John Cayley

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Providence , RI
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Canada
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1956
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John Cayley
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John Cayley practices digital language arts, and has been a poet, translator, publisher, and bookdealer. Links to his writing in networked and programmable media are at http://programmatology.shadoof.net. Recent and ongoing projects include imposition, riverIsland, what we will, and The Readers Project (http://thereadersproject.org). His last printed book of poems, adaptations and translations was Ink Bamboo (Agenda & Belew, 1996). Cayley was the winner of the Electronic Literature Organization's Award for Poetry 2001 (http://eliterature.org). He has taught or been associated with a number of universities in the United Kingdom, including the Performance Writing degree at Dartington College of Arts and the Department of English, Royal Holloway College, University of London, where he was an Honorary Research Associate. In the United States, he has taught or directed research at the University of California San Diego and Brown University, where he is now Professor of Literary Arts, with a brief to teach and develop writing in digital media. His most recent work explores ambient poetics in programmable media, writing in immersive artificial audiovisual environments, and aestheticized vectors of reading; with parallel theoretical interventions concerning the role of code, the temporal properties of textuality, and 'writing to be found' with/against the services of totalizing statistical models of language.

Works by this author:

Work title Publication Type Yearsort descending
Moods & Conjunctions Print publication, Other venue 1993
Collocations: Indra's Net II Published on disc, CD, or DVD, Published on the Web (individual site) 1993
The Golden Lion Other venue 1994
Speaking Clock Published on disc, CD, or DVD, Published on the Web (individual site) 1995
An Essay on the Golden Lion: Indra's Net IV Published on disc, CD, or DVD, Published on the Web (individual site) 1995
Book Unbound Published on the Web (online journal) 1995
Leaving the City: Indra's Net V Published on disc, CD, or DVD, Published on the Web (individual site) 1995
Oisleánd: Indra's Net IX Exhibited at gallery or event 1996
Pressing the Reveal Code Key: Indra's Net VIII Published on disc, CD, or DVD, Published on the Web (individual site), Published on the Web (online journal) 1996
windsound Published on the Web (online journal) 1998
noth'rs Application, Presented at conference or festival 1999
Instrumental Presented at conference or festival 2001
wotclock Exhibited at gallery or event, Published on the Web (individual site), Published on the Web (online journal) 2002
What We Will Published on the Web (individual site) 2004
Translation Published on disc, CD, or DVD, Published on the Web (individual site), Published on the Web (online journal) 2004
overboard Exhibited at gallery or event, Published on the Web (individual site) 2004
Torus Exhibited at gallery or event 2005
lens Published on the Web (individual site) 2006
riverIsland Published on the Web (individual site) 2007
Imposition Exhibited at gallery or event 2007

Critical writing by this author:

Title Publication Type Publisher Year
"How It Is in Common Tongues": an interview with John Cayley and Daniel Howe Interview 2012
An Interview with John Cayley on "Torus" Interview The Iowa Review Web 2006
Aurature and the End(s) of Electronic Literature Conference panel or roundtable 2015
Aurature at the End(s) of Electronic Literature Article in an online journal, Review ebr Electronic Book Review 2017
Beyond Codexspace: Potentialities of Literary Cybertext Article in a print journal, Article or chapter in a book Intellect Ltd. 1996
Cave Article or chapter in a book Johns Hopkins University Press 2014
Cave Writing: Reshaping Writing at Brown Conference panel or roundtable 2010
Ceux l'[image] encore/ une image langue: Beginning with How it is when translating certain processes of electronic literature Conference paper or presentation 2012
Der Code ist nicht der Text (es sei denn, er ist der Text) / The Code is not the Text (unless it is the Text) Article or chapter in a book 2004
From Byte to Inscription: An Interview with John Cayley by Brian Kim Stefans Article in an online journal The Iowa Review Web 2003
Hypertext '97 Article in an online journal ebr Electronic Book Review 1997
In the Event of Text Interview Cybertext Yearbook 1999
Inner Workings: Code and Representations of Interiority in New Media Poetics Article or chapter in a book Dichtung Digital 2003
Invisible Participation: Language and the Internet Conference paper or presentation 2012
Is There a Message in the Medium? The Materiality of Language Conference paper or presentation 2011
Literal Art Article in an online journal ebr Electronic Book Review 2004
Literal Art Article in an online journal ebr Electronic Book Review 2004
Literal Art (sidebar) Article in an online journal 2004
Literary Programming (In the Age of Digital Transliteration) Conference paper or presentation 1999
New Media Poetry: Poetic Innovation and New Technologies Issue of a journal Visible Language 1996
Overboard: An Example of Ambient Time-Based Poetics in Digital Art Article in an online journal Dichtung Digital 2004
Performances Of Writing In The Age Of Digital Transliteration Conference paper or presentation 1998
Poetry and Stuff: A Review of '#!' Review ebr Electronic Book Review 2015
Potentialities of Literary Cybertext Article in a print journal Visible Language 1996
Pressing the ‘Reveal Code’ Key Article in an online journal EJournal 1996
Reading and Giving Voice and Language Article in a print journal 2013
Revolution and Literal Poetics: Writing to be Found and the Natural Language Liberation Fron Conference paper or presentation 2011
Screen Writing: A Practice-based, EuroRelative Introduction to Digital Literature and Poetics Article or chapter in a book 2009
SURFACE TEXT: Text as Surface in Immersive 3D Environments Invited lecture 2009
Terms of Use Conference paper or presentation 2012
The Artist, the Database, and the Project of the University Conference paper or presentation 2012
The Code is not the Text (unless it is the Text) Article in an online journal ebr Electronic Book Review 2002
The Gravity of the Leaf: Phenomenologies of Literary Inscription in Media-Constituted Diegetic Worlds Article or chapter in a book 2010
The Institution of the Book: Why Shelley Jackson Doesn't Write Hypertext Invited lecture 2011
The Readers Project: Procedural Agents and Literary Vectors Article in a print journal The MIT Press
Time, Code, Language: New Media Poetics and Programmed Signification Article or chapter in a book The MIT Press 2006
Weapons of the Deconstructive Masses (WDM): Whatever 'Electronic Literature' May or May Not Mean Article in a print journal Revista de Estudos Literários 2012
Weapons Of The Deconstructive Masses: Whatever the Electronic in Electronic Literature may or may not mean Article in an online journal, Conference paper or presentation 2008
Writing on Complex Surfaces Article in an online journal Dichtung Digital 2005
Writing to be Found and Writing Readers Article in an online journal DHQ Digital Humanities Quarterly 2011
“III=II=I=I=II=III” Conference paper or presentation 2012

Events arranged:

Event City Date Event type Edit link
E-Poetry 2005 London 28.09.2005 Festival
Electronic Literature Organization 2010: Archive & Innovate Providence 03.06.2010 Conference

Curator of:

Title City Country Date
Interrupt II Studio Providence United States February 10, 2012 to February 12, 2012

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