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