Tag: materiality

Against Animal Authenticity, Against the Forced March of the Now: a review of Nicole Shukin’s Animal Capital


In one half of a pair of critical reviews looking at recent titles in animal studies, Karl Steel examines Nicole Shukin’s Animal Capital (Shukin reviews Steel in the other half). In particular, Steel looks at Shukin’s biopolitical framework, and considers how that framework challenges not only our conception of what constitutes the animal, but also–and more to the bone–our conception of the capacity of fields like animal studies.

Interferences: [Net.Writing] and the Practice of Codework


Rita Raley on the varieties of code/text, as discovered in the object-oriented aesthetic of Mez, Ted Warnell, Talan Memmott, Alan Sondheim, and others.

Materiality and Matter and Stuff: What Electronic Texts Are Made Of


Following Katherine Hayles, Matthew Kirschenbaum agrees that materiality matters.

"With each project I find myself reimagining what cinema might be": An Interview with Zoe Beloff


Jussi Parikka interviews artist Zoe Beloff about her relationship to the emerging set of interdisciplinary theories and methodologies known as media archaeology. In way of response, Beloff discusses some past works, including: Lost (1995), Shadow Land (2000), Claire and Don in Slumberland (2002), Charming Augustine (2005), The Somnambulists (2008), and The Dream Films (2009).

Computers, Cut-ups, and Combinatory Volvelles


In this piece - part introduction, part artist’s statement - Whitney Anne Trettien reflects on her “combinatory” approach to the history of “text-generating mechanisms.”

Ebooks, Libraries, and Feelies


Countering the persistent popular notion that electronic literature is just reading the classics under glass, Daniel Punday advocates for greater innovation, and more authorial autonomy, at the level of book design. Insisting on “authors’ rights to design the interface through which readers encounter their books,” Punday argues that digital book publishing should strive to emulate the medial status of games, “which remain messy individuals.”

Introduction: ceci n'est pas un texte


Lori Emerson introduces a gathering of nineteen electro-poetic essays. This gathering brings together both
critics and creators of electronic poetry; as is usually the case in ebr, the ‘electronic’ does not exclude, but helps us to reconfigure and revalue poetic works in print as well as define what works in digital

John Cayley responds in turn


John Cayley replays what is literal and literary in the digital.

Re-Clearing the Ground: A Response to Linda Brigham


Mark Hansen responds to Linda Brigham’s review of Embodying Technesis: Technology Beyond Writing.

Printed Privileges


Carsten Schinko on Niklas Luhmann’s Analogue Loyalty.