Slash & Burn: The Poetics of Remediation (Creative)


Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing / Cultural Studies and Media Studies

Rachel Stempel (SUNY Binghamton University)

Hannah Carr-Murphy (SUNY Binghamton University)

In Remediation: Understanding New Media (1998), Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin offer a framework for creative and critical engagement with the digital turn, situating it within a long and rich tradition dating back to Ancient Greece. Bolter and Grusin argue that new media does “exactly what their predecessors have done: presenting themselves as refashioned and improved versions of other media.” From computational narratology and predictive text to erasure and found poetry, intention exists behind all output, and how we grapple with intention and its manufacturing by man or machine illuminates how we grapple with the shifting epistemological and skeptical concerns of the Internet Age. “Slash & Burn: The Poetics of Remediation” seeks to interrogate contemporary creative works through the lens of mimetic theory, positing a text as a plane of confrontation between past, present, and future, between artist and audience. “Slash & Burn” examines how creatives make new from old in immediate and hypermediate ways, challenging the discomfort underlying Cartesian selfhood that insists on a separation between “I” and “other.” How is this separation in contention with community, creative or otherwise? How does the Internet Age contend with traditional understandings of community? Can embracing the inherent collaboration behind production “slash and burn” our way to a new connective poesis?

This panel invites text-based or multi-media submissions of creative works that contend with the skeptical and epistemological concerns of the digital turn in content and/or process.