poetics of digital text - Poetologie digitaler Texte
This website documents a symposion which took place from September
27th to 30th, 2001 at the University of Erfurt. It was the second
"p0es1s"- symposium, the first was hosted by
the University of Kassel in 2000. "p0es1s"
has been created as a series. This second symposium took place
under participation of international guests and was being kindly
sponsored by the German Research Council, the University of Erfurt,
the Stiftung Brückner-Kühner and the literaturWERKstatt
The symposiums to the poetics of digital texts would like to
explore and discuss the specific performances and functions of
a literature, which is conceptualized or conceived particularly
for digital media. As a literature form, those in the field of
electronics between innovation (the changed conditions of digital
and intertwined writing as well as multimediality) and tradition
(resorting to the tradition of the literary avant-gardes) operate,
ask themselves even for scientific work the question about the
classification and handling of this literature in a media-theory
and literature-theory perspective.
On this website the participant's abstracts, biographies and
partly the full papers are available as well as video- (or audio-)samples
of the presentations and the discussions. To view the videos the
latest version of Real
Player One is needed - as well as a fast internet-connection
(at least DSL).
The documentation has been kindly supported by the University
of Erfurt and the Department
of Comparative Literary Studies/Media (Prof. Dr. Michael Giesecke).
Its purpose is to mirror especially the creative contribution
of every participant and the fruitful discussions which were the
core of this conference.
This website is still under construction - so please excuse some
still missing information.
The symposium pursued questions like:
How can digital literature be placed in the literature
system in regard to historical and synchronous aspects?
How do the specific character and media-theoretical
qualities present digital literature?
How they differ from conventional production methods, how
do differences appear?
How are the classical action roles of production,
distribution, reception and processing formed within the area
of poetic digitization?
Which aesthetic values can be determined - are orientations
from modern and postmodern trends valid or do unknown,
uncommon ways emerge?
The form of the symposium stresses the collective discussions
in relation to extended single lectures - most of the articles
were therefore first published on the Internet. A bilingual (German/English)
publication containing updated versions of most of the contributions
has recently appeard: Block, Friedrich W./Heibach, Christiane/Wenz,
p0es1s - Ästhetik digitaler Texte/Aesthetics of Digital Text,
We'd like to thank all participants for their engagement which
made this conference so special!
Friedrich W. Block, Christiane Heibach, Karin Wenz