Research-Creative Writing and New Media-Hazel Smith.

Notes on Creative Writing and New Media by Hazel Smith;

Notes from- 6th July 2016

Writing has always involved forms of technology, whether they be the pen, typewriter or computer

Growth of new media offers exciting possibilities for experimentation.

We can interweave text, sound and images and create environments in which readers transform the texts through their bodily movements.

New media is a very diverse and challenging field.

New media writing does not constitute a break with the literary tradition, it shows the influence of twentieth century experimental writing from the modernists to the postmodernists.

It can project alternative story lines.

New media writing is a development of approaches to writing which are algorithmic, they apply a set of rules to a particular writing task.

French group, Oulipo developed writing techniques which applied constraints.

The novelist Georges Perec set himself the task of writing a 300 page novel without the letter E (1969)

Sonic and visual art are strong.

Social networking, blogs and websites are important to artists.

Another influence is games. Some interactive fictions are designed so that a problem has to be solved to further a story or to progress to the next level of the text.

Hypertext novels are novels in which readers activate hyperlinks to open up alternative pathways through the narrative, producing a different text on each occasion.

Important trends – some of which are the text generation that is the use of computer games to compose text.

In the work: Between Page and Screen by Amaranth Borsk and Brad Bouse, readers open pages of a handmade book in front of a computer screen. The pages contain geometric shapes that trigger software which brings animations upon the screen.

Will it be possible for people with very little literary education to create work?

Rich and ambiguous.

Texts are disjunctive from each other.

Music is designed to give a strong emotional undertow.

Effective artworks occur when artists interact strongly with the medium in which they are working.

Writing presents the opportunity to engage simultaneously with language and with computer code as a way of shaping ideas.

A major consideration in any animation is how fast the words move.

Animation can redirect the way we read, reading speed limits, breaking left to right reading habits by scattering words on a page.

Letters, words, phrases or blocks of text can be rearranged, added or subtracted to continually generate new words, or arrangements of words.

A meditative approach to animation is where the sound, image and words unfold slowly and repetitively.

Interactivity within new media work usually serves a purpose.

Merging sounds to be edited later.

Creating interplay between sounds augments the capacities of language.

Whether a text and an image or a text and a sound are working together or against each other.

Words are presented as visual objects using different fonts, spacing and colour.



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