Category Archives: CSN

The Extreme Contemporary

Two weeks ago I helped organize “The Extreme Contemporary,” a conference put on by the Center for the Study of the Novel. We had some excellent speakers and some very interesting discussions. I’m hoping to get podcasts of some of the talks up in the near future, but for now you can learn more on the event page.

One of my favorite talks was Alan Liu’s analysis of The Agrippa Project, an early new media “art book” that attempted to embody the ephemerality of digital production. Highlights included fading ink, DNA encoding and a diskette with a self-encrypting poem by William Gibson. He pointed us to a scholarly site that attempts to recapture some of the work’s original glory.