We invited you to the meeting with Michael Joyce, Zuzana Husárová and L’ubomír Panák, new media artists who visited Wroclaw in April to participate in the Literary Margins and Digital Media conference, organised by Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub Wrocław and the Faculty of Philology, Wrocław University.
15th of April 2015, Wednesday, 18:00-19:30
Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Strzegomski Square 2a, Wrocław
Host: Mariusz Pisarski
The language of the meeting: English (no translation)
Michael Joyce and Zuzana Husárová are authors of different generations, different cultures and aesthetics, and yet there is a strong common trait in the works of both of them: it is based on revealing the archetypes of literary communication in a hybrid, post-medial landscape of genres and communicative roles. Both authors started their adventure with new media in a classic, remediating gesture, where the traits of one medium— a relevant stability of words and unidirectional, authorial message— strongly influence the digital outcome. Yet soon, as it turns out, being a writer in new media forces one to depart from the notion of the word as a single carrier of artistic expression. The word becomes something more: an expression in the original meaning of the term, a unit of discourse which can contain movement, image, sound and interaction within the programmable framework agreement of situating the body in the centre of it.
The meeting with Michael Joyce and Zuzana Husárová attempted to outline the history of relations between literature and new media, to ask questions about the future, and to define „marginality” and the very position between the centre and its surroundings.
Michael Joyce (the USA) is the author of the first hypertext novel, afternoon. a story (1987), translated into Polish by Radosław Nowakowski and Mariusz Pisarski, and published by Ha!art corporation. Joyce is the icon of electronic literature, yet every now and again he returns to traditional novels. During the meeting he talked about his most recent book, Foucault, in Winter, in the Linnaeus Garden (2015).
Zuzana Husárová and L’ubomír Panák, a duet of artists from Slovakia, have cooperated with each other for many years working on the realization of artistic projects with the use of digital technology. In the podcast related to the LMDM conference, the artists are discussing the poetic aspect of new media. At the meeting in Wrocław Contemporary Museum, the artists presented one of their digital-poetic performances.