Binding Media: Print-Digital Literature 1980s-2010s

Monograph in progress

[This is an old description. Since posting, the work has evolved significantly. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch. The collection bellow, however, is pretty up to date. “Not a case of words: Textual Environments and Multimateriality in Between Page and Screen,” my article advancing research for this project is available at the Electronic Book Review].

General Description: This project identifies a phenomenon in electronic literature (e-lit) I typify as a “binding media”: works made up of several material components, usually print and digital but sound and visual media (cassette tapes, postcards, etc.) are not uncommon. Because of their material architecture, these works require specific infrastructural conditions and the unfolding of several practices or protocols for their reading. Similarly, due to their distributed architecture, these works rely either on computational ways of linking its material components like augmented reality in the most recent works, or on establishing a script for the reader to go back and forth between them in the older ones. I argue that the range of interactions and reading conditions embedded in these works are akin to a book’s binding: it organizes materially, conceptually, and literarily. The significance of examining these works is manifold. Firstly, they reveal the complexity and intricacy of the literary and publishing media ecology countering simplistic page-screen dyads. Further, they allow us to study the modification of the practices and protocols associated with each of its material components. Moreover, these works’ distributed architecture constitutes a radically contemporary media genre of e-lit forced to change in accordance to digital media cycles of obsolescence. And finally, binding media require and create highly specific reading conditions layered across their material components. Even when these works are highly experimental, the specific conditions of each one constitute a laboratory to investigate contemporary changing reading and writing practices.

Corpus in development (suggestions and additions welcome):

Augmented Reality

  • Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bouse. Between Page and Screen
  • Aaron Reed and Jacob Garbe. Ice-Bound
  • Caitlin Fisher. Circle
  • Belén Gache. Augmented Reality Poetry Readings + DIY Books

iPad or Web application

  • Kate Durbin, Amaranth Borsuk, and Ian Hatcher, Abra
  • Stephanie Strickland, Cinthya Lawson, M.D. Coverley, and Ian Hatcher. Vniverse, V : Errand, Losing L’una/ WaveSon.nets, Losing L’una/WaveTercets
  • Giselle Beiguelman. O Livro depois do Livro
  • Luis Correa-Díaz. Clickable Poem@s
  • J.R. Carpenter. The Gathering Cloud, An Ocean of Static, Generation(s), Zines
  • Carlos Cociña. Plagio de afecto
  • Karen Villeda, Tesauro
  • Vinicius Marquet and Gabriel Wolfson. Caja/Anacron
  • Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0 / b.a.n.g. lab. Transborder Immigrant Tool
  • Kate Armstrong and Michael Tippet. Grafik Dynamo
  • Whitney Trettien. Gaffe/Stutter

CD Rom

  • Belén Gache. El libro del fin del mundo
  • Stephanie Strickland. Zone : Zero
  • Oni Buchanan. Mandrake Vehicles / Spring
  • Luis Bravo. Árbol VeloZ
  • Ian Bogost. A Slow Year
  • Augusto de Campos. Não (2003), Poetamenos (2014)
  • Holly Franking. Negative Space. A Computerized Video Novel

Floppy Disk

  • Paul Zelevanski. The Case for the Burial of Ancestors. Books I, II, III.ç
  • Robert Pinsky. Mindwheel
  • Thomas Disch. Amnesia
  • William Gibson, Dennis Ashbaugh, Kevin Begos. Agrippa (A Book of the Dead)
  • Wilém Flusser. Die Schrift

Printed Output

  • Nick Montfort. #!, Autopia, The Truelist, etc.
  • Allison Parrish. Articulations
  • Rafael Pérez y Pérez. Mexica: 20 Years—20 Stories [Mexica: 20 años—20 historias]
  • Milton Läufer. A Noise Such as a Man Might Make
  • Ian Hatcher. Prosthesis

Scholarly works, Anthologies or Collections

  • N. Katherine Hayles. Writing Machines
  • Jay David Bolter. Writing Space
  • Jorge Luiz Antonio. Poesia Digital. Teoría, História, Antologías
  • Writing on the Edge 2.2
  • The Complete Artintact
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