Re: [-empyre-] affect in digital writing

Hi Everyone:

I have theorized and struggled with this issue for two years. I still do. How can I effect affect in digital realms?

I write and rewrite (as I do in print) and re-image over and again (as I do with film prints) until I believe I have accurately conveyed the effect that I hope will be affective.

For example: In trying to see it all more clearly, I did an artists' book, a print and electronic poem and a Flash movie using the same images and text for each story format. The artist's book employs texture through the use of paints and natural elements (coal, fern, birch twigs, pine needles, leaves). That was simple - putting these tactile objects on paper. Conveying texture on screen was the problem with which I struggled. I mean you put coal on a scanner, and you get a representation of coal - a FLAT representation. To make a long story short, I used words and sounds to convey the texture and am only beginning to circulate the work to obtain feedback.

Affect is a subject I'd love to continue discussing. One of the things I think about is largescale projection -- putting the audience in the story. Would this produce a higher level of affectivity? Anyone know?


----- Original Message ----- From: "david jhave johnston" <>
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Sent: Monday, October 24, 2005 5:51 PM
Subject: [-empyre-] affect in digital writing

hello empyreans,

i've been reading this months posts with great interest,

It feels to me one strand of the discussion could be elucidated as
being an extension of the literary novel into the domain of creating
an AI or cyber-consciousness (the Thoughtbody as Bill calls it).
Essentially, I see this as future fiction. It will involve convergence
of moist bodies (aka Ascott) with emulations of identity.

As a poet who has a few programming skills, I know that sort of
project is practically currently well beyond my single individual's
capacity. So my concerns are more prosaic, I am wondering how the
emotional affect, the cathartic human side of writing can be
translated into the digital domain.

I would be interested to know of people working with text that seeks
to stimulate and explore literature as praise and emotional conduit in
the digital domain. A primary question for me would be how can
sincerity be translated? How is love expressed with the new tools?

Evidently, creating effective works which evoke complex emotonal
responses will tangentially inflence the larger project of recreating
identity with AI

respects to all,.
empyre forum

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