Conceptual Coda / Darren Wershler

the tapeworm foundry as (mal)content

In this plateau, I would like to characterize the tapeworm foundry as “(mal)content,” a more or less throwaway term that Wershler uses in his exchange on the poetry website, Circulars, with fellow poet and digital humanist Brian Kim Stefans for the anthology New Media Poetics: Contexts, Technotexts, and Theories. Before I get into what exactly … Continue reading

Conceptual Coda / Vanessa Place

Get Traumatized: Reading Statement of Facts as Binge-Watching Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

As with my second plateau on Goldsmith, I am interested in the ways that the reader of Statement of Facts is made less free in the process of his or her reading. Obviously, this argument is a controversial one; after all, conceptualism is predicated on the lack of intention on the part of the author, … Continue reading

Conceptual Coda / Kenneth Goldsmith

The Wizard of Soliloquy: Affect and the Digital Conceptual Text

In Uncreative Writing, Goldsmith cites Marjorie Perloff’s idea in Unoriginal Genius that an updated concept of literary genius would account for “one’s mastery of information and its dissemination” (1), and would thus have nothing to do with the dissemination or transport of affect, emotion, or feeling. In many ways, Goldsmith’s numerous poetic projects carried out … Continue reading