Reclaiming the Future Through Remediation and Transmediation


The grammatization of industrialized programming inscribes a market force of knowledge where science is privileged over humanities, speed over slow culture, short-circuited over long-circuited synapses. The value of humanities is decreasing. Humans are rendered obsolescence. This pattern not only shows that society does not value humanities with the same weight as it does with science, but also reveals to us the anxieties of being replaced by machines. Despite this gloomy picture of the future, I argue that electronic literature, in the process of remediation and transmediation, can inspire and open up the closure of industrialized programming and provide a ray of hope for the future. I elucidate this redemptive power through Daniel C. Howe’s “AdLipo”, “The Deletionist” created by Amaranth Borsuk, Jesper Juul, and Nick Montfort, Ian Hatcher’s “Working Memory” and María Mencía’s “Connected Memories.” “The Deletionist” and “AdLipo” disrupt and remediate industrialized memories with strategies of erasure and culture jamming. The web application and browser add-on provide a critical reading to the original webpages whereas “Working Memory” and “Connected Memories” critique on the industrialized memories in the form of transmediation. These cultural practices reconstruct, transform, and translate a sense of care into the toxicity of the programming industry.

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Hui-Chun Li, Yancheng Teachers University, China

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Conference: ACAS2019
Stream: Comparative Studies of Asian and East Asian Studies

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