[NetBehaviour] Next Thursday Club: on 22 November with JOSEPH TABBI
Maria Chatzichristodoulou [aka maria x]
drp01mc at gold.ac.uk
Fri Nov 16 20:30:16 CET 2007
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**NEXT THURSDAY CLUB ** NEXT THURSDAY CLUB ** NEXT THURSDAY CLUB **
Supported by the Goldsmiths GRADUATE SCHOOL and the Goldsmiths DIGITAL
6pm until 8pm, Seminar Rooms at Ben Pimlott Building (Ground Floor,
right), Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW
FREE, ALL ARE WELCOME. No booking required.
*22 NOVEMBER with JOSEPH TABBI *
Toward a Semantic Literary Web: Three Case Histories
Supported by Goldsmiths Department of English and Comparative Literature
and Pinter Centre for Performance and Creative Writing - ECL
In this talk, Joseph Tabbi introduces a new literary and arts
collective, Electronic Text + Textiles, whose members are exploring the
convergence of written and material practices. While some associates
create actual electronic textiles, Tabbi has explored the text/textile
connection as it manifests itself in writing produced within electronic
environments. His online laboratory consists of two literary web sites,
EBR (www.electronicbookreview.com), a literary journal in continuous
production since 1995, and the Electronic Literature Directory
(www.eliterature.org), a project that seeks not just to list works but
to define an emerging field. Rather than regard these sites as
independent or free-standing projects, Tabbi presents their development
in combination with the current (and similarly halting) development of
semantically driven content on the Internet (e.g., The Semantic Web, or
His purpose is to determine to what extent *concepts* can flow through
electronic networks, as distinct from the predominant flow of
*information*. The latter, in which documents are brought together by
metatags, keywords, and hot links, is arguably destructive of literary
value. Where tagging and linking depend on direct, imposed conectivity
at the level of the signifier, the creation of literary value depends
on suggestiveness, associative thought, ambiguity in expression and
intent, fuzzy logic, and verbal resonance. At a time when powerful and
enforced combinations of image and text threaten to obscure the
differential basis of meaning as well as the potential for bringing
together, rather than separating, rhetorical modes, Electronic Text +
Textiles seeks to recognize and encourage the production of nuanced,
textured languages within electronic environments.
JOSEPH TABBI is the author of two books of literary criticism, Cognitive
Fictions (Minnesota, 2002) and Postmodern Sublime (Cornell, 1995). He
edits ebr (www.electronicbookreveiw.com) and hosted the 2005 Chicago
meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. He is
Professor of Literature at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
13 DECEMBER with ALEX GILLESPIE, BRIAN O'NEILL & ROBB MITCHELL
How can "speaking the thoughts of others" enhance and subvert social
interaction both face-to-face and remotely ?
The audiences are invited to participate in a social event cum
performance seminar and experience being cyranoids, synchronoids or
THE THURSDAY CLUB is an open forum discussion group for anyone
interested in the theories and practices of cross-disciplinarity,
interactivity, technologies and philosophies of the state-of-the-art in
today's (and tomorrow's) cultural landscape(s).
For more information check http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/gds/events.php or
email Maria X at drp01mc at gold.ac.uk
Maria Chatzichristodoulou [aka maria x] PhD Art and Computational Technologies Goldsmiths Digital Studios skype: mariax_gr www.cybertheater.org
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