Department of Media Study News & Events

Digital Media Poetics presents JONATHAN MINTON

Monday, November 16, 3-5 PM, 232 CFA

All events will take place in the Center for the Arts, SUNY Buffalo, North
. Sponsored by the Electronic Poetry Center , Dept. of Media Study, SUNY Buffalo and, in part, by Gender Week, Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender. Series Curators: Loss Pequeño Glazier and Anna Scime.

Monday, September 21 (Gender Week Event), 3-5 PM, 112 CFA

ELIZABETH KNIPE (Buffalo). Knipe is a time-based artist who has a tendency to convert simple ideas into interactive installations and Web-based media. Knipe has been published in The Iowa Review Web and has read her digital poems at the Segue Reading Series at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, the E-Poetry 2005 Festival in London, UK, the BIOS Symposium at West Virginia University, and the E-Poetry Symposium: Language Media Poetics at SUNY Buffalo. Knipe also received the Local Artist Access Residency grant at Squeaky Wheel.

TAMMY MCGOVERN (Buffalo). McGovern is Assistant Director of Buffalo’s nationally-known Squeaky Wheel / Buffalo Media Resources, a grassroots, artist-run, non-profit media arts center founded to promote and support film, video, computer, digital, and audio art by media artists and community members. McGovern has been working in the digital medium since the early days of the Flash interface. Thoughtful, surprising, and inventive, much of her work is interactive and invokes a straightforward poetics of play. She has given numerous
performances of her work, including performances at E-Poetry 2005 in London, UK, and at Digital Media Poetics, SUNY Buffalo.

Wednesday, September 23 (Gender Week Event), 3-5 PM, 112 CFA

PATRICIA TOMASZEK (University of Siegen, Germany, via Skype) Tomaszek researches digital literature at the Cultural Studies Research Centre “Media Upheavals”. She is analyzing ongoing changes in literary communication and aesthetics in programmable and networked media. In this Skype performance from Germany, Tomaszek presents “about nothing, places, memories, and thoughts”, a cut and randomly mixed poem-dialog with the writings of Robert Creeley (1926-2005), and a (short) hypertext-reading: “Planting trees out of the grief. In Memoriam Robert Creeley”.

LORI EMERSON (Vancouver; Edmonton, Canada & University of Colorado at Boulder) Emerson writes on and teaches electronic literature (especially digital poetry), experimental American and Canadian poetry from the 20th and 21st century, and media theory. In addition to curating the Archeological Media Lab and running a digital media reading series titled “Reading (With) the Machine”, she is currently working on two book projects. The first is The Rematerialization of Poetry and the second is An Encyclopaedia of Digital Media, co-edited with Marie-Laure Ryan and Benjamin Robertson. Finally, Emerson is an Associate Editor for the Electronic Book Review.

Monday, October 5 (Gender Week Event), 3-5 PM, 112 CFA

YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (USA; Seoul, South Korea) A Seoul-based Web art group rarely appearing in the U.S., YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (Young-hae Chang, Korea, and Marc Voge, USA) is probably the leading digital poetry/net artist ensemble in the world. Ironic, culturally astute, and without limits in terms of content or range of opinion, YHCHI is controversial on numerous levels, including the political, social, and sexual. At times even challenging to some, their work is engaging and remarkably inventive. In their first appearance in Buffalo, they will be presenting GALACTIC TIDES BY NIGHT, a work connecting themes about Toronto, Buffalo, and the border.

Monday, October 19, 3-5 PM, 232 CFA

SANDY BALDWIN (Director of the Center for Literary Computing, West Virgina University): Concrete Digital: Inscribing Bodies Inscribing Screen. (1) The first part of this talk launches a theoretical probe through a critique of concrete writing – i.e. concrete poetry and related practices such as “shape-writing” or visual display of text – leading to a corrosive positing of the immediacy of the body to the screen. The theoretical question is: how can the digital be concrete? (2) The second part launches historical proofs towards the history of the concrete digital in the use of ASCII in computers, from the invention of ASCII to ASCII art to ASCII in email messages (and the turning artistic of the latter). The history and discourse of ASCII points to a very specific system of information and construction of communication. This part of the talk examines the history of ASCII and the use of ASCII in digital poetics. and

Monday, November 9, 3-5 PM, 232 CFA

A. J. PATRICK LISZKIEWICZ (SUNY Buffalo): “The Poetics of Video Games”. Video games have been compared to stories, movies, plays, and (of course) analog games, yet video games need not be narrative, linear, or competitive. Unlike novels and films, video games only exist as such when played, so they cannot be understood as objects. Instead, Liszkiewicz offers that video games are best examined through the lens of poetics, as a practice of making. Like poems, video games require that author, user, language, and technology work in concert to produce a unique, enacted experience. This talk will present a set of video games that engender poetic experiences (i.e. Arteroids, Flower, Katamari Damacy, Moon Stories, Phyta), and will explore the possibility that video games might also act as instruments for the creation of poetry.

Monday, November 16, 3-5 PM, 232 CFA

JONATHAN MINTON (Glenville State College, West Virginia): “Small Presses in Digital Recesses: Node and Network as New Literary Practices”. In his recent manifesto “Eighteen Challenges in Contemporary Literature”, Bruce Sterling theorizes that the perpetually emergent forms of digital media have forever changed the way literature is read, published, archived, and composed. Not only are books and the idea of a literary culture dead, he argues, but so too is poetry, reduced to a mere “specter at this dwindling feast”. This talk will address the changing role of publishing and literary composition in its digital environment through the lens of a small e-journal, Word For/Word, which Minton has edited for the past seven years.

All events will take place in the Center for the Arts, SUNY Buffalo, North
. Sponsored by the Electronic Poetry Center , Dept. of Media Study, SUNY Buffalo and, in part, by Gender Week, Institute for Research
and Education on Women and Gender
( Series Curators: Loss Pequeño Glazier and Anna Scime.

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