John Zuern on Separation/Séparation in his review Where Are We Now?: Orienteering in the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2 for the Electronic Book Review (2011-11-09 ).
“The very first piece in the lineup, Annie Abrahams’ Flash poem “Separation/Séparation,” strikingly emphasizes both the bodily and geographic dimensions of literary creation and reception. Inspired by the author’s experience of repetitive-strain injury, the poem is designed to reinforce ergonomic guidelines aimed at preventing such injuries. Clicking too quickly or forcefully invokes the error message, “You don’t have the right attitude in front of your computer,” and the poem periodically pauses to lead the reader through stress-reduction exercises. While the central focus of Abrahams’ piece is the computer user’s fraught relationship with the machine, by providing English and French versions of the work, Abrahams, a Dutch artist working in France, also underscores the powerful but often under-recognized role of a language – “native,” “national,” “other,” “foreign” – in situating us in relation to whatever we read, even when that situation amounts to a separation due to our inability to comprehend. As do many of the texts in Volume 2, “Separation/Séparation” encodes the coordinates of its creation in the form of the different human languages it engages.”
Filed under: Articles / Texts, Net art, Electronic Book Review, Electronic Literature Collection, John Zuern, Séparation
December 16, 2011 • 7:20 pm
1 December 2011
“…Other works aim to draw attention to that greater ‘link’ back to the body operating the computer. Some of the works seem to understand the computer (a laptop or a desktop) as a kind of furniture, one we may have become too comfortable with. After clicking impatiently several times to get the next word of a poem revealed in this way, Annie Abraham’s English/French work separation/séparation informs, alternatively, ‘Vous n’avez pas le bonne attitude devant l’ordinateur’ / ‘You do not have the right attitude in front of your computer.’ I am instructed to do an exercise demonstrated on the screen, ‘Open your eyes as wide as possible and lift your eyebrows for five seconds’; a bar appears on the screen indicating the elapsed and remaining time. A bit later, another punishment/exercise requires standing up, and as I am doing so I notice a large orange painting on the wall of the room I am in. I had registered it before, but realise then that I had never looked at it for any length of time. The composer Edgar Varèse once said that the greatest pleasure the radio gave was turning it off. The same could be said of electronic literature and clicking Shut Down…”
Filed under: Articles / Texts, Cordite Poetry Review, Séparation, Tim Wright
February 12, 2011 • 2:25 pm
Separation / Séparation (2002) included in
The Electronic Literature Collection Volume Two.
“The game and dialogue among artist, machine, and reader facilitates a general reflection on the role of the body in processes of reading and writing.”
February 2011, College Park, Maryland: Electronic Literature Organization
Editors : Laura Borràs, Talan Memmott, Rita Raley and Brian Kim Stefans
The Electronic Literature Collection Volume Two has been published (with identical contents) on the web and on DVD-ROM. This dual publication is intended to allow the volume to reach the broadest audience possible and to provide for reading, classroom use, sharing, and reference on and off the network. Anyone can request a free DVD-ROM from: Electronic Literature Organization / Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) / B0131 McKeldin Library / University of Maryland / College Park, MD 20742.
Filed under: Net art, Electronic Literature Collection, ELO, Séparation
Écritures numériques : Etats
lundi 14 juin 2010 / 18:30 – 23:00
6 Villa Marcel Lods Paris 19° M° Belleville
Le Marché de la poésie et le Bipval se sont associés pour, dans le cadre des périphéries du marché de la poésie, présenter quatre créateurs qui ont su s’emparer de l’informatique pour proposer de nouvelles approches d’écriture.
Avec Jean-Pierre Balpe, directeur du Bipval, les artistes Philippe Boisnard, Emmanuel Rabu et Annie Abrahams.
Mise en action, performance de Séparation
Support de présence : http://bram.org/textdynamics/lemotif.htm
Filed under: Event, Bipval, Français, Jean-Pierre Balpe, Le Marché de la poésie, le MOTif, Séparation