to use a probably
more appropriate term, as fancier intersemiotic operations). Writing
is becoming more and more detached from words, but it still depends on
polyfonic movements. So, I guess it could be argued (and here I return
to where I left on my comments to Sue Thomas´s post), that the history
of writing is the history of how word-based communication became less
related to "inscription", more related to "moving thoughts from mind
to mind".

This is not due only to the fact that digital media, as Giselle puts
it, deals with a new writing condition that does not inscribe anymore.
It also has to do with the fact that contemporary machines bring back
into scene the utopia of devices which allow people to share the free
associations that flow on their minds. It is as if, nowadays, we were
closer to behave like the Image´s Prophet, which is the main character
on the experimental movie by Éder Santos, called "Intermingling
People". This Image´s Prophet is a guy who goes around projecting
delirious thought-like images directly from its mind, a ray of light
flowing from its forehead onto the world.

It has been argued in many texts that montage (especially in Cinema)
is a technique that addresses the flux of thoughts, probably "writing"
concepts directly onto the viewer´s mind. If we think that the binary
code writes texts the same way it writes images, sounds and so on, it
would be possible to think of future writing as something closer to
montage than to organizing paragraphs. Juxtaposition seems to be
crucial here, but I am not sure if those flows of images are as
controllable as we imagine.


On 10/4/05, marcus bastos <bastos.marcus@gmail.com> wrote:
> follow Bill Seaman´s comments on the initial post of the month...
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Bill Seaman <bseaman@risd.edu>
> To: empyre@lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au
> Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2005 08:54:00 -0400
> Subject: inscribing of characters on an interface
> ---> definition: Digital Writing is the inscribing of characters on
> an interface, with the intention of moving concepts from mind to
> mind, through a network of coded variations of elements once
> understood as text, image, sound and video, etc.
> I like the concept of moving concepts from mind to mind.
> I think of this as triggering associations as well as adding to the
> network of associations in an ongoing manner...
> ------
> An associational configuration of media elements (coded variations)
> is set into play, presenting a potentially changing set of fields.
> The participant/interactant brings their history as another field of
> meaning. The author presents a site of potential intra-action and
> exchange (loading the fields). Through intra-action a change is
> brought about... Thus, a movement in mind arises through this
> behavioral relation to a network of pattern flows.
> The body/behavior of the interactant may also become enfolded in the
> evocation as a layer of content. The body always becomes enfolded in
> the intra-action on some level.
> The interface may become transparent... one doesn't inscribe on an
> interface --- meaning arises through intra-action with the interface
> and the potentiality of media elements, media-oriented processes, and
> coded potentialities. Generativity and emergence may also enable
> unknown outcomes.
> To my mind the best expressive "writing" always has an openness to
> its interpretation that enables each return to add layers of meaning
> and new evocations.
> bill
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