ReadWrite digital textualities: searching for new languages

Mencia, Maria [Speaker] (2012) ReadWrite digital textualities: searching for new languages. In: MIX: A Conference Exploring Transmedia Writing & Digital Creativity; 16 - 18 Jul 2012, Bath, U.K.. (Unpublished)


ReadWrite Digital Textualities: Searching for New Languages As an artist and a practice-based researcher in language-media art/poetry, my work through the years has explored notions of the linguistic (the transparent, the legible), the visual materiality of language (the language surface, the illegible) and the aural multilingual soundscape. The in-between space of these three semiotic systems of image-sound and text, bring notions of looking at the text, the surface, the materiality and looking through the text, the semantic meaning of language. Influenced by Kristeva’s notions of the in-between pre-linguistic and linguistic, concrete, visual and experimental poetics, as well as linguistics, conceptual and visual art and new media theories and practices, I set up to question ways of reading and writing in the digital medium. I am to explore how the text engages the reader in a shifting in and out of language. At the end of the 90’s, I started to use different software tools and programmable languages to create interactive pieces and in my most recent work I have worked collaboratively to explore generative performative writing by using code as the medium: the invisible material that creates the work and its use for interactive aesthetics. When I started my doctoral studies in the year 2000, there was a lack of convention or critical vocabulary needed to analyse this practice or even a genre where to place it. Twelve years later there are a large number of artists, writers, and scholars in the fields of e-poetry, e-literature and new media art producing work including AR, locative media, interactive work, generative narratives,, animation, and digital fiction while simultaneously incorporating knowledge from various other disciplines. In my presentation, through examples of my creative research practice I will be able to demonstrate the notions mentioned above highlighting aspects of digital poetics.

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