How is writing on paper different from writing on a computer? How is text on a screen unlike text on a page? The poet Tan Lin writes that “people forget a book or codex is a technology. Just as metadata tags are used to comb through information, reading, too, is a kind of search function." How does writing adapt to and utilize digital technologies and which kinds of writings would not be able to exist without the web?
This course will explore the relationship between poetry and digital media from a variety of perspectives. We will study works of art and literature that exploit different features of digital text while thinking about their place in the history of literacy and the verbal arts through readings in critical theory (McLuhan, Ong, Freud, Derrida, Mullen, Cixous).
Topics will range from constraint-based works that interface with the web to code poetry and electronic literature. Each week, students will be asked to respond creatively and on different platforms to the works discussed in class.
Brian Droitcour is a writer, translator and curator in New York. He recently edited The Animated Reader, a book of poetry, as part of the New Museum's 2015 triennial and is currently an editor at Art in America magazine.
Sophia Le Fraga is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of the anti-plays “W8ING 4” and “TH3 B4LD 50PR4N0” (Gauss PDF, 2014), which have been featured on Jacket2, Dazed & Confused, MOTHERBOARD, The New York Times and Yahoo! Tech. Her recent chapbook literallydead is out from Spork Press.