Structure

*Please note that this outline is subject to changes as each year a slightly different trajectory takes shape based on research interests within the group. The class log, maintained by the TA, will provide a recap of activities, file attachments, and full assignment descriptions. All offline readings are provided as pdf files.

Weekly topics are generally briefly introduced on the date that they appear and then elaborated upon the following week through discussing the assigned readings, screenings, and creative work.

WEEK 1: JANUARY 27
Writing in Flux: The Book that Was To Come
course overview and screenings
Introduction as Iteration: house_of_dust
In-class Screenings: Electronic Literature Collection, volume 1 and volume2
Suggested Readings: Hayles, N. Katherine.Electronic Literature: What is it?;
Creative Resource: Gertrude Stein, Composition as Explanation
Technical Resource: HTML5 tutorials
Assigned Reading: Loss Glazier: Glazier_abcsofCoding
Assigned Task: Any Language Cannot Be Foreign (Hybrid Composition)
Compose a creative response to the Glazier reading that considers / performs relationships and boundaries between code and text. Output can be 1 or more html files or a sketch (meaning small program) in another coding language.
WEEK 2: FEBRUARY 3
Navigation and Embodied Systems
Reading: Aarseth, Espen.  Introduction: Ergodic Literature.
Reading: Michael Joyce, Afternoon: A Story (try in safari);
Critical Resource: Bernstein, Mark.  Patterns of Hypertext
Technical Resource: CSS Tutorial
in-class exercise: what makes sand your concern?
(pdf)  translationasintroduction_Stein
Screenings: Raymond Queneau:  Cent mille milliards de poèmesRacter (Machine Prose);
Assigned Task: Ergodic System (What pattern do you remember?)
Construct an “ergodic” text based on a consideration of Espen Aarseth’s writing and perhaps an examination of some of the works referenced. The exercise is open to your interpretation both technically and conceptually, but the secondary prompt is intended as a creative stimulus: what pattern do you remember?
Note: remember to download an ftp client for next week if you don’t have one. Crit, on the 9th floor, can install fetch from their template or you can download Filezilla (free) or Transmit (excellent but not free). Only Transmit, fetch and secureftp will work with web space provided by SAIC.
WEEK 3: FEBRUARY 10
Digital Visuality
Screenings: Ted Warnell: poems by nari, Jim Andrews: dbCinema, Marko Niemi: minimalist concrete poetry; Stephane Mallarmé: Un Coup de Des; Jean François Bory: Elegy for 3 Astronauts; Ronald Johnson: Maze Mane Wane; Steve McCaffery: Carnival
Resource: ‘Prehistoric Digital Poetry“, Chris Funkhouser from Prehistoric Digital Poetry
Assigned Readings: Lori Emerson: Typewriter Concrete Poetry as Activist Media Poetics;
CSS Tutorials: http://www.w3schools.com/css/css_positioning.asp
http://www.w3schools.com/css/css_float.asp
Assigned Task: Electronic Calligrammes
WEEK 4: FEBRUARY 17
Languages That Execute: A Closer Look at Codework
Mez: cross.ova.ing /codewurk,  Jodi:  http://wwwwwwwww.jodi.org/(view source), Alan Sondheim: truth or illusion & run by me, Jose Carlos Silvestre: Failed Fractals, Hannah Weiner, Code Poems (very short excerpt), Nick Montfort: ppg256 (Perl Poetry Generators) and other works code, language and remix->Kathy Acker: Great Expectations;  Repetition and Remix in Machine Texts;
Reading: Wendy Chun: On Sourcery and Source Codes


WEEK 5: FEBRUARY 24
Code Sourcery
exercise: The Library is on Fire
work->bpNichol: First Screening, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries: Dakota, John Cayley: Translation
Reading: from The Readies, Bob Brown (1930)
codebase: javascript (tutorial here)
Reading: ‘Mathew’s_Algorithm‘, Harry Mathews
assignment: Project 1

WEEK 6: MARCH 3
Mat(t)hew’s Algorithm(s): Combinatory Texts & Writing of Scale
Intervention by TA Matthew Sage
works->web implementation of Queneau’s Hundred Thousand Billion Poems, Loss Glazier: Io Sono At Swoons, Brian Kim Stefans: Kluge; Nick Montfort &: Taroko Gorge; Jhave: Mups

WEEK 7: MARCH 10:
Work week, 1-on-1 meetings

WEEK 8: MARCH 17
Project 1 presentations

WEEK 9: MARCH 24
Project 1 presentations

WEEK 10: MARCH 31
 Reading as Writing: parsing-through, erasing & channeling
I. Erasure
Dice Thrown: Mallarmé (1914) /Broodthaers (1969)
Jen Bervin: The Desert (1901/2008)
N. NourbeSe Philip: Zong! (1781/2011) (AboutReading Zong / The Weight of What’s left Out /  Excerpts)
II. Mesostics & Diastics
John Cage: Writing Through Finnegans Wake for the Second Time (1939/1978)
Joyce reads from the Wake
Finnegans Wake (full text)
mesostics explanation
Jackson Mac Low spells through Ezra Pound (1948/1983)
Mac Low’s diastic method
III. Appropriation as Translation
Jorge Borges: Pierre Menard Author of The Quixote (1605-1615;1939)
John Cayley: How it Is: In Common Tongues (1961/2012)
Danny Snelson: My Dear CoUntess (various/2007)
Joyce and millions of little acts of copyright infringement
Joe Davis: Art as a Form of Life
IV. Data Poems & Live Feeds
Andrei GheorgheThe Longest Poem in the World, Rui Torres: poemas no meio, Nick Montfort & Stephanie Strickland: Sea and Spar Between;Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin: Listening Post
codebase: javascript/jquery/ajax

WEEK 11: APRIL 7
Ubiquitous Writing: Mobility & Gesture

Stephanie Strickland & Ian Hatcher: vniverse; Jorge Piringer: Konsonant & abcdefghij…; Samantha Gorman: Pry; Amaranth
Blast Theory: Can you see me now?; Kate Armstrong: Ping

WEEK 12: APRIL 14
Writing in Mixed & Augmented Reality
Caitlin Fisher: Andromeda; Amaranth Borsuk & Brad Bouse: Between Page and ScreenWhispering Galleries, Between; Mark Swarek: WHitney Biennial AR Intervention
WEEK 13: APRIL 21
FINAL PROJECTS
WEEK 14: APRIL 28
–CRITIQUE WEEK NO CLASS–


WEEK 15: MAY 5
FINAL PROJECTS

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