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2008 May archive | Tributaries & Text-Fed Streams

“We’ve always typed.” So writes the Toronto Research Group, a collective pseudonym for the Canadian poets bpNichol and Steve McCaffery, in their aspect as investigators into the mechanics of the more abstruse corners of experimental narrative. The description that they provide of their writing process is illuminating in a number of respects, so I’m going […]

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In his introductory essay to TCR 2-50, guest editor Andrew Klobucar writes: “Given the arguments presented throughout this issue, the reader will no doubt agree that new information technologies, along with the variety of formats they inspire, have indeed prompted a “crisis” in writing, in the sense that such developments must invoke a formative and […]

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Bring me your tired, your poor, your broken VCR’s.
A laying on of hands, healing twisted cables, the clocks
that won’t stop flashing …
Nancy Paterson, VCR Story, TCR 250, 2007.
At home I used to have a very intelligent VCR with near-perfect voice recognition and knowledge or me. I could ask it to record programs by name […]

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“There was a flipping sound every thirty seconds from the vcr as it was continually trying to eject a videocassette which was not, in fact, in the machine. Through some glitch of artificial unintelligence the malfunctioning vcr kept trying to eject nothing for days. The tuner part of the unit was working fine so it […]

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There was a flipping sound every thirty seconds from the vcr as it was continually
trying to eject a videocassette which was not, in fact, in the machine. Through some glitch
of artificial unintelligence the malfunctioning vcr kept trying
to eject nothing for days. The tuner part of the unit was working fine
so it remained in place, trying […]

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Nancy Paterson is a Toronto-based electronic media artist working primarily in the field of interactive installations. Currently an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art & Design she is also Facilities Coordinator at Charles Street Video, an artists media access centre in Toronto. Patterson has developed a course, “Creativity and New Media,” in which […]

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I wonder how many people remember the Church of the Subgenius. It was around the time that the wave that crashed with The Industry Standard was just starting to form with Mondo 2000 that I coincidentally began to hear less and less about the Church, a mock religion that at once lampooned institutionalized salvation and […]

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Since the industrial revolution we have struggled to reconcile the now twined notions of progress and obsolescence. Consider Rilke’s 18th Sonnet to Orpheus, written in 1922:
Do you hear the New, Master,
droning and throbbing?
Its prophesying promoters
are advancing.
No hearing’s truly keen
in all this noise;
still, now each machine
part wills its praise.
See, the Machine:
how it spins and […]

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In the early 1990s, in San Francisco, where I was living at the time, the characteristically cold, fog-drenched air was laced with an outpouring of fin de siècle technopagan optimism. Oh, how the internet will open up new liberating avenues of communication! Fast-forward a few years, to the late 1990s – said “communication” is finally […]

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