Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
For my final project, I’m torn between two possible topics (or possibly two sides of a combinable topic).
1. I want to experiment with the presentation of text. I want to conduct a series of poetic experiments that explore the idea of what a page is and can do. I want to, for example, see what happens if I write a poem that’s meant to appear on transparencies, so that both sides of several pages are visible at the same time—how would this both enrich and complicate/problematize the idea of the page and the poem. What if I write each word or line of a poem on index cards, which the reader is then required to put in order for herself? What would adding illustrations do to a poem? It’s similar, in a way, to Micah’s project, except that I’m less interested in the concept of the book than I am in the construction of the page.
In terms of the final paper, after conducting and documenting the experiments, I will write a critical preface to the work itself, both discussing the ideas I used in the making of the creative project and tracing the philosophical concepts involved, using several essays from A Book of the Book, particularly Michael Davidson’s “The Material Page,” the Sieburth essay on Mallarme (and possibly some outside reading of Mallarme as well).
2. I’m also interested in the intersection of authorship and chance. I want to write or otherwise generate a series of poems through methods of chance (dice, counting, cutting, the I Ching, etc) while documenting my experience of being, more or less, out of control of my own poems. I will most likely do some form of editing on them afterward to see what I can make of the raw material of the chance-made poem, also documenting the changes and how the two texts intersect and diverge.
The critical preface, in this case, would include the essays of Burroughs and Mac Low and others we read for class, and also possibly the work of Tristan Tzara. I want to think about, in this case, how we define the question of authorship (Howe’s essay on Dickenson might help here too).
The first one seems like more fun, but the second more practical. Can the two be combined?
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Justin Crawford – Website Writing
What I would like to explore in my paper (if all possible) is digital writing, yet more specifically, using websites as a source for an author. Websites would allow an author to not only create a visual space (text, fonts, photocopies, photographs, drawings, collages) yet also an audio space (sound files/bytes, songs, sound effects, readings/voicings). An author could have readings of his/her work saved as sound files, photocopies of handwritten originals, and also produce written texts on the site that may also include drawings or photos that could tie into the work. This could be a form of self-publishing or self-promoting already published work, so the author essentially creates a living space that can constantly change, upgrade, reduce, and shape itself on a regular basis as along as the author knows how to create the space or has someone create the space for them.
The argument would be for the next step of digital media writing that could be a living space for work. Revisions could be a constant update (regardless if the work is published or not), and an audience (though not completely necessary for the website to have a purpose) could interact, post, blog whenever they feel like to create a true writers’ community. The particular texts that I would like to look at would be Glazier, Kac, Bernstein, “The Book as Machine,” “The Book of Bean,” and “The Artist’s Book by Idea and Form.”
The conference paper’s objective would be to interpret a praxis of website writing that could rationalize writing as changeable/living in the constant community of readers and writers in the new digital age like e-readers changing books, the website “book” could be the new “storage space” for writing and a new form of the “artist’s book”.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Monks made, brightened, and saved them.
It's the one Spanish word the Shaman uses
(Arturo always taught us Spanish was the language of prayer).
But what do the Books say about themselves?
"Religious," as a wise person said, kinda means "gathered around a Book."
What might we catch books doing inside the Books that have guided so many human spirits?
How does the idea of a book surface in the message of the Book?
Monday, July 5, 2010
Reading and writing is considered as an act of performance. Can we then view a page as a space, a very active space? Like I said, a reader will decide how to read a book--vocalization comes into play. If we take the statement that "a book is more than the sum of its parts," what aspects of reading should the reader take into account most? Different cultural contexts can determine different readings as well. In North American society, the book is a central archetypal of culture and society. What does it say about the book itself and reading a book? What is the significance of a book?
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Visit the Geraldine Dodge Youtube Channel
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sign up for two presentations. Make sure you check the syllabus to see the materials assigned for that day.
Presentations are a minimum of 15 minutes at the start of class, teaching one of the assigned materials in whatever form/approach you choose. You will receive feedback on your presentations.
July 6 Vanja Duka
July 7 Katherine Harclerode
July 12 Micah Holmes
July 13 Katherine Harclerode
July 14 Justin Crawford
July 15 Christina Rothenbeck
July 19 Micah Holmes
July 20 Christina Rothenbeck
July 21 Vanja Duka
Aug 3 Justin Crawford