[-empyre-] Thoughts about Peirce, semiosis and new language
Dear Marcus - thanks for the wonderful Peirce
quotes --- they are very interesting in this
Here are some of the relations I wish to point at
as being slightly different from the long list of
people who articulated ideas surrounding
hypertext as digital writing and perhaps go
beyond even Pierces definitions (ever so
Digital writing has some new attributes that for
me transcend the Remediation concept. I'll try to
put my finger on a few of them.
I have a very broad definition of Digital
Writing? I want to try to point at where I think
some new language might be helpful?
When I encounter a meta text in Char Davies
Osmose that is the code of the work as presented
as meta- architecture (literal virtual
architecure --- a pun on architecture), the
experiential nature of the environment, in
particular the physical interface she has
designed to enable one to navigate the virtual
environment becomes enfolded phenomenologically
with the layers of meaning in the text. All of
Peirces modes - firstness, secondness and
thirdness co-mingle and change in relation to
ongoing navigation of this virtual space. Yet
here the environment also enables a charged field
of meaning to become part of this layering. The
quixotic nature of the ongoing subtle shifts
between firstness, secondness and thirdness seem
to even transcend the idea that each level is
becoming the other (as Marcus suggests) in terms
of this larger mutable virtual environmental
scheme which also signifies. This constellation
of signs, each changing at its own velocity in
relation to the participant's movements, seems to
move to a heightened level of layering of
intersemiotic modes. Might we work on a new word
that points at this advanced level of
intersemiotic relations. ---
What would Pierce have encountered that would be
relevant to compare to such an environment? Here
are some potential terms ---
hyperintersemiotic; transintersemiotic (did
Marcos Novak already coin this?)
I also begin to think about new forms of locative
media that depend on landscape and physical
navigation, lending levels of meaning to the
digital text (context)? Hyperecosemiotic?
I think about media- behaviors and a-life
parameters/potentialities giving text new kinds
of electronic "life". Artificial-Semiotic-life -
I think about physics and artificial physics
(E-phany physics as I coined it) as it is
conjoined with texts to present new kinds of
reactive and intra-active environments.
Hayles uses the term "Creole" to talk about texts
that intermingle code and poetic text ---
Yet what happens when this is extended into the
phenomenological space of physical computing. An
object|creole enfolding is generated.
What happens when the machine writes the text in
an autonomous manner that is reacting to various
forms of interface input? Lynn Hershmann's Agent
Ruby? Does the fact that it is a machine change
the meaning in a subtle manner --- is there a
word for this? Turingtestmatic writing?
Kac wrote a bio-code via the computer that was
made physical and transcribed back into a text
--- what kind of word points at this accretive
layering of meaning - digitaccretive?
Works where all variables are supplied by the
participant and are then formed by the code into
a new work--- participant driven semiosis??
Or works that actually are auto destructive in
terms of meaning production --- the virus t-shirt
Professor Bill Seaman, Ph.D.
Digital+ Media Department (Graduate Division)
Rhode Island School of Design
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