News

• I have made significant changes to The Listeners pages on this website, with a lot of new documentation and some material which anyone following development of the work may find interesting and/or useful. An international translation project with a team working out of RIT in Rochester is helping to translate The Listeners into other registers and languages. Watch this space.

• Daniel C. Howe is a hacktivist-artist extraordinaire and code athlete. For some time now, we have been planning to re-engineer The Readers Project for javascript-based webapp publication and we are, at last, ready to go live with thereadersproject.org/live. (The site is published, but will be under continuous development for the foreseeable future.) Daniel's monumental art+NLP project RiTa provides the infrastructure for this work. We both look forward to significant new aesthetic outcomes. Daniel's research assistant, Sally Chen, has provided invaluable support for this project.

• And The Readers Project will be reprised and celebrated by Daniel and myself at the forthcoming conference of the ELO, Affiliations, Communities, Translations, at Porto, Portugal, July 18-22, where I have also been asked to exhibit Translation in a re-engineered version.

• Recently in 'Reconfiguration: symbolic image and language art' I proposed that a special sense of reconfiguration is characteristic of a broad range of aesthetic practice for which computation – networked and programmable media – is compositionally significant. Reconfiguration is clearer and has better theoretical traction than 'new aesthetic', and it allows us to distinguish 'glitch' from, for example, deformation.

RECONFIGURATIONISM is the new movement in computational art. <

  The essay is published through an online open access journal in a special issue on The Poetics of Computation edited by Burt Kimmelman and Andrew Klobucar and has other good essays by Sandy Baldwin, Brian Stefans, Chris Funkhouser, Angela Ferraiolo, Jeff Johnson, Mark Marino, and Rod Wittig.

• At the end of 2015, the Portuguese scholar-practitioner Álvaro Seiça was in Providence, RI. Amongst other things, he conducted an interview with me, and posted the video, 'Rewriting the System', as one in a series of similar engagements with pioneers of language art in unconventional and, particularly, digital media.

 

Earlier news, still of some interest

• A fine book of interviews edited by Robert Simanowski, Digital Media and Digital Humanities has been published open access – July 2016 – and is downloadable from Open Humanities Press. I'm very pleased to be in the company of many luminaries including Johanna Drucker and Bernard Stiegler. My own interview with Roberto, extracted from the book, is available here.

The Listeners version 2 was selected by Wire Magazine online as number 7 among The Ten Best Amazon Echo Skills for Loners.

The Listeners, with much new documentation, is still a major focus of interest and energy for me.

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