Transient self-portrait

Mencia, Maria [Artist] (2012) Transient self-portrait. In: Electrifying literature: affordances and constraints; 20-23 Jun 2012, Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.. (Unpublished)

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Transient self–portrait is an artistic research project questioning notions of reading and the electronic medium while exploring the possibilities of coding to interact with the work. I have taken as the point of departure two pivotal sonnets in Spanish literature that are normally studied alongside each other, Sonnet 23: ‘En tanto que de rosa y azucena’, (So long as of red rose and lily white) by Garcilaso de La Vega, a 16th Century Spanish poet, using Italian Renaissance verse forms, poetic techniques and themes and Mientras por competir con tu cabello (While trying with your tresses to compete) by Luís de Gongora, a 17th Century Spanish poet from the Baroque period. Gongora’s sonnet is a homage to Garcilaso’s and the styles and the cultural aspects that appear on the sonnets are very different reflecting the attitudes from the Renaissance and the Baroque. My piece is a response to some of the concepts that emerge from these sonnets; ephemeral-(ity) of life, consummation, transient entities, fragility, which are also relevant to our age and the electronic world we inhabit. The creative process is that of producing, reflecting, programming and testing the medium to explore these notions in an electronic media society of dialogues with self-images, engaging the participant in a reading experience of ‘in’ and ‘out’ of language, via webcams and interactive aesthetics. The sonnets pass from different stages of written, visual, aural, language and code to dissipate into nothing. In my presentation all these aspects will be discussed by demonstrating the work.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: Electrifying literature: affordances and constraints
Organising Body: Electronic Literature Organisation
Uncontrolled Keywords: sonnet, reading, generative, writing, visual language, aural, code, ephemeral-(ity), transient, time, evanescent, not permanent, fluid, fragility, interactive aesthetics, digital self, portraiture, webcam, electronic medium
Research Area: Art and design
English language and literature
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Maria Mencia
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2013 10:41
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2013 10:41

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