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Newsletter May '01
3/2001 (3.Jg. / Nr. 17) - ISSN 1617-6901
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Content Newsletter:
Interview Eskelinen, Koskimaa / Discourse Timer / "Adresse des Mediums" / DAC 2001 / "Bodybuilding" / Future of Literature / "Things Spoken" / "Verbarium" / Death of Art Manifest / Pragmatic Media Philosophy

From Spatial Hypertext to Temporal Cybertext - Interview with Markku Eskelinen and Raine Koskimaa [English]

The "conceptual weakness in average American hypertext and new media theory," the superiority of cybertext theory to hypertext theory, the traditional aesthetic preferences of incompetent scholars, the "new wave of hypertext fiction," the distinctions between narratives and games and between digital literature and digital art. Roberto Simanowski spoke with the editors of "Cybertext Yearbook 2000."

Discourse Timer. Towards Temporally Dynamic Texts [English]

From spatial hypertext to temporal cybertext - towards a new poetics of digital narration. Markku Eskelinen and Raine Koskimaa go beyond the classical concept of linkage and develop a rhetoric of TDHTML (temporally dynamic HTML). This article outlines a list of simple functions that allow a very complex temporal manipulation of narrative digital texts and describes a set of authoring tools, Discourse Timer, which is specifically designed to employ these functions.

"Die Adresse des Mediums" [German]

The psychology of addressing has changed with Internet: Addresses are independent of place and medium (email to handy, voicemail as audio file via email); there is only one Meier.de and behind this address Mr. or Mrs. Schulze could be pretending to be Meier; the aura lies in the URL, the lie as well. Especially interesting: Sometimes the envelope is also the postman. A conference book explains how to understand new media; Roberto Simanowski has read it.

DAC 2001 Conference-Report [German/English]

Anja Rau reports on the fourth international Digital Art and Culture conference held at Brown University, Providence, RI, 26-28 April 2001. The "family reunion" seemed to be missing a center, says Rau, and she wonders: "The romantic image of the poor poet is not valid anymore. Maybe the big bang in digital art and culture can come from the mix of scholarship and commerce."

Body as Obstacle. Frank Fietzek's Bodybuilding-Installation [German]

The disappearing second hand always has been a topic in discussing how people deal with media. In old copperplate engravings one can see this hand deep in the lap, whereas the other holds the book. Now, Frank Fietzek creates a very new setting of medium and hands, where the medium calls the hands up in the air and bases sex on sport.

Siegfried Lenz' "Mutmaßungen über die Zukunft der Literatur" [German]

Against the digital devil. This is the implicit slogan of Siegfried Lenz' "Presumptions about the future of literature," showing how much he loves printed literature and how little he knows about digital literature. He repeats all the prejudices other poorly informed writers have come up with. That he is right sometimes is no surprise, considering the problems digital rhetoric indeed creates.

Memory as Hypertext. Agnes Hegedüs' "Things Spoken" [German]

Agnes Hegedüs presents all the things to which she attaches her memory and lets us read and hear about them. And since one is connected to the other, there are links to click. And since things do not speak but are always spoken by individuals, there are Hegedüs' friends who can say and write what they think about theses things.

Text as Image: "Verbarium" by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau [German]

Did you always want to know what the word >springs< or >civil war< looks like as an image? In Verbarium you will see. Just type in your word and see what figure comes up, and it will be added to the ones people have tried before you. A very special collaborative writing project. As one soon realizes, one that makes you very lonely.

'Museumification' and the Cult of Youth - Frieder Rusmann's Death of Art Manifesto [German]

Whereas politicians are still discussing active euthanasia, Frieder Rusmann calls for the natural death of art works: Let's have done with exhibitions of classical modernity; let's prohibit copies; let's give the Mona Lisa wrinkles! The website for protest is accompanied by an installation IRL. Should Mona Lisa really make room for Big Brother? And to what extent does the rebellion rely on a well-supplied collective memory?

Pragmatic Media Philosophy. Prolegomena for a New Discipline in the Age of Internet [German]

Mike Sandbothe sets out to systematically develop a long overdue media philosophy. His approach is not 'theoreticistic' but neo-pragmatic: Sandbothe brings the discussion between realists and constructionists of media back to a social political orientation and confronts us with the question of which media epistemology is appropriate for democratic societies. dichtung-digital presents the abstract of Sandbothe's book.

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