Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Theory Objects & Shareable Concepts

Reader, we have either been terribly remiss or charmingly discreet. April's almost half over & we've not once mentioned Intergalactic Poetry Month! (We have now.) In our defense, every month in the oonaverse is Intergalactic Poetry Month. 

One thing we're thinking about during these heightened days of poetic contemplation is Bruce Sterling's essay on the "New Aesthetic," a term writer & artist James Bridle uses to talk about the "eruption of the digital into the physical." Here are a few of Bridle's examples: 

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We're reserving judgement, for now, about the usefulness of New Aesthetic as a generic label but it's intriguing to think about how trends in contemporary poetry fit with (or fail to fit with) the kind of urbane, pixellated witticisms of New Aesthetic visual culture. Flarfist poetry might present a recent analogue but, somehow, eruptions of the digital into the linguistic don't seem to be quite the same sort of animal (macro). There is something to be said here about search engine poetics more generally, though we are not quite saying it. Some interesting responses to Bridle & Sterling may be found here. You're quite welcome!

But don't stop there. While you're at it, you might as well take a look at I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (Les Figues Press 2012). When you've done that, go straight to Sina Queyras'  fascinating & unlikely "Lyric Conceptualism, A Manifesto in Progress" (via Harriet& the impeccably pink-suited Kenneth Goldsmith's subsequent response.