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[This post comes as the first of several provocations to spur a reexamination of the electronic literature scene. Unlike our usual mild posts, these posts Will Raise Temperatures on elit.]
With the first arguments for electronic writing as an artistic medium, as in literary hypertext, came the attendant claims at its democratic nature. In George […]


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The latest Iowa Review Web issue out this July is “Reconfiguring Place and Space in New Media Writing.”
In it I interiew Nick Montfort on his interactive fiction work Book and Volume. In addition to discussing tropes and themes in the work we also talk about aspects of craft including goals, timed events, atmospheric descriptions, and […]


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For a while now I’ve subscribed to various online sources of words on skin images, and recently I also found Darren Barefoot’s collection of observations on Textual Tattoos. The following are some thoughts about words-on-skin - thinking towards (as usual) digital-words-on-skin.

When people think of words-on-skin, they generally think of tattoos. Examples of plain-text (or reasonably […]


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At Siggraph 2005 in Los Angeles, one set of skirts stole the e-tech show. The line of techno-couture, exhale: breath between bodies by the whisper(s) research group, takes embodiment seriously in ways that our purely electronic (ARGs and biowriting aside) approach to digital character art often does not. What we see here is not just the exercise of novelty or experiments in electronic composition, but a collective of theoreticians whose hands are busy at the work of stitching communal interaction.

What do the skirts do? They allow your body to communicate through passive (autonomic, if you will) and active means. The ensembles (for they are more than just skirts), using breath bands and vibrators, translate your breath and heart rate into digital signals and transmit this information, only to have it be decoded as sound or vibration. In essence, your breath and heart rate become a language. Your body signifies in its biological semantics. With respect to WRT, the digital character of this art resides beneath the exhale.






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