MEME CULTURE, ALIENATION CAPITAL, AND GESTIC PLAY IN RHIZOMES
The latest issue of RHIZOMES: CULTURAL STUDIES IN EMERGING KNOWLEDGE, edited by UAC fakulty Talan Memmott and Davin Heckman was generated out of the UnderAcademy seminar on meme cultures.
Rhizomes 32: Meme Culture, Alienation Capital, and Gestic Play
TWO NEW BOOKS FROM UNDERACADEMY / FREE DOGMA PRESS
APOTROLEMENA by Erik Zepka
Generator meets poster, computation meets participatory performance, Zepka’s work is an exploration of writing in the wake of technoscientific excess.
WHAT REMAINS by Jeremy Hight
War of the World without aliens; Back to the Future with no time machine; Blade Runner without Replicants; Jurassic Park with no dinosaurs; The Matrix without computers; 2001 with no spacecraft; Robocop with no cybernetics; The Fly without teleportation, these are the stories of WHAT REMAINS.
UNDERACADEMY FAKULTY, CHRISTOPHER FUNKHOUSER AND SONNY RAE TEMPEST DEBUT CODE OPERA
Funkhouser and Tempest’s “code opera” Shy nag, in which a libretto, a musical score, and “scenery” are produced with the hexadecimal code of the same .jpg image was performed by the NJIT/Rutgers-Newark Theatre Department on February 5, 2015.
THREE NEW BOOKS FROM UNDERACADEMY / FREE DOGMA PRESS
MY MOLLY [DEPARTED) by Talan Memmott
From one angle, My Molly (Departed) represents a performance whose protagonist is nomadic language itself. From another, it represents the circus of a short-circuited mind in motion (call it the Broken Author Function, Botched Literary History, the effects of a computer virus of text generator) shot through with loss, energetic fluster, and, by its very exhilirated being-in-the-world, pure plain thrill.
– Lance Olsen, author of Theories of Forgetting
Reading Talan Memmott’s Molly is like listening to a vinyl record of the Western literary unconscious, of indecent solo longings brutalized into words, skipping on a tiny grain of dust, and the dust is the evidence of shared longings, and that is indecent too. Everything is fucked up, and it’s almost beautiful.
– Anna Joy Springer author of The Vicious Red Relic, Love
PRESSAGAIN by Christopher Funkhouser
Creating this graphical poem I employ and visually reflect elements of an alphabetic textual expansion method practiced by Jackson Mac Low and others. The process further involves remediating, or transcreating across media, as work created for digital projection now becomes a book. This authorial distortion encodes commentary through underlining(s) and marginalia, as something unexpected becomes of a pre-existing text as it migrates across and between expressive frontiers. Readers receive two (or more) poems in one: the appropriated, altered visual poem(s), as well as a sub-textual narrative that accumulates as a result of alphabetic arrangement: words are potentially embedded, letter-by-letter through the first letters in each of the underlined words.
FAMICOMMUNIST POETICS by Sonny Rae Tempest
Sonny Rae Tempest summons the airy spirit of big-pixel gaming in Famicommunist Poetics, embedding 8-bit graphics in typewriter concrete and finding other novel relationships between poetry and gaming. What’s more, the whole project is presented in phile format, written in an instructional and poetic manner, like an old-school textfile tutorial. While others are satisfied to write their memoir poems about the videogames of yore, Tempest dares to do more: To actually cross the streams.
– Nick Montfort, poet, author of interactive fiction, and Associate Professor of Digital Media at MIT
In order for students to survive, a global downsizing shift, to be good workers set adrift in the transatlantic turmoil of divested capital, they must first be properly acculturated in de-institutionalization. This course promises to teach students to unlearn previous programming and formal lessons (sorry, mum & dad, for the money invested…) and refresh what we learned at recess, in the lavatories, in the streets, between classes, in the bar, in the un-programmed procrastinated time of the academic day. Get ready to vandalize the classroom wall of exemplary homework à la Banksy. At the same time, you will learn the hard lessons in economics, art, school protocol, sex without suffering the poverty, emotional isolation, or STDs (respectively) that typically come with those lessons. In all, the value of public education!
UNDERACADEMY FAKULTY, SANDY FLORIAN INTERVIEWED IN ALTDAILY
NEW BOOK FROM UNDERACADEMY COLLEGE / FREE DOGMA PRESS!!!
Check out this new release!!! Jack Waxing / JamJoy Dub — two very, very short novels by Talan Memmott.
From the borrowed, concatenated, meshed, algorithmic, perhaps mesostic, diastic, removed, recombined and rethought: the personal, anguished, acrobatic, beautiful, and intimate. Jack, continue!– Maria Engberg
Jack Waxing bleeds syllables like the hot jism of a sperm whale come freshly harpooned in the frigid waters of the midwinter Baltic Sea in the midst of its last long night’s nautical wet dream. Are we, all of us, homeless, in the end, blank of hearts, alone, at last, at sea? — Scott Rettberg
UNDERACADEMY FAKULTY SONNY RAE TEMPEST INTERVIEWED
“Code is just a language I use to express a thing that English has no word for.” Read about UnderAcademy graduate and current Fakulty member Sonny Rae Tempest’s digressions through poetry, code, cross stitch, nuclear engineering and more, as interviewed by Fakulty colleague Maria Damon on ASK/TELL.
UNDERACADEMY FAKULTY JEFF T. JOHNSON NAMED FINALIST
UnderAcademy Fakulty member Jeff T. Johnson’s poetry manuscript The Foehn, or Fern has been named a finalist in the Subito Press Poetry Book Contest
UNDERACADEMY MAKES THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
The Chronicle of Higher Education’s WIRED CAMPUS Blog features an article of UnderAcademy College.
SUMMER SEMINAR ARCHIVE
An archive of the UnderAcademy College Summer Seminar on Grammar Porn is online. The archive includes student works, the seminar syllabus, and a list of exercises.
NEW BOOK FROM UNDERACADEMY COLLEGE / FREE DOGMA PRESS!!!
Check out the new release!!! THE CONFISUON MISREADER!!! A collection of writing and wondering from students in the CONFISUON: LOST IN LANGUAGE, A TAUTOLOGY with Digressor Jeff T. Johnson. The course was offered in Cycle 2.
UNDERACADEMY COLLEGE “GRAMMAR PORN” SUMMER SEMINAR ADMISSIONS
Visiting Crescit Caput Mark Marino will be teaching a summer seminar July 20-Aug 3, 2012.
In this course, students will put the langue back in language, exploring the libidinal qualities of grammatical intercourse. Punctuated by ecstatic exclamations. Sessions will lead participants down the lurid garden path sentences into the zones of desire and declension.
The course in now over and was grand success!
UnderAcademy College welcomes Sonny Rae Tempest and Sandy Florian to its expanding Fakulty
UNDERACADEMY AT ELO
UnderAcademy College Fakulty (Talan Memmott, Maria Damon, Claire Donato, Christopher Funkhouser, Jeff T. Johnson, Eric Snodgrass, Alan Sondheim, Carolyn Guertin) will participate in a panel titled Alternative Avenues in Digital Poetics and Electronic Post-Literary Studies at the upcoming Electronic Literature Organization Conference. The panel will present an overview of UnderAcademy’s curricular and pedagogical philosophy, presentations on courses and coursework, and a roundtable concerned with experimental education models for the 21st Century.
In addition, UnderAcademy will honor its first (in)Valedictorian – Sonny Rae Tempest.
NEW BOOKS FROM UNDERACADEMY COLLEGE / FREE DOGMA PRESS
Manifestos for Manifestos: A collection of experimental writing from UnderAcademy College Fakulty members addressing the manifesto as a literary form. The writings in the book are not outright manifestos; rather, they are manifestos for manifestos, for texts as yet unwritten.
Of the volume Gregory Ulmer has said, “These manifestos propose to do for contemporary learning what Descartes’s skepticism and its methodological application did for Enlightenment science. The UnderAcademy is education with an attitude, raising the question: what happens when Cabaret Voltaire is accredited?”
The volume includes work from Claire Donato, Christopher T. Funkhouser, Angela Genusa, Jeff T. Johnson, Talan Memmott, Erik H Rzepka, Eric Snodgrass, and Alan Sondheim.
Ionic Mascara Precinct: A sampling of some of the texts produced in the Advanced Macaronics course offered by UnderAcademy College in its first cycle of courses. Ionic Mascara Precinct includes text by Angela Genusa, Astrid Knight, Talan Memmott, Zsuzsa Mitró, and Sonny Rae Tempest.
UNDERACADEMY COLLEGE AND THE SCHOOL OF MAKING THINKING
Our freinds at The School of Making Thinking are accepting applications for their summer program to be held at The Yellow House, an historic B&B in East Branch, NY. The summer program is divided into three sessions running through June and July 2012. The application deadline is April 15, so hurry up, check it out, and consider enrolling in this exciting project! UnderAcademy and SMT are currently exploring future collaborations and exchanges.