Aside from the Modernist Journals Project, it can be difficult to see online copies of the small-press publications where much of the experimental literature has happened over the past century or so. That’s why Eclipse is a useful web site.
Eclipse is “a free on-line archive focusing on digital facsimiles of the most radical small-press writing from the last quarter century. Eclipse also publishes carefully selected new works of book-length conceptual unity.”
Maybe someday these archives will be as user-friendly as Issu, or one of the other PDF-sharing websites out there, but for now they serve as an excellent archive of the work.
Dreaming Methods is a website that features some of the best digital storytelling on the internet. With an archive of more than 20 works of interactive literature, it is a great place to learn about digital literature.
The site began its life on Amiga Public Domain during mid 1990s, as an archive of many of the projects created during that time.
Dreaming Methods is inspired largely by abstract concepts that would perhaps be difficult to capture using writing alone. The multi-layered complexity of dreams/nightmares and real/imagined memories that feature in many of the narratives are represented by a heavy mix of media that is designed to be compulsive and immersive. Projects are inspired by music, film and web design as much as literature, and attempt to take strands of each and weave them into something entirely new.
Dreaming Methods is however experimental. Our plan is to continue to attempt to produce challenging hybrid fiction projects that push the boundaries of digital writing.
Repugno Selects is a new blogzine for visual poetry / word art / text objects “” as they intervene in the world. Each issue, Repugno the editor, gives us an interesting collection of graffiti, and things like graffiti to enjoy. His criteria: the visual poetry cannot appear on a page. Instead, the art featured ere is printed on brick walls, tacked onto phone booths, and discovered in alleyways. Repugno calls this kind of stuff “Vispo in the World”. (Vispo, of course, is short for “visual poetry”.) The criteria for Repugno Selects also serves as a good definition of what is meant by “Vispo in the World”. Read on. Continue Reading
In honor of the Olympics this summer, we bring you this amusing tidbit, The Flux-Olympiad.
Founding Fluxus artist George Maciunas (1931 ““ 1978) conceived the idea of a Flux-Olympiad in the 1960s but this event was never realized until Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall housed the first ever Flux-Olympiad, a series of flux-sports events over the three-day arts festival on the 23-26 May, 2008.
Artist, sportsman and Fluxus expert Tom Russotti commentated on the Fluxxus Olympiad for the Tate Modern’s podcast.
The Flux-Olympiad was first conceived of by George Macunias in the 1960s but never realised. It’s a series of games, team games, races, that all have been created by Fluxus artists. And all trying to in some way invert or subvert the traditional notion of a competitive sporting event. So whether it’s the Stilt Soccer events where contestants are asked to attempt an almost impossible goal of playing Soccer on stilts, or the flipper race where people run down the track with flippers on ““ all these events end up having a comical presence that plays with the performative aspects of sports.
Both Flux-athletes and visitors were able to take part in a wide range of flux-sports including soccer games played on stilts, obstacle shoe races, slow speed bicycle races and the balloon shotput.
Fluxus was network of international artists who collaborated in Europe, the United States and Japan from the 1960s and 1970s. It explored ideas around performance, interaction, collective activity and experimentation. Reviving the spirit of Dada, and influenced by composer John Cage, Fluxus uses humour as well as Zen philosophy to blur the boundary between art and everyday life. Fluxfests where multiple events were staged embodied these ideas and were a key element of Fluxus.
[ Source: Bernie DeKoven's FunSmith ]
Recently, The Avant Writing Collection has published a catalog of visual poetry, Visual Poetry in the Avant Writing Collection. It includes many samples from the collection, along with critical writing.