Found through The Magnificent Melting Object.
posted by jbushnell (9 comments total)
Caveat: of the 185 pieces they have archived on this site, I've only looked at a few, and those gave me sort of mixed reactions. That said, anybody who has read Understanding Comics knows that the twentieth century marks the beginning of a massive cross-pollination between language and design (or between word and image, if you prefer) that shows all signs of proliferating even further in this new century. By imagining "unique forms of expression on the Web" and playing with "the lines between reader and artist, sound and word, motion and image," this site contributes to the generation of forms that will be increasingly relevant to our future, and the awkwardness of some of the pieces there may be just the awkwardness of a baby taking its early steps. (Notice the emphasis on "birth" that proliferates on their index page ("mother.html").)
"With the foundation of an international moving script, [poets] will renew their authority in the life of peoples, and find a role awaiting them in comparison to which all the innovative aspirations of rhetoric will reveal themselves as antiquated daydreams."
Walter Benjamin, 1928. (Emphasis mine.)posted by jbushnell at 9:37 AM on January 31, 2001
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