Aesthetics of Noise in Digital Poetry

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Maria Engberg
Title: Aesthetics of Noise in Digital Poetry
Journal: CyberText Yearbook
Year: 2010
Pagination: 40 pages
ISSN: 1457-6899
Publisher: University of Jyväskylä
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Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Planning and Media Design (Sektionen för planering och mediedesign)
School of Planning and Media Design S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: 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.
Subject: The Humanities\English
Technoscience Studies\General
The Humanities\Comparative Literature