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Newsletter 1/2002
4.Jg. / No. 21 - ISSN 1617-6901
earlier Newsletter

ed. by Robeerto Simanowski

Content Newsletter:
Photographer without Camera / Interview Pias / Interview Andrews / "Yatoo" / "We Descend" / Andrew's audio-visuallPoetry / "Cyberhypes" / Transmedialisation / "Mythos Internet" / Workshop-Report ComputergamesDigital Poetics

Photographer without Camera. Net Pornography as Art in Thomas Ruff's "Nudes" [German]

Pornographic Ready-mades from the Internet, manipulated with image programs, exhibited in art galleries. With his collection "Nudes" Thomas Ruff undertakes a new approach to photography of the nude by basing it twice on digital media. The result still reveals its blurred source and operates on the tension between showing and masking. At the same time Ruff changes the hierarchy of gazing: the exposed body watches the voyeur who finally becomes the target of observation.

Computer Games. Interview with Claus Pias [German]

Claus Pias discusses the development and characteristics of Computer Games in his doctoral thesis "Computer Spiel Welten" (2000). Roberto Simanowski talked with him about media studies, aesthetics, ethics, concepts of interactions in computer games and their predecessors in the pre digital age.

Becoming full-time web artist. Interview with Jim Andrews [English]

He run a literary radio show and magazine, and organized venues for weekly poetry readings. Now he is creating work based in the emerging field of audio-visual poetry. Roberto Simanowski questions Jim Andrews about the relationship in his work between programming skills and conceptual concerns, his opinion about the differences between European and North American net art, and the proverbial problem of the "media melting pot" which subordinates one medium into another.

"Yatoo" by Zeitgenossen [German]

Yatoo (You Are The Only One) is an audio-visual Hypertext, a love poem, that reveals its text via mouse contact. The sound is accompanied by visual events, the semantic meaning may please even skeptics. Ursula Hentschläger and Zelko Wiener have produced an intriguing work of digital art.

"We Descend" by Bill Bly [English]

Is Jan Van Looy's paper "23 reasons not to read We Descend" really equipped to make him any friends in the hypertext department? Looy's comment on Bill Bly's We Descend is deliberately merciless, antagonistic, and overdrawn as some sentences already prove:
-Claiming that hypertext is a realization of Derrida's Grammatologie is wishful thinking.
-We Descend sounds like the last thirty pages of a cheap detective novel.
-If a plot should be a Swiss watch, We Descend's is Egyptian counterfeit.
Questionable in some regard, this provocative comment provokes comments. DD hopes to use this article as a starting point for further discussion.
Comments by Jill Walker and Jan Van Looy

Fighting/Dancing Words in Works by Jim Andrews [German/English]

The poem that has drifted from the scene, the computer game that silences or "shuts up" poetry in the name of poetry, the A Capella as hypertext and "lettristic dance" ... Andrew's kinetic-concrete, audio-visual poetry is an ironic approach to the materiality of text; providing both visual and cognitive pleasure. And for dessert: The metamorphosis of the beast.
English Translation by Florian Cramer

Cyberhypes. Prospects and Limits of the Internet [German]

Surrounded by computers, stuck in the middle of a Mall... The 14 contributions in this collection by Rudolf Maresch and Florian Rötzer - a follow up to "Mythos Internet" - reviews the Internet some years later and talk first of all about victims and loss. The Internet has grown up, removes the the nose piercing and looks for a job.

Transmedialization: An interart transfer [English]

Transmedialization describes the transfer of text from one medium to another. It is a special type of "remediation": closely related to a specific text. Transmedialization may parallel or develop the source text. The question is: Which aspect is foregrounded and which is hidden by the transmedialization? Karin Wenz distinguishes with Bruhn 4 cases of transmedialization: integration, inflection, adaption, and enactment...

Mythos Internet [German]

The 17 contributions of this collection discuss what is truth and what is myth about the predicted Internet society. What David J. Bolter develops with respect to media history and Marx' 6. Feuerbach thesis - the individual as sum of its links -, Mark Poster points as: The Internet resembles more Germany than a hammer.

Time and Space in Interactive Media for Children [English/German]

Does the interactive freedom have to be sacrificed for the sake of an acceptable time-structure? Should technology evolve towards fully immersive environments? Does the apparent flaw of "quality" have to be attributed to the entire genre or can it put down to the failures of individual specimen of a young and developing genre? Anja Rau and Karin Wenz report from an explorative workshop in Zürich that discussed computer games as a specimen of digital literature.
http://www.dichtung-digital.com/2002/01-22-Rau.htm [English]
http://www.dichtung-digital.com/2002/02-04-Wenz.htm [German]

Digital Poetics. The Making of E-Poetries [English]

What writing is, becomes altered by how it is physically written through its production technology, its files, codes and URLs. Even the URL itself contributes in a small way to our experience of reading. (What are you thinking as you type in: /theories/hypertext.html versus /theories/tomfoolery/hypertext.html?) To discover "poetry" in coming years one must learn to see through a new lens. The excerpt from Loss Pequeño Glazier's book gives an idea what is to be taken into account.

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