The Dreamlife of Letters

Description (in English): 

A Flash animation, based on a text by Rachel Blau DuPlessis, that attempts to explore the ground between classic concrete poetry, avant-garde feminist practice, and "ambient" poetics (that's really just plain fun to watch).

(Source: Author's Description from ELC Vol. 1)

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On a five year old i-book, the sporulation [in "Dreamlife of Letters"] is clearly visible; on a recent macbook, the animation is run slightly faster, and the sporulation seems less visible; on a more powerful non-portable computer, it becomes even imperceptible! In this particular case, the reader is given no opportunity to grasp the meaning the author wants to convey. He is not even able to guess it, for there is no theoretical paratext to warn him about the fact that certain surface events may become invisible (qtd. in Saemmer "Aesthetics of Surface, Ephemeral and Re-Enchantment in Digital Literature" 482).

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Critical writing that references this work:

Title Author Yearsort descending
From (Command) Line to (Iconic) Constellation Kenneth Goldsmith 2001
Computerpoesie: Studien zur Modifikation poetischer Texte durch den Computer Saskia Reither 2003
Fashionable Noise: On Digital Poetics Brian Kim Stefans 2003
A Vanguard Projected in Motion: Early Kinetic Poetry in Portuguese Chris Funkhouser 2005
New Media Poetics: As We May Think/How to Write Adalaide Morris 2006
Digital Gestures Carrie J. Noland 2006
The Imaginary Solution Craig Douglas Dworkin 2007
Born Digital: Writing Poetry in the Age of New Media Maria Engberg 2007
Le(s) Mange Texte(s): Creative Cannibalism and Digital Poetry Chris Funkhouser 2007
Letters That Matter: Electronic Literature Collection Vol 1 John David Zuern 2007
Aesthetics of Surface, Ephemeral and Re-Enchantment in Digital Literature: How Authors and Readers Deal with the Lability of the Electronic Device Alexandra Saemmer 2009
Born Digital Stephanie Strickland 2009
Travels in Cybertextuality. The Challenge of Ergodic Literature and Ludology to Literary Theory Markku Eskelinen 2009
These terabytes I have tries to shore against our ruins: Digital poetics, the modernist project and modes of cognition Theodoros Chiotis 2010
Typing the Dancing Signifier: Jim Andrews' (Vis)Poetics Leonardo L. Flores 2010
Why Digital Literature Has Always Been “Beyond the Screen” Andrew Michael Roberts 2010
Closer again! Alexandra Saemmer 2010
Arte Digital: Pixel, Algoritmo, Código, Programação e Dados Álvaro Seiça 2011
'Living Letterforms': The Ecological Turn in Contemporary Digital Poetics Rita Raley 2011
I Love E-Poetry Leonardo L. Flores 2011
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