'The Caravan': Thresholds and fault lines in digital space

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Digital poetry can foreground and explore the inherently unstable nature of poetic composition and the protean, and often unruly forms, of new media poetry. Rosemary Huisman lists the components of such poetry as ‘a new syntax made of linear and non-linear animation, hyperlinks, interactivity, real-time text generation, spatiotemporal discontinuities, self-similarity, synthetic spaces, immateriality, diagrammatic relations, visual tempo [and] multiple simultaneities’ (1999: 160). This practice-led paper explores how a traditional poem on the page may be translated into such a ‘new syntax’, and the kinds of things that happen to the work when this occurs. In this practice-led research project, Jordan Williams has taken a ‘finished’ poem by Paul Hetherington, ‘The Caravan’ and has created two versions: one disassembles and re-inflects it as a digital work which uses several of the components Huisman lists; the other leaves the poem virtually intact and plays only with visual time, visual line, and visual rhythm. This has produced digital works that read differently from the original, but also differently from each other. They each bear a different relationship to the original poem and analysing these differences speaks to the challenge of extending the language of poetics to digital forms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Minding The Gap: Writing Across Thresholds And Fault Lines Papers : The Refereed Proceedings Of The 19th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs
EditorsGail Pittaway, Alex Lodge, Lisa Smithies
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherThe Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
Pages1-20
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)978098075757385
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventMinding the Gap -Writing across thresholds and fault lines: 19th Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference, AAWP 2014 - Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 30 Nov 20142 Dec 2014
http://www.aawp.org.au/annual-conference/19th-annual-conference/

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ConferenceMinding the Gap -Writing across thresholds and fault lines
Abbreviated titleAAWP2014
CountryNew Zealand
CityWellington
Period30/11/142/12/14
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WILLIAMS, J., & HETHERINGTON, P. (2014). 'The Caravan': Thresholds and fault lines in digital space. In G. Pittaway, A. Lodge, & L. Smithies (Eds.), The Minding The Gap: Writing Across Thresholds And Fault Lines Papers : The Refereed Proceedings Of The 19th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs (pp. 1-20). Australia: The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP).
WILLIAMS, Jordan ; HETHERINGTON, Paul. / 'The Caravan': Thresholds and fault lines in digital space. The Minding The Gap: Writing Across Thresholds And Fault Lines Papers : The Refereed Proceedings Of The 19th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs. editor / Gail Pittaway ; Alex Lodge ; Lisa Smithies. Australia : The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), 2014. pp. 1-20
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WILLIAMS, J & HETHERINGTON, P 2014, 'The Caravan': Thresholds and fault lines in digital space. in G Pittaway, A Lodge & L Smithies (eds), The Minding The Gap: Writing Across Thresholds And Fault Lines Papers : The Refereed Proceedings Of The 19th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs. The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), Australia, pp. 1-20, Minding the Gap -Writing across thresholds and fault lines, Wellington, New Zealand, 30/11/14.

'The Caravan': Thresholds and fault lines in digital space. / WILLIAMS, Jordan; HETHERINGTON, Paul.

The Minding The Gap: Writing Across Thresholds And Fault Lines Papers : The Refereed Proceedings Of The 19th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs. ed. / Gail Pittaway; Alex Lodge; Lisa Smithies. Australia : The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), 2014. p. 1-20.

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WILLIAMS J, HETHERINGTON P. 'The Caravan': Thresholds and fault lines in digital space. In Pittaway G, Lodge A, Smithies L, editors, The Minding The Gap: Writing Across Thresholds And Fault Lines Papers : The Refereed Proceedings Of The 19th Conference Of The Australasian Association Of Writing Programs. Australia: The Australiasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP). 2014. p. 1-20