"Locating the text" festival
Digital poetry and literature / Performances + Workshop
Digital literature is in the spotlight with the "Locating the Text" festival partnered by Le Cube. This multidisciplinary event on new writing forms will be held at Le Cube as well as at BnF François Mitterrand, ENSAD and Centre Pompidou.
Several highlights await you at the festival. On Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 September at 8.30pm, Le Cube is offering two evenings of brand new short performances by international artists, in conjunction with digital literature and poetry.
And on Saturday 28 September, between 2pm and 5pm, you can try out digital poetry yourself at a design workshop dreamed up and hosted by author Alexandra Saemmer.
Locating the Text is co-organised by MIM and Paris 8 University Labex Arts-H2H, in partnership with the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO). Organising Committee: Philippe Bootz (chair and curator, MIM & Arts-H2H), Alexandra Saemmer (curator, Arts-H2H), Lucile Haute (EnsadLab & Arts-H2H), Nolwenn Trehondard (Arts-H2H), Sandy Baldwin (ELO) and Scott Rettberg (ELO). With the participation of DICRéAM.
Full detailed programme available at: http://chercherletexte.org/en/festival-en/performances-program/
WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER, 8.30PM: EVENING OF PERFORMANCES
‘POÈME PERCUTANT’ / MIM (PHILIPPE BOOTZ, NICOLAS BAUFFE, CLAUDE MOREAU & JEAN-PIERRE MOREAU)
Four texts generated by Philippe Bootz completely transform themselves on the screen but their visibility is controlled by three percussion instruments, invented by Nicolas Bauffe, which corrupt their legibility to create a spectacular event.
‘PONG PING POEM’ / PHILIPPE BOOTZ
Pong ping poem is part of the ‘little poems which are uncomfortable to read’ series. 50 texts by Philippe Bootz are read in a random order. The sound volume is controlled by a ping pong game and the performer must win in order to be heard. This physical game diverts the audience's attention: it can see and hear, but does it read?
‘TEXT’N FX’ / BRENDAN HOWELL
Text ‘n FX is a DJ mixer for text. It is a prototype machine developed in the 80s for the emerging practice of Hip-Hop. Instead of a DJ mixing two records together, the device's designers put forward the idea of a Text-Jockey (TJ).
‘ETANT DONNÉE’ / CÉCILE PORTIER
This performance questions the idea of predictability, as it is organised in digital devices in general and particularly in writing aid devices like mobile telephones' predictive text.
‘CONTACT’ / HP PROCESS (HORTENSE GAUTHIER & PHILIPPE BOISNARD)
A man and a woman write to each other through intermediary screens and from behind their keyboards they improvise a dialogue in which they deconstruct and blur network chat and relationship codes in a poetic, performance-driven way.
‘SEPARATION’ / ALIS COMPANY AND I-TRACE COLLECTIVE
This project is based on a process invented by Pierre Fourny, founder of ALIS, called ‘Poésie à 2 mi-mots’ (2-half-word poetry). This process consists of cutting words horizontally and joining those half words with others to make new ones.
‘VITAL TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC WELFARE’ / JASON EDWARD LEWIS
All of the works performed in Vital raise the issue of how we talk to one another, how we locate ourselves in wider cultural geographies, how we authenticate ourselves against our own expectations and those of others, and how matters that were once seen as so vital, so essential, can later be regarded as contingent.
THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER, 8.30PM: EVENING OF PERFORMANCES
‘AUTOPHAGOCITATION’ / SUSANA SULIC
The starting point for Autophagocitation is a text published in 1996 entitled ‘Le virus dans la ville’ (the virus in town). In this algorithmic video poem, words transform into images and melt into the literary content, and vice versa.
‘CONDUIT D’AÉRATION’ / LUCILE HAUTE, ALEXANDRA SAEMMER, REGINA DEMINA, AURELIE HERBET & TOMEK JAROLIM
In January 2011, the body of a young man was discovered in the ventilation shaft of a bank building. Who was he? How did he fall into this deadly trap? The texts are woven around him without grasping him.
‘NOTES ON THE VOYAGE OF OWL AND GIRL’ / J.R. CARPENTER
Notes on the Voyage of Owl and Girl is a work of computer-generated fiction which conflates and confabulates characters, facts and forms of narrative accounts of voyages into unknown seas undertaken over the past 2,340 years.
‘WRITING TO BE FOUND FROM HOW IT IS IN COMMON TONGUES’ / JOHN CAYLEY
A ‘reader’ robot selects and projects strings of sentences drawn from 'How It Is' by Samuel Beckett.John Cayley reads live at the same time from a text which also contains all of these ‘long common sentences’.
SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER, 2-5PM: DIGITAL POETRY WORKSHOP
This writing workshop, designed and hosted by Alexandra Saemmer, explores the possibilities and impossibilities of restoring personal memory by using digital expression tools. Participants will use an open source writing tool, Prezi, whose basic features are ‘diverted’ in order to allow personal literary expression. After the writing phase, participants will create a public rendering of the experience in the form of a performance. No previous programming knowledge is necessary for participating in the workshop.
Alexandra Saemmer is a research professor at Paris 8 University and author of digital literature. She has also written and edited several books and works on literature and digital arts: Matières textuelles sur support numérique (Saint-Étienne University Publications, 2007); E-Formes 2: Les littératures et arts numériques au risque du jeu (co-editor, Saint-Étienne University Publications, 2011); E-Formes 1: Ecritures visuelles sur support numérique (co-editor Saint- Étienne University Publications, 2008). She also writes ‘paper’ fiction and poetry
(new: “Das Hinterhaus”, Neuerdings weiß ich viel mehr, Textem, 2010).