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Newsletter 1/2004
5.Jg. / Nr. 31 - ISSN 1617-6901
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ed. by Roberto Simanowski (Editorial)

Content Newsletter:
Cyberspace, Cybertexts, Cybermaps | Trap of Interaction | Cinematography and Ludology | From Visual to Digital Poetry in Japan | Concreativity Between Regional and Global Net Works | The Making of "The Famous Sound of Absolute Wreaders" | "The Sorrows of Young Werther" online | "A Tale in the Desert" | "Interfictions"-Review | "Interfictions"-Review

Cyberspace, Cybertexts, Cybermaps [English]

Marie-Laure Ryan distinguishes four different types of space in digital texts: 1) The physical space of the fictional world represented by the text. 2) The architecture of the text. 3) The material space occupied by the signs of the text. 4.) The space that serves as context and container for the text. Her extensive essay discusses digital texts that exploit each of these four types of space with special attention to the use of maps as interface.

Trap of Interaction. On Aesthetics of Spectacle in Internet [German]

Interaction is often praised as the realization of utopian theories of communication. Roberto Simanowski is rather afraid the everyman artist will just add a new aspect to mass culture and allow the 'culture industry' disguise in such praised concept

Cinematography and Ludology [English]

Bo Kampmann Walther calls the relationship between games (ludology) and films (cinematography) lucidography. His essay inquires deeply into the various intermediations of games and films. His conclusion: not only do computer games inherit some of the well-wrought aesthetic and functional means of cinema, both films and games continue to copy forms of attraction from each other in an increasingly rapid pace.

Beyond Pages. From Visual to Digital Poetry in Japan [German]

Despite the relative absence of Japanese contributors to the discourse of digital poetry, Friedrich W. Block discusses some poetic examples of language art within the digital media. Created between 1992 and 2002, these works prove once again that digital art and poetry are dependent on concepts which have developed in the aesthetic program of experimental writing since the 1950s.

Concreativity Between Regional and Global Computer Net Work [German]

Peter Purg explores different net-projects with respect to their specific modes of inter- and intrapersonal creativity. He finds important gradations and synergies between direct (accompanied by the machine) and indirect (mediated by the machine) creativity.

The Making of "The Famous Sound of Absolute Wreaders" [English]

The base of this project consists of six works of digital literature which served as a knowledge base for the six authors to create new texts. These texts were then edited by a human editor and a machine and finally sampled to a radio-show by two actors/wreaders. The six texts of the authors/readers then have been the material for six new works of digital literature. Beat Suter explains the chain of events in detail.

"Die Leiden des jungen Werther": The Book in Digital Media [German]

Andrea Nemedi analyses the role of canonized literature in digital media and the impact of digital media on setting and reception of such literature. Her example is Goethes famous novel "The Sorrows of the Young Werther" from 1774, which experiences a resurrection on CD-ROM, in an online archive, and as email-project.

"A Tale in the Desert" [English]

If you could work together with hundreds of other people to create a utopian society, how would you go about it? Adam Kenney holds that the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG) A Tale in the Desert asks exactly this question and reports the answers he found.

Roberto Simanowski's "Interfictions: Vom Schreiben im Netz" [German]

In her review, Elisabeth Bauer considers Simanowski's book a compendium to the current state of the art of digital literature and its research.

Roberto Simanowski's "Interfictions: Vom Schreiben im Netz" [German]

In his review, Julian Kuecklich praises the courage of Simanowski's book to leave gaps and emphasizes the broad empirical base of the theoretical discussion

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