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Literatura open source:raport z eksperymentu
Open Source Literature: A Report on an Experiment

Author(s): Mariusz Pisarski
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: electronic literature; digital poetry; open source; collaborative literature; literary games; hypertext; Internet; Internet literature

Summary/Abstract: In this article Pisarski attempts to classify, analyse and provide an initial evaluation of the literary practice of open source – practices that have made possible by the code layer of digital poetry and prose. Made accessible in the digital era, this layer invites transformations; literary culture is opened up to competition; it raises authorial competence and facilitates collaborative creativity. Pisarski explores e-literary works that are “genuinely digital”. When the creator of a code opens up the computer code and encourages the creation of further works within a given framework, the reaction is not always as expected. Pisarski compares Jasona Nelsona’s digital poetry, Jim Carpenter’s Erica T. Carter project and Nick Montfort’s generative poem Taroko Gorge – one of which Pisarski considers a fully successful attempt; the digitalised reasons include references to the literary tradition of collective action, the choice of an appropriate poetics for the work (such as a narrative point of view), a clear indication of exchangeable elements and referential framework. Summing up, Pisarski sketches out the potential for open source literary practices and their future development.a

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 106-116
  • Page Count: 21