'01 Symposium p0es1s -
Poetics of Digital Text: Start
of Electronic Text
in Writing Space
of the Media
1/2001 (3.Jg. / Nr. 15) - ISSN 1617-6901
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
Block, Christiane Heibach, Karin Wenz:
Simanowski: The Hidden Text: Aspects of Digital
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.
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.
Krajewski: Depths of Electronic Text
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.
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.
Cramer: Combinatorial Poetry and
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.
Suter: New Literary Environment
Suter discusses transfugality and transversality as two essential characteristics of Hyperfiction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pajares Tosca: Selfreferentiality in Computer
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.
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.
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.
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
of an essay about open questions of media theory
and the contour of a metaphorology of the
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