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POP UP: a poptagon

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works on 10/28/2012 at 05:20

Another trip down memory lane; another collaboration with Dorothee Lang. ‘POP UP poptagon’ went live in Locus Novus on September 22nd a few years back.  The day/month strikes me as significant in more ways than one: My long-time animal companion died on September 22nd this year. The passing was, and still is, sad. The project, however, was floral and fun: “a collaborative exploration of the pop culture lexicon as it pertains to four overlapping processes that set and keep pop culture in motion: distribution, commodification, (re)production, and consumption”.

 Here’s the link:

POP UP: a poptagon / Locus Novus

Thank goodness for Dorothee’s blog notes. They contain email excerpts that remind me of how the project began. She wrote:

it started with some images of backyard flowers sent back and forth as mail additions. then came some floored peonies. and a tossed thought in a mail:

“here, a rain front washed through. the peonies are floored. i just was outside, trying to perk them up a bit. picture to follow.
we could start to work on a flower-collaboration ;-)”
– d.

For the full blog post, and my response to her suggestion, go here.

Locus Novus features projects that synthesize text, image, motion, and sound.

Dealing with Family & Friends

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works on 10/23/2012 at 16:41

A trip down memory lane recalls my first collaboration with German author / artist Dorothee Lang—a 2009 cross-disciplinary project that appears in the online journal qarrtsiluni. The quasi-mathematical formula is as follows:

audio + visual + fiction + theory + stamp
=
Dealing with Family and Friends

The project evolved over a game of email volleyball; a series of back-and-forth tosses that began with the lines that now appear on the photo. Image selection was next. Then came the postage stamp. The fictional theoretical story followed. Audio-recording of the words came last. Somehow, we pulled it together, without any conscious road map or plan.

In addition to the online publication, the project is included (without audio) in qarrtsiluni’s print anthology entitled:

Economy

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Dorothee’s notes on the process are here.

> language > place blog carnival #7: oenisplx igrnimeeg spnimirt

In About All Publications, About Image Works, Blog Carnivals / Events, Treks on 06/24/2011 at 16:10

oenisplx / igrnimeeg / spnimirt is an asemic project I put together with Dorothee Lang.

It’s included in the language/place blog carnival #7–assembled by Julia Davies:
“unwritten language / unnamed place”.

A larger version of the asemic images appear in life as a journey >  the direct link is here.

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The term ‘asemic’ is variously described as “post-literate”, “nonsensical”, “non-symbolic”. Like abstract art, asemic work promises viewers the opportunity to generate personal meanings from their own cultural and linguistic standpoints rather than having meanings imposed by writers and artists.

In keeping with the spirit of asemics, I won’t tell you the origin of the images. I certainly won’t reveal that the images began as photographs I took  inside the bathing complex that sits at atop the mineral-rich Hungarian Lake Hévíz–the largest thermal lake for swimming in Europe; the second largest in the world.

Something else I won’t reveal is the video below; that water in motion–a MicroMoment I captured on camera while standing inside the Hévíz Complex after a long afternoon of soaking:

Other things I promise to keep secret are the symbolic meanings in the title of the project. I won’t tell you the nonsensical three-part name carries the following interpretive content:

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oenisplx = the letters of the word ‘explosion’
[explosion of energy that leads to the elements]

igrnimeeg = the letters of the word ’emerging’
[life emerging, colors spilling into one another]

spnimirt = the letters of the word ‘imprints’
[dried out world, only imprints remaining]

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Other collaborations with Dorothee Lang include: Induction/Deduction,  The White Squares, POP UP Poptagon, and Dealing with Family and Friends.

Impermissible Occlusion > The #poems Daily

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 04/27/2011 at 15:35

No question about it: Web time moves quickly…

Just yesterday, my collaborative poem with Steve Wing was published in BluePrintReview. The piece is called Impermissible Occlusion. My blog post about it is here.

Then, just an hour ago, Steve and I exchanged thoughts about our collaboration over email.

Just moments after emailing Steve,  I opened today’s issue of The #poems Daily. Much to my surprise–and delight–I discovered that ‘Impermissible Occlusion’ is included in the #poetry section (about half way down).

One day here, another day there.

When it comes to the Web, things are everywhere …

Impermissible Occlusion > BPR #27

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 04/27/2011 at 00:50

On a cold spring day of clouds and rain, sun takes the form of a new publication–
a poetic collaboration with Floridian author and artist Steve Wing:
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Impermissible Occlusion
BluePrintReview #27:  The Synergetic Transformations Issue

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Instead of offering copious details about
our collaborative process, I’ll give just a hint:

East Coast Yoga, USA
+
West Coast Hot Springs, Canada
=  
Bi-Coastal North American Poem

To unlock the mathematical equation above, click this.

Here are the editor’s recollections on why she published ‘process notes’ in this issue:

Curiosity. It’s the first time that a whole issue of BluePrintReview is focusing on collaborations, and also is open re: format. It’s in some ways the counterpart to the usual issues. I just looked for the original call:

“The next issue of BluePrintReview is dedicated to collaborative works and has different guidelines: usually, the text + image on each page is coming from different submissions. For this issue, they come from one submission – with the submission itself coming from more than 1 person: please submit collaborative works that are combinations of text+image, and if you want, add a note on the process.”

 The issue itself was partly inspired by the collaborations in the previous issues (listed at the bottom of the “Re: Synergy” page ) With each of those, I wondered how it had come together. What had been the starting point – an image? A line? How had it all come together?” So I added the invite to send notes.

 — Dorothee Lang

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The entire issue is filled with synergy: collaborative words and images from a global cast of creators. In each case, process notes are included alongside the publication. Click on the names of individual contributors for their work(s) in collaboration:

Michelle ElvyWalter BjorkmanRobin SusantoKaryn EislerJónas KnútssonClaudia Grace
Ron Kostar
 (2)Mary DuffyPaddy BarryChristian Tuempling, Rose HunterSteve Wing (2)
Dorothee Lang
Marcus SpehCatherine DavisRoland GoityMary Alexandra AgnerPeg Duthie,
Daniela Elza (2) (3)Christi KramerCliff TisdellLynne ShapiroJeanne KrabbendamStacey Dye
Jean Brasseaur
Dianna StarkMichael K. WhiteJohn Sibley WilliamsStaci M. ColeKimy Martinez
Susan GibbCarianne Mack GarsideSteve ErsinghausAl RempelJoanna SmytheAbha IyengarGopal M.S.,
Judith McNallyRosemary LombardLynn AlexanderMichael SolenderFarfel Lombard,
Arlene Ang
Sam RasnakeCheryl Dodds

Tr(ash)/D(ash): PicFic

In About All Publications, About Word Works on 01/30/2011 at 07:03

Two companion picofictions now published in PicFic–the Folded Word Press Twitterzine.

They are referred to as  ‘companion’ stories because of this:
They are separately authored, yet collaboratively conceptualized and edited.

I wrote one, Dorothee Lang wrote one–they follow each other in either direction.

The links, here:

Dorothee Lang > D(ash)
Karyn Eisler > Tr(ash)

Dorothee’s virtual notes feature an excerpt from the invitation that sparked our words.

Other PicFic authors who’ve written about ‘ash’ include:
Simon KewinNathalie Boisard-BeudinS. Kay

(R)Evolution: Wheelhouse

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works on 09/18/2010 at 03:26

A burgeoning project on flowers and culture splits in two…

One half morphs into POP UP Poptagon–a collaboration with Dorothee Lang, published in Locus Novus last year. The other half starts with a query from Dorothee, who mails from Germany to my office in Vancouver.

“Shall we write some poems now?” she asks.

Words are crafted, then stored in a file. I travel to Calgary–work with designer Lawrence Eisler on illustrations to accompany the text. Meantime, back in Germany, Dorothee is curious about literary hypertext–she’s engaged in consultations with U.S. hypertext author Susan Gibb.

I eventually leave Calgary; return to Vancouver with a series of illustrated poems in hand. Dorothee–stoked about what she’s learned from Susan–writes, “Want to turn these poems into hypertext?”

“Why not?” I write back.

We craft more illustrations and poems, and, inevitably it’s more complex than that, but at the end of the day, here it is:

(R)Evolution: Wheelhouse Magazine
a hypercosmos by D. Lang + K. Eisler + L.  Eisler

Dorothee’s virtual notes on the process are here.

A review of (R)Evolution in Hypercompendia.

Note: He’s my brother, not my husband, if you’re wondering who Lawrence Eisler is.

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Wheelhouse Magazine is a publication of the Wheelhouse Arts Collective: “a collection of wayward artists, many of whom are progressive activists, labor unionists, and dilettantes, stuck inside the cramped confines of a seafaring vessel’s main cabin. Luckily…We know where we’re going: towards land, specifically a land where art is defetishized (not appreciated but wrestled with) and politics is a civic duty, where the New Yorker is not the arbiter of literary history (and no, it’s not necessarily Canada). We come from New York, Philadelphia, the Midwest, and abroad. We cling together in cyberspace and are bounded by the covers of our books.”

Induction/Deduction: Otoliths

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works on 05/01/2010 at 18:27

For me, this was a first — a three-person, three-country, digital collaboration:

Dorothee Lang, Germany + Karyn Eisler, Canada + Susan Gibb, USA

The result?

Two visual poems published in Issue #17 of Otoliths:
an Australian-based “magazine of many e-things”.

Here’s the direct link: Induction/Deduction

Funny how this came together:

Dorothee and I were in the midst of a two-person collaboration on a hypertext project (still in the works), e-mailing back-and-forth. Alongside discussions about the mechanics of the project itself, we also shared thoughts about our creative process; our decision-making methods; the different forms of reasoning involved. Dorothee suggested these discussions might serve as the foundation for yet another project. And this is where Susan — a hypertext whiz we’d been consulting with — came in.  From there, a three-way collaboration evolved.

Dorothee’s account of the process here. Susan’s account of the process here.

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An interesting note about Otoliths:

Founding editor, Mark Young, publishes each online issue in book form.
Otoliths #17–the issue in which these images appear–is available here.

And a question:

In your creative process, which form(s) of reasoning do you use?