"Dromena" Live-Action Poetics and Media Culture
Paper Synopsis by Panayiotis Bosnakis
In this paper I explore the possibilities of a new generation of emergent poetic genres that presently come under the rubric of "media performance poetry" or "new media poetry." The purpose of this paper is to describe (albeit literally and crudely so) forms of poetic excess and indeterminacy in our contemporary digitized and decentralized pantopical culture(s).
In a similar vein, I have been trying to examine several of the issues shown here in some of my recent poetries, ae well. Avant-gardist poetic practices still remain a useful ground for further exploitation. However, post avant-garde, or avant-garde in the space of post-media technologies, is my proper field to base my assumptions. In the last 10 years or so, we have witnessed some poet-artists to undertake a few interesting initiatives by exceeding the limits of poetic representation (i.e. Loss Pequeno Glazier, Philadelpho Menezes, Edouardo Kac and Marcos Novak among others). We are currently moving to a new sensibility of cultural artifacts beyond teleological purposes or territorial cultural investments.
Media performance poetry originates from performance poetics of the 1970s and 1980s and mixes up media arts, digital poetics, computer graphic arts, visual and language poetics and other avant-gardist and post avant-gardist concepts of new poetics. Its basic characteristics include: open-formatted avant-gardist structures, the liberty of the spectator to choose his/her own end, modulations and aleatorics, speech in tongues, computer-formatted languages, new authorship-collaborations between author/creator and audience/creator, deconstructed roles, genders, capitals and geographies, nomadic practices, liquid and mobile conceptions of spatialities, disorientated and alienated geographies, anarchy of method, transterritorialities of languages etc. New refreshing modalities emerge out of this poetics that qualify for new collective partnerships and new envisioning of worldmaking.
Professor of Comparative Literature and Poetics
University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA
Center for Avant-Garde Poetics, Athens, Greece