Codework: Phenomenology of an anti-genre

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‘Codework: Phenomenology of an anti-genre’ is concerned with the disciplinary, historical and genre positioning of the writing practice called codework. Looking at the work of Australian network artist Mez, and the obfuscated code practice of Carl Banks, this article asks: What are the critical conditions that allow codework to be defined as a literary genre? In many cases the term codework seems less a specific genre than a taxonomic convenience that allows for a literary historicization, or mythologization, of the form. Thinking outside of the literary, codework is presented here as a phenomenology of computer-based inscription rather than a genre of electronic literature or a specific writing practice.

Keywords: code; codework; digital poetics; genre; phenomenology

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jwcp.4.1.93_1

Affiliations: Blekinge Institute of Technology

Publication date: June 11, 2011

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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