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The Silent Screen

By Andrew Klobucar

In consideration of the many intrinsically visual, or perhaps we should simply say “non-verbal,” aspects of the written word, it shouldn’t seem too surprising that we are now on the verge of surrendering both the object and concept of the page for the screen. As a medium, the screen renders language in ways that speech cannot even begin to replicate, formally denying one of the most important aspects of literary value we tend to attribute to “important” works of written prose: a natural mimicry of the voice in the process of telling a good story. While clever experiments in fiction and poetics have long questioned and taken to task this particular conceit – that the book is talking to us, enduring works of accepted literary mastery hold fast to techniques and ideas capable of advancing a general respect for the author’s voice speaking through characters and complex narrative overlays to a passive, but willing audience.

A recent experiment in electronic literature shows well how strong this concept holds even among supposedly progressive, revisionary writers in contemporary Anglo-American poetry. Some weeks ago, the writers Stephen McLaughlin and Jim Carpenter, best known for their digital works, “Erica T. Carter” and “The Prosthetic Imagination,” released their collaborative project “Issue 1,” a massive tome (in PDF) that purports to collect together over 4000 worthy works by still worthier poets. A quick glance at the table of contents even shows a number of Vancouver writers to be important contributors to this literary event.

A slower, more nuanced glance, however, will likely demonstrate that not any of the works were actually written by their supposed authors; rather they were generated by software and prepared by the editors as a kind of facsimile of a print journal, all formal elements firmly intact. So what do we have here? The electronic mark-up of a journal in progress? A practical joke? A commentary on the journal itself as a fictional structure to be conceived and written like any other literary work? The votes are still being counted as far as how best to interpret or assess this work, yet, one might note here that, for many writers hailed by the event as official contributors revealing new (and in some cases like William Shakespeare), long awaited poetic creations, the project amounted to nothing less than a kind of literary libel. These authors immediately demanded of the editors a formal “cease and desist,” instructing them to either remove their contributions and good names, or face charges of copyright infringement. To see such an event as a marked threat to so many authors, questioning their respective authenticities as unique voices linked to unique selves, I feel, is proof enough that the screen is capable of challenging even the most progressive views of what is and what isn’t sacred to literary production.

It took centuries in the literary arts to devise commonly agreed upon methods for assessing and interpreting the printed page as an art form, so it may take decades still before a similar canon of established responses and ideas take shape with respect to electronic literature. One important step that needs to be taken, perhaps, is to find a way to establish a new idea of the story-teller as subject, one capable of weaning the structure (if that is in deed what it merely is) from the oral quality of communication in favour of focusing on what it means to communicate visually.

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CNET Film Series Feb 27th

The Art of Seduction – Films for Cell Phones

The February film screening of a series of “mobisodes” was well attended by a patient audience who made it through a few technical difficulties in advance our Film Centre “Girl Friday” – Jodi Mackenzie – coming to the rescue. What followed was a dynamic and interesting discussion led by Capilano faculty Michael Thoma (Film Centre) and Andrew Klobucar (English). See below for a sample of the cell phone films that were screened at Wednesday’s event.

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Finishing Up February

1. CNET Film Series – Wed, Feb 27th
The Spring 2008 Film Series features an exciting array of student screenings, faculty speakers and guest speakers. This term students and faculty from CultureNet and the Capilano Film Centre will be collaborating at our three noon hour events. The screenings + talkback sessions begin at 12:30 p.m. and run for 50 minutes.

This Wednesday explores “The Art of Seduction – Films for Cell Phones”. Jim Wallace (Film Centre) and Andrew Klobucar (English/CultureNet) will be screening and talking about the art and science of making short short films for delivery on mobile phones. Bring your phone – you won’t be asked to turn it off!

2. CultureNet Program Infomation Night – Thurs, Feb 28th

Explore Capilano + CultureNet Learn. Discover. Explore Capilano.

Join us for our next program information night and visit our beautiful North Vancouver campus.

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
7:00 – 8:00p.m.
Capilano College, North Vancouver campus
Library 194

For more information contact Aurelea Mahood. Phone 604.986.1911 ext 2290 or email amahood@capcollege.bc.ca
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Finishing Up February

Three Events on Deck

1. CNET Film Series – Wed, Feb 27th

The Spring 2008 Film Series features an exciting array of student screenings, faculty speakers and guest speakers. This term students and faculty from CultureNet and the Capilano Film Centre will be collaborating at our three noon hour events. The screenings + talkback sessions begin at 12:30 p.m. and run for 50 minutes.

This Wednesday explores “The Art of Seduction – Films for Cell Phones”. Jim Wallace (Film Centre) and Andrew Klobucar (English/CultureNet) will be screening and talking about the art and science of making short short films for delivery on mobile phones. Bring your phones – you won’t be asked to turn it off!

2. CultureNet Program Infomation Night – Thurs, Feb 28th

Explore Capilano + CultureNet Learn. Discover. Explore Capilano.

Join us for our next program information night and visit our beautiful North Vancouver campus.

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
7:00 – 8:00p.m.
Capilano College, North Vancouver campus
Library 194

For more information contact Aurelea Mahood. Phone 604.986.1911 ext 2290 or email amahood@capcollege.bc.ca

3. Upcoming CultureNet Friday Seminars

The Friday seminars take place in Birch 125 across from the bookstore. The talks begin between 11:00 and 11:30am. Please see specific day for the correct time.

Friday, February 29th – IDEA Students: Design + Community – 11:30am
Friday, March 7th – Community Access Program – 11:00am
Friday, March 14th – Dr. Sharla Sava on the Visual Arts/Flickr/Social Networking – 11:00am
Friday, March 28th – TBA

All members of the college community and public are welcome to join us. Please contact Aurelea Mahood for more information. Phone 604.986.1911 ext 2290 or email amahood@capcollege.bc.ca

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CultureNet Speaker Series

Playing with the GTR Language Workbench

Dr. Andrew Klobucar is presenting a hands-on GTR Language Workbench talk on Friday, November 2nd in the Writing Centre computer lab (Fir building, room 404) at 11:00am.

The Language Workbench – which can accessed in the Capilano College Writing Centre Computer Lab – is the product of a collaboration between Andrew and computer programmer David Ayre. The tool is a digital studio for language which allows for any number of literary and aesthetic modifications to texts, similar to the way current graphic design software like Photoshop and audio software like Sound Forge permit artists to create, modify and combine different visual and sound pieces.

All are welcome – simply arrive at the Writing Centre ready to play!

Time: 11:00am
Date: Friday, November 2nd
Location: Writing Centre Computer Lab (Fir building room, 404)

Upcoming speakers include Maureen Witney (Capilano College librarian), Kate Armstrong (Vancouver-based artist, critic and writer) and Michael Tippett (found of NowPublic) – announcements with dates and times forthcoming.


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Artifice & Intelligence

What do CultureNet faculty have to say about Artifice and Intelligence?

Come find out at the Thursday, May 17th launch party and reception for TCR 2.50 “Artifice & Intelligence” guest edited by Andrew Klobucar (faculty).

Food, drinks, DJ at 7:30pm

Panel discussion at 8:00pm

Panel discussion on Technology and Aesthetics features Jim Andrews, Kate Armstrong, David Jhave, Laura Marks, Sandra Seekins (faculty) and Darren Wershler-Henry.

Where?

Intersections Digital Studios
Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design
1399 Johnstone Street, Granville Island

This event is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Capilano College, The Capilano Review, Upgrade!Vancouver and Emily Carr Institute for Art and Design.

Darren Wershler-Henry appears courtesy of Capilano College’s Open Text reading series.

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Talkin’ it up

CultureNet Program Information Night

TONIGHTWednesday (January 31st) at 7pm – we are hosting the first of three CultureNet program information nights at the North Vancouver campus of Capilano College. To learn more about CultureNet come to the Library building, room 195 for 7pm.

Guest speaker: Andrew Klobucar, PhD – an instructor in the Department of English and writer/artist working exclusively in digital media (GTR Labs).

Andrew will be talking about computing + literature and previewing how – and why – English courses will play a key role in the CultureNet core curriculum.

Andrew’s talk will be followed by an informal discussion and an overview of the program presented by Aurelea Mahood – one of the lead developers behind the launch of CultureNet.

For more information, please email culturenet@capcollege.bc.ca or call 604.986.1911 ext 3460

Look forward to seeing you there!

- Aurelea + Andrew

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