by Martyn Bedford and Andy Campbell, HTML5 http://labs.dreamingmethods.com/miriam/ – interactive short story in 4 parts!
Remixing is a folk art but the techniques are the same ones used at any level of creation: copy, transform, and combine. You could even say that everything is a remix.
The references: http://www.everythingisaremix.info/references/
Atwood also gets into the performative aspects of social media: “And if you think that what goes up on people’s blogs is really the full content of their lives, of course, you’re quite wrong. It’s what they’re doing in the spotlight. It’s their turn. And this spotlight they can shine it on themselves and they can go in there and sort of dance about and create a persona for themselves. Of course it’s not the whole story.”
THE WORLD IS A STAGE, RIGHT?
We’ve already seen how augmented reality is expanding the definition of art thanks to Tom’s roundup. Now Creative Time has commissioned a series of Twitter performances that expands the definition of performance art. These pieces, the first commissioned works of their kind, will explore the intersection of real places and in-person interactions with virtual spaces and digital conversations.
Says Tweet curator Shane Brennan, “One only has to look at the role of social media in organizing and documenting the popular revolutions that have swept across Northern Africa and the Middle East in recent months to see how [the physical and virtual] worlds are inextricably connected.” Brennan explains that this project is a first step in claiming this new virtual public space as a space for art.
On May 25, social media artist Man Bartlettwill begin his project #24hPort. He’ll spend 24 hours in the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan asking Twitter followers, “Where have you been?” and people in the Port Authority, “Where are you going?” These simple questions are meant to open up conversations, both virtual and in-person, about memory and geography.
Brennan explains in this video interview that Bartlett was intrigued by the parallels between the Port and the virtual world: both serve as a traffic hub and place for exchange, both are sometimes a complicated maze with dead ends. (To view and participate in the project, use the Twitter hashtag #24hPort and follow @manbartlett).
Read more: http://www.technologyinthearts.org/?p=1883
Another article on the same subject:
The public art organization commissioned three artists—Man Bartlett, David Horvitz and Jill Magid—to create artworks using the social networking tool Twitter from now until July. According to a press release, each will use the site “as both an artistic tool and a site for public performance.”
About the project:
Twitter has expanded the definition of public space, providing a rich environment where—140 characters at a time—revolutions are organized, the banalities of everyday life are shared, and artists create site-specific interventions. Creative Time Tweets, a series of three commissioned Twitter performances, explores Twitter as a viable place for art that engages audiences, promotes dialogue, and intersects with the physical world. Using Twitter as both an artistic tool and a site for public performance, Man Bartlett, David Horvitz, and Jill Magid will carry out projects in collaboration with their audiences that unfold as Twitter streams.
Two Ulysses enthusiasts, videogame designer Ian Bogost from the Georgia Institute of Technology and colleague Ian McCarthy, wanted to try to use the site in a “culturally interesting way” rather than just as a service that let users send 140-character messages, known as tweets.
They came up with idea of recreating a chapter from the classic book on Twitter.
They chose chapter 10, Wandering Rock, which is famous for showing the interlocking events of 19 characters walking through central Dublin doing their daily business.
Bogost and McCarthy registered 54 of the novel’s characters as Twitter users and adapted the chapter in a large series of 140-character or less first-person statements, using a specially created software to automate a performance.
On June 16 or “Bloomsday,” the day the action in the novel takes place in 1904, these characters all sent tweets about what they were doing at the correct fictional times.
Tweatre is an innovative new show that fuses one of the oldest forms of theatre with one of the newest forms of communication.
Presented by one of Sydney’s most experience independent companies, Ferknerkle Productions, Tweatre will use live tweets from the audience to form the basis of improvisations from the talented cast. The audience will see their ideas played out in front of them in real time.
Tweatre is a show that not only encourages mobile phones to be active during the performance, it demands it.
An article on something like that: http://lurkmoophy.twosacompany.org/twitter-theatre-tweatre
“Brevity is the Soul of Wit”
Twitter has taken the world by storm. It’s easy, fast, and convenient. It allows you to let anyone you want know what you are doing or thinking at any time.
Until recently the major criticism of Twitter was that ‘tweets’ tended to be of trivial import. It was discovered that the importance many people attach to their own ephemeral thoughts or actions greatly exceeds the common estimate.
Then came the election protests in Iran. For once, people used Twitter, along with Facebook and other sites, as a serious effort to effect social and political change.
Now, we at the World Mind Network would like to go a step further. We’d like to know if tweets can produce writing of lasting quality.
We have scanned the globe to find respected poetic forms which can be completed in fewer than 140 characters. We came up with the Limerick, Haiku, the Clerihew, Quintilla, the Than-Bauk, Sijo, Cinquain, and Kural.
We request that you try your hand at creating tweets which fit these formats. We are offering a prize for the best work. Details are at the bottom. We’ll add some of the entries to this site. (If you don’t want your poem included, or if you want your name withheld, tell us.)
First, we’ll describe each form. In most cases we’ll cite a traditional example, and then write a modern version, using as subject matter this very site itself.
Read more: http://twitlit.wetpaint.com/
NY Times article:
For two years, John Wray, the author of the well-regarded novel “Lowboy,” has beenspinning out a Twitter story based on a character named Citizen that he cut from the novel, a contemporary version of the serialization that Dickens and other fiction writers once enjoyed.
“I don’t view the constraints of the format as in any way necessarily precluding literary quality,” he said. “It’s just a different form. And it’s still early days, so people are still really trying to figure out how to communicate with it, beyond just reporting that their Cheerios are soggy.” (Mr. Wray’s breakfast-food posts are, at the very least, far funnier than the usual kind: “Citizen opened the book. Inside, he found the purpose of existence expressed logarithmically. From what he could tell, it involved toast.”)
The linguist Ben Zimmer said he thought the growing popularity of the service as a creative outlet could be ascribed to the same “impulse that goes into writing a sonnet, of accepting those kind of limits.” But he admitted that his favorite Twitter literature in recent weeks has not been exactly Shakespearean: the wildly profane and popular Twitter musings that purported to be by the Chicago mayor-elect, Rahm Emanuel, but whose real author was recently revealed to be the rock journalist Dan Sinker.
According to the authors:
Perhaps you once asked yourself, ‘What exactly is Hamlet trying to tell me? Why must he mince his words, muse in lyricism and, in short, whack about the shrub?’ No doubt such troubling questions would have been swiftly resolved were the Prince of Denmark a registered user on Twitter.com.
This, in essence, is Twitterature.
Alexander Aciman (left) and Emmett Rensin (right) are students at the University of Chicago. Alexander’s work has appeared in The New York Times and the New York Sun. He would like to be a writer, own a pair of John Lobb shoes, and live out his days reading and writing with his brothers in the Mediterranean basin. While Emmett’s dream is to be a sea captain, he has settled on a mastery of card magic and shaggy-dog jokes, and penning the Great American Novel. They are both nineteen years old.
More info: http://www.twitterature.us/us/index.htm
More about twitterature:
Marshall McLuhan once famously said, “the future of the book is the blurb”. With fiction now being produced on micro-blogging platforms, such as Twitter, was McLuhan right? We talk to one writer who has been using social media tools to create fiction and look at the impact these tools have had on his writing and the distribution of his work.
Read more here: http://socialmediatrader.com/twitter-literature/