Technotexts

The working title for my proposed online exhibition is “Technotexts”, taken from N. Katherine Hayles 2002 book Writing Machines. The exhibit takes as its point of departure her claim that “the physical form of the literary artifact always affects what the words (and other semiotic components) mean” and will critically examine the validity of this assertion by exploring and analysing emblematic examples of interactive fiction, hypertext fiction and electronic literature in conjunction with the “inscription technologies” used to create them. For example, we might endeavour to understand to what extent the form, content and meaning of Michael Joyce’s pivotal electronic hypertext afternoon, a story (1987) ┬áis as much a construct of the Storyspace software used to compose the work as it is of the artist’s imagination. Where does technology end and art begin?

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