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Newsletter January '01
1/2001 (3.Jg. / Nr. 15) - ISSN 1617-6901

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Symposium p0es1s - Poetics of Digital Text: Start / Editorial / Greetings / Digital Images / Innovation or Triviality / Depths of Electronic Text Archives / Chatting and Clicking / Combinatorial Poetry / New Literary Environment / Ars poetica for Hyperfiction / Virtual Textuality / Interactivity / 'Fabrikverkauf' / Invisible Story / Computer Games / Odyssey in Writing Space / Stuttgart's Internet Projects // Hypertext Conference 2000 / Metaphorology of the Media

Symposium "Aesthetics of Digital Literature "/"p0es1s - Poetics of Digital Text"

The first Symposium of "Aesthetics of Digital Literature" (future "p0es1s - Poetics of Digital Text") took place in Kassel October 20 and 21 2000. Dichtung-digital publishes all contributions in this newsletter. (All contributions are in German)

Friedrich Block, Christiane Heibach, Karin Wenz: Editorial

Winfried Nöth: Greetings

Roberto Simanowski: The Hidden Text: Aspects of Digital Images
How does the hidden text in the html-source and image-files affect the image's appearance and meaning? What is this text's role within the primary and secondary signification? How is one to develop a hermeneutic of hidden text and its included interaction? Simanowski approaches these question from within the context of Schreibers Epos of the Machine and Huppert's image animations.

Friedrich W. Block: Innovation or Triviality?
Block discusses two myths - 1. digital poetry is something totally new, 2. the digital media fulfill the poetics of the modern avant-garde - and explores the aesthetic pay off of 'translating' Okopenko's 'dictionary novel' in hypermedia.

Markus Krajewski: Depths of Electronic Text Archives
Krajewski investigates the status and the conditions of production of digital literature and discusses Walter Kempowski's "Echolot"-Project, examing to what extend literary projects are digital literature, if they are finally published as book but written with the genuine features of digital media.

Uwe Wirth: Chatting and Clicking
Referencing to the poetics of letter novels and the practice of telephone Wirth develops a poetics of chats, which makes the "written to the moment" of letter novels visible.

Florian Cramer: Combinatorial Poetry and Network-Literature
Cramer presents examples of combinatorial poetry and suggests "technical poetics" of digital netliterature. This poetics should be previous to "digital aesthetics" and should not focus on such keyword as "hypertext", "multimedia" and "cyberspace" but on the conditions of coding netliterature.

Beat Suter: New Literary Environment
Suter discusses transfugality and transversality as two essential characteristics of Hyperfiction.

Jürgen Daiber: „Ut pictura poesis” – or: Ars poetica for Hyperfiction
Daiber questions the oft-repeated praise of non linearity and reminds that linear narration answers to anthropologic expectations. His advice to hyperfiction writers: multimediality rather than interactivity, linearity rather than chaotic navigation.

Bernhard Dotzler: Virtual Textuality
Dotzler discusses hyperlink as parody of the footnote. He calls for a literary studies of digital processes, especially analyses of "Literate Programming". He announces the shift of literature from being the medium against death to bearing in mind its own death.

Gesine Lenore Schiewer: Interactivity as Critical Category of Netliterature
Schiewer investigates the term interactivity and explores its potential with regard to art historical and knowledge-sociological concepts.

Johannes Auer: Frieder Rusmann: 'Fabrikverkauf'
Auer's "walking exhibition" blends e-commerce and net-community to create an art IRL. The costumer's body becomes the exhibition, the purchase becomes part of an art performance. Auer's contribution delivers the details.

Christiane Heibach: The Invisible Story. Theses on Characteristics of Netliterature
Heibach defines "Netliterature" with regard to the net's specific structure and explains her 10 theses with examples. The main tendencies she sees for digital communication are networking and transformation.

Susana Pajares Tosca: Selfreferentiality in Computer Games
Tosca draws the attention of digital aesthetics to computer games as a hybrid digital form, that brings classical games and literature together. She reports from a project which investigates the self concept of computer game players.

Heiko Idensen: Odyssey in Writing Space
Working from his experience in two collaborative writing projects, Idensen writes and links about/to utopians, abysses and possibilities of writing in the net. His thesis: texts on the Internet are open interfaces for cultural, social, and economic exchange, in which cultural codes not only appear as techniques of power and ruling but are manipulated and redefined.

Reinhard Döhl : TanGo & Co. - Report on Internet Projects in Stuttgart
Experimental poetry theorist and activist Reinhard Döhl introduces Internet projects like the Pietistentango, the killed poem, and the apple, which not only contains the worm but gets eaten by it.

Hypertext Conference 2000. Conference Report (English)

Bernd Wingert's report focuses not on computer science aspects, but on the "applied topics," as for instance problems of reading and interaction. It covers the discussion of issues like pragmatics of linking, hypertext variants and readings, publishing, and authorship as designing

Metaphorology of the Media (German/English)

Abstract of an essay about open questions of media theory and the contour of a metaphorology of the media.


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