Will Internets Eat Brain?

Wylde, Gillian (2017) Will Internets Eat Brain? Journal for Writing in Creative Practice, 10 (1). pp. 137-158. ISSN 17535190

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Abstract / Summary

‘Will Internets eat brain?’ is developed from text in some of my recent video installations, performances and writing projects. The writing explores processes of performative assemblage(s) highlighting activities of accumulation, fragmentation and arrangement, together with everyday interactions between body, technology and the Internet. The text appropriates information retrieval and Internet searches taking the form of a series of cut ups and punctured narratives, SMS language/textese and netspeak. It is experimental, situated both within and against various discourses and protocols and established codes. A virus or infective agent, the writing takes up queer practices of dis-identification; the act of rejecting dominant and pervasive ideologies as a strategy to explore and disrupt entrenched power structures of language, image and words. It is stark, it frustrates, drawing to attention non-linearity, multiplicity-ness and nowotony. An algorithmic tone or voice runs throughout the text. Any singular discursive argument scrambles, lacks concentration or is faulty. ‘Will Internets eat brain?’ was commissioned by MAP Magazine, Glasgow, and presented for Glasgow Film Festival 2017. Earlier versions appeared at ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Art, Hong Kong and Arnolfini, Bristol.

Keywords: Internets; arting; code; hot-wiring; metadata; queering

This issue of the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, published by Intellect, focuses on the field and form of art writing.

Art Writing, Paraliterature and Intrepid Forms of Practice is edited by Susannah Thompson and Laura Edbrook and features creative-critical contributions from Katrina Palmer, Laurence Figgis, Gillian Wylde, Joanne Tatham, Lindsay Seers, Elizabeth Reeder, Amanda Thomson, Laura Edbrook and Susannah Thompson.

This special issue represents a multiplicity of attitudes and breadth of approaches by practitioners all working within or in close proximity to visual art. As a collection, they exemplify the mutability of ‘writing in creative practice’ as it exists in relation to art and the art world. The speculative, performative and material forms of writing here evidence the deployment of wilfully undisciplined and de-instrumentalised practices of contemporary criticism and alternative academic ecologies.

Published in January 2018, the launch will present readings, performances and presentations from contributors.

Journal Launch: Art Writing, Paraliterature & Intrepid Forms of Practice
Thursday 22nd November 2018, 6-7.30pm, CCA, Glasgow (CCA Cinema).

Peer reviewed. Each contributor was asked to peer review one or two articles and provide comments. The process is supposed to be ‘blind’ (i.e. anonymous) peer review so, although you may be able to identify the author of your paper, wherever possible (unless integral to the text) we have removed names and biographical details to conform with Intellect’s guidelines.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1386/jwcp.10.1.137_1
Uncontrolled Keywords: internets; hot-wiring; queeering; arting; metadata; code
ISSN: 17535190
Subjects: Writing & Journalism > Creative Writing
Technology > Digital Works
Public Exhibition
Writing & Journalism
Courses by Department: The Falmouth School of Art > Fine Art
Depositing User: Gillian Wylde
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 14:01
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 10:07
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/3545


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