March 21, 2008


by Nick Montfort · , 12:30 pm

bleuOrange, a French-language literary magazine, has just launched. The new publication is a project of nt2 and figura. The first issue includes Annie Abrahams’s “Discours populaire sur la violence,” Grégory Chatonsky’s “Sodome@home,” Sébastien Cliche’s “Ruptures,” and Ollivier Dyens’s “De lettres et d’acier.” There are also two originally English works that appear in translation/adaptation. “Ream,” by Nick Montfort, your humble blogger, appears in a multimedia presentation by Anick Bergeron, who also adapted the text as the French “Rame.” The piece “open.ended” by Aya Karpinska and Daniel C. Howe also appears in French translation, and this translation was also done by Anick. Update: Luce Tremblay-Gaudette’s photos of the bleuOrange launch event, which took place at Oboro, are now online.

We had a great reading of all the bleuOrange work last night here in Montréal. During the reading, I showed some blog entries from Grand Text Auto and noted (by typing on-screen while Anick was working her way through a stack of paper) our blog’s alliance with the new journal, which is expressed in our color scheme. If some documentation or blog posts appear about the event, I’ll try to link to them here.

3 Responses to “bleuOrange

  1. Scott Says:

    Fantastique! Great to see this new e-lit journal en fran├žais. I saw a reading of Rame in Paris, and to be honest, the translation is better than the original. It’s like the Raven, in that.

  2. nick Says:

    Here are some photos from the performances and readings. Scott, you are being too kind my calling Ream “the original”! All the words were there in the English language to begin with, I just picked a few of them. I didn’t even determine the order in which they would appear – the alphabet did that. I am very glad, however unoriginal it was, that Ream was the inspiration for the better and sexier Rame and for Jim Carpenter’s appropriations, which I also showed on-screen during the reading.

  3. nick Says:

    Luce Tremblay-Gaudette’s photos of the bleuOrange launch event are now online. I updated the post to include this link, too.

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