November 24, 2005

Digitial Poetics Seeds and Selections

by Nick Montfort · , 10:00 am

I presented several digitial pieces to Charles Bernstein‘s English 589.301 / Comparative Literature 577.301 class (Modern, Modernist, Contemporary: Reading Poetry/Poetry Reading) yesterday night. I selected these to connect to existing discussion in the seminar and to make for an interesting sequence. I wasn’t trying to develop a “greatest hits” album, but a series of pieces that was interesting to show and briefly discuss for this particular group.

I think it went extraordinarily well – we not only went through enough of each of these pieces to allow everyone to see how they are operated (so that they can be pursued and read closely later on), but we even got into discussion of scriptons and textons, the Cave at Brown, and obfuscated code. Many thanks to the seminar participants who showed up the night before Thanksgiving! Here’s the lineup I came up with…

(1) A Night at the Movies

Dakota, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, 2002
 More by Young-Hae Chang

“I Know a Man” One Letter at a Time, Brian Kim Stefans, 2005
 More by Brian Kim Stefans

(2) They Might be Hypertexts

The Ballad of Sand and Harry Soot, Stephanie Strickland, 1999
 More by Stephanie Strickland

Intergrams, Jim Rosenberg, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992
 More by Jim Rosenberg

(3) Form and Shape

The Fall of the Site of Marsha, Rob Wittig, 1999
 More by Rob Wittig

Letter to Linus, William Gillespie, 2001
 More by William Gillespie & his press

(4) Interludic Juxtapositions

About So Many Things, Nanette Wylde, 1998
 More by Nanette Wylde

(5) The Machine Starts

Translation 5, John Cayley, c. 2004-2005
 More by John Cayley

Bad Machine, Dan Shiovitz, 1998
 My review of Bad Machine
  More IF by Dan Shiovitz & others

(6) Important Notes for Posterity

Several pages of recommended digital writing
 are available at the Electronic Literature Organization site