[NetBehaviour] Electronic Literature 2012

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
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Electronic Literature 2012


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ECO Communique: What is Electronic Literature
ECO Communique: What is Electronic Literature

1. The ECO asks: What is literature? Literature is already a
    matter of the archive, expanding genres, mutable canons.
    Literature is neither necessarily intended nor produced by
    particular species. Literature is either a moment of
    speculation which has been released, or a curtailment of
    loose and fluent ontologies. The epistemology of literature
    has traditionally been the diegetic, the gaze, not the
    glance. Literature perseveres now within the glance.

2. Organisms are electronic, quantum; the digital is slurry;
    inscription is always interactive. Games are literature and
    electronic, films are literature and electronic,
    intentionality entangles with literature when and where
    inscription is. Inscription and culture are entangled;
    culture and literature are entangled.

3. The label of literature is useless because it's extended to
    the breaking-point; the extension attempts conformal mappings
    from past to future. The label of electronic is useless
    because it's immanent; virtual particles fall under the aegis
    of electronic literature, even if uncharged. Just as the
    Higgs field draws out mass, inscription draws out the
    categoric and literature dies and exists on local terrains,
    drawing out the _field_ of literature. To inscribe is to
    augment and divide; to inscribe is to simultaneously negate
    and assert.

4. Any definition falls by the wayside as fast-forward culture
    clutters the imaginary with manifestos and definitions as so
    many uncanny ghosts. The real question (if questions,
    suspensions, are real in the sense that the answer is
    captured prey) is how to observe, absorb, without limitation
    and with a situational criticality that offers, as if
    Vaihinger's as-if, meandering with expectation under erasure.

5. Beyond literature and electronics, there are bodies. Beneath
    literature and electronics, there are bodies. Above
    literature and electronics, there are bodies. Most of the
    bodies are dead, most of the archives are vacant, most of the
    caretakers have disappeared, most of the inscriptions have
    never been read, most of the literature will never have been

6. The ECO states: The electronic literature of slime molds, of
    dinosaurs, of hemiptera, of prions; the electronic literature
    of cuttlefish, of starlings, of bacteriophages; the
    electronic literature of DNA, RNA, cellular processes.

7. At the limit, the analogic body is digital; at the limit, the
    digital body is analogic. At the limit, the electronic body
    is abject; at the limit, the abject body is electronic. At
    the limit, inscription _may be_ a gathering; at the limit, a
    gathering _may be_ inscription.

8. The ECO insists: A literature without limits is a literature,
    not degree zero, but degree infinite. What is _not_
    literature is already circumscribed, prescribed, a writing.
    Fast-forward culture: what is _not_ literature, _is,_ and
    what _is_ literature, _is not._

9. Special America is electronic literature, arduino is
    electronic literature, choreography is electronic literature,
    the body is electronic literature, makerbot is electronic
    literature; sex is electronic literature. Fastforward IRC,
    Fidonet, BBS, and newsgroups are literature; should they be
    archived?. Should the archive be archived? Should _a
    literature_ be _the literature_ be preserved? Does _a
    literature_ exist? Does literature?


11. Within the ECO - Electro-Cultural Organization, the Crisis
     is central. The Crisis is the literature of the
     becoming-extinguished, of the extinct, of information glut
     and universal controlled-transparency; of the tyranny of
     Fundamental Corporations: Google, Facebook, Apple, [...] of
     the tyranny of colonialism and neocolonialism; of the
     tyranny of the One Percent: of the Drifting Tyranny we
     confront on a daily basis. The ECO is the shadow
     organization of the ELO and is political to the core. The
     ECO acts ON Literature and THROUGH the Electronic. The ECO
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