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Performing Assemblages of Collective Enunciation in 'The Broadside of a Yarn'

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Traditionally, visual, computational, performing, and literary arts referred to separate corpora, theoretical frameworks, modes of production, venues, and audiences. This persistent separation proves problematic for creating, disseminating, experiencing, and theorising multi-modal work which draws equally upon multiple artistic and scientific traditions. This paper adopts a necessarily hybrid approach to addresses a multi-modal body of practice-led research. The Broadside of a Yarn remediates the broadside, a performative form of networked narrative popular from 16th century onward. Like the broadside ballads of old, the public posting of The Broadside of a Yarn signifies that it is intended to be performed. Embedded within the cartographic space of the printed map are QR codes which link to computer-generated narrative dialogues composed of fragments culled from a corpus of print literature. These are presented as performance scripts replete with ‘stage’ instructions suggesting how and where they might be performed. As such, these points on the physical map point to potential events, to utterances, to speech acts. This paper frames the composition of this work in terms of the Situationist strategies of détournement and dérive as theorized by McKenzie Wark. Adopting N. Katherine Hayles’ conception of the digital text as ‘eventilized’, and adapting Foucault’s conception of the archive ‘emerging in fragments’ to consider the computer-generated narrative as a general system of the formation and transformation of statement-events, this paper situates The Broadside of a Yarn and three stand-alone works to have emerged from it on an axis between langue and parole, between what is said and what is done, between what Deleuze and Guattari term machinic assemblages of desire and assemblages of collective enunciation.

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Titlesort descending Date Location
Electronic Literature Organization 2013: Chercher le texte 23.09.2013
Centre Pompidou
19 Rue Beaubourg
75004 Paris
France
FR
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École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs
31 Rue Ulm
75005 Paris
France
FR
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Bibliothèque nationale de France
Quai François Mauriac
Paris
France
FR
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Le Cube
20 Cours Saint-Vincent
Paris
France
FR
ELMCIP Conference on Remediating the Social 01.11.2012
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
GB
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J. R. Carpenter