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Aesthetics of Noise in Digital Poetry
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Planning and Media Design.
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2010 (English)In: Cybertext Yearbook, ISSN 1457-6899Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this essay, I analyze the phenomenon of digital poems represen-tative of the use of a visually “busy” and typographically dense aesthetic.1 As my primary examples I investigate three poetic works: Spawn by Andy Campbell, Diagram Series 6 by Jim Rosenberg, and Leaved Life by Anne Frances Wysocki. I argue that a dominant aesthetic technique of these works, which I propose to call “visual noise,” is generated by a tactilely responsive surface in combination with visual excess which requires an embodied engagement from the reader/user in order for a reading to take place.2 I focus on visual noise, excluding for the moment the common and widespread practice of sonic noise. Analyses of sound and practices of sonic noise in literary practice are an important twin to the analyses I offer here.

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University of Jyväskylä , 2010.
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Media and Communications Specific Languages General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-7566Local ID: diva2:835199
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2011-03-28 Last updated: 2016-09-08Bibliographically approved

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