[-empyre-] Re: 2 wr[b]yte

I am questioning every aggressive (and somehow neo-futuristic) gesture of
being "avant" or the non-dialectical, non-historical use of "new" with the
help of new technologies. ('new' as one of the most traditional aesthetical

When observing digital writing as an artistic practice, its relation to the
conventions of experimental writing can be seen more as continuation,
extension, and development than as rupture. concrete and visual poetry,
oulipo, art&language, for example, have invented or developed concepts and
methods which seem to be crucial pretexts of digital poetics. and this is in
no way a devaluation of current developments, but a perspective amongst
others of qualifying them.

Thus, I am not only interested in the new potentials of digital writing but
also in how they make use of older potentials, and also in invariants of

you can trace back executable code even to very ancient forms of writing as
florian cramer has convincingly shown in his great essay on "words made
flesh", see



Am 11.10.2005 4:00 Uhr schrieb "empyre-request@lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au" unter

> Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2005 07:14:26 -0400
> From: Bill Seaman <bseaman@risd.edu>
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> [-empyre-] 2 wr[b]yte
>> I believe that it is as grave a human error to believe that only
>> what is new is good as it is to believe that only what is old is
>> good. For an artist everything is good.
>> What is bad is to be dead.
>> Your Friend,
>> David
> I agree,
> I love all of the forms you have mentioned in your text. I personally
> have a very very large collection of books which I love... The
> questions we are dealing with ask the following: what are the new
> potentials that get opened out by electronic writing? They do not
> devalue the rich traditions of writing in any way. A novel has
> particular characteristics, the computer enables another set.
> b

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