Re: [-empyre-] reception
my entrance to the piece was relating it to other examples of
experimental writing that deal with similar strategies. I migth be
wrong, but I think there´s a DADA heritage, in that it explores words
both as graphic elements, that have a meaning of its own and as
disruptive elements, that question the arbitrary character of meaning,
the assumption that communication is based on given meanings, etc.
All the material seems to move in that direction, by playing with a
mixture of fragmented words ("even t" being my favourite), fonetic /
typing-like effects, words that are related (or alude) to the
programing / computer universe ("floppy", "boot/vmlinuz -2", "Eorrr
%u" ), anagrams ("ismone")
Also, the squares on top of the screen reminds me of circuits
(specially when they fill the whole screen, and words appear inside
them togheter with the numbers)
I´d be curious about the response computers might have, chances are
they´d read such a piece ;p
On 10/23/05, Christine Goldbeck <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hi Friends:
> I am not certain of the response the author is trying to elicit from readers
> of this piece. I would be interested in talking with a reader of
> left-hemispheric leaning as to what he or she makes of this piece.
> My initial reactions, without striving to analyse the piece (reading as
> would a mainstream reader) were:
> 1. This is neat in an arty way, BUT
> 2. I feel confused by it.
> When I was beginning Covalent Bonds
> http://www.christinegoldbeck.com/CovalentBonds/menu1.htm I questioned 140+
> people in a survey about reading digital writing, I found out that its
> reception was coupled with myriad frustrations. Chiefly, they found it
> tedious, not relaxing or fun at all, although there was interest in the
> people in the story, they said.
> So, in attempt to make it user-friendly (read: imbued with the traditional
> cultural construct of reading), I provided lexia to lexia links that will
> allow them to navigate straight through the story. My purpose in so doing is
> to introduce a hyperfiction that resembles linear reading yet provides
> adventure for those who are ready to investigate new story forms.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Friedrich W. Block" <email@example.com>
> To: "soft_skinned_space" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2005 8:54 AM
> Subject: [-empyre-] reception
> > dear friends,
> > if you are interested in aspects of reception of digital writing I would
> > be
> > happy to read your thoughts about some questions.
> > here is a brand new piece (digital writing in its pure sense, at least for
> > me)
> > http://plaintext.cc
> > what do you think should a reader/user at least experience with this work?
> > what should he or she know; which knowledge should be activated?
> > which kind of reception / recipient does this text need?
> > these 'good old' questions follow me for a longer time, not only for
> > digital
> > but also for other forms of experimental writing / art.
> > best
> > friedrich
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