Good news, everyone!
Late last year, we received notice that Willow Patterns: The Complete 24-Hour Book has been selected as an artwork for the 21st International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA 2015).
The symposium and exhibition will happen in Vancouver, Canada on 14 -18 August.
‘It’s an incredible honour to have if:book represented at such a prestigious event,’ said if:book manager Simon Groth, ‘and a testament to the work of everyone involved in the 24-Hour Book. It’s extraordinary that just twenty-three-and-a-bit hours of frenzied activity has continued to produce beautiful art and a rich set of ideas driving it more than two years after the initial “data capture”.’
ISEA is one of the world’s most prominent international arts and technology events, bringing together scholarly, artistic, and scientific domains in an interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in art, interactivity, and electronic and digital media. The event annually brings together artists, designers, academics, technologists, scientists, and general audience in the thousands. The symposium consists of a peer reviewed conference, a series of exhibitions, and various partner events—from large scale interactive artwork in public space to cutting edge electronic music performance.
The theme for ISEA2015 is disruption.
DISRUPTION invites a conversation about the aesthetics of change, renewal, and game-changing paradigms. We look to raw bursts of energy, reconciliation, error, and the destructive and creative forces of the new. Disruption contains both blue sky and black smoke. When we speak of radical emergence we must also address things left behind. Disruption is both incremental and monumental.
Willow Patterns: The Complete 24-Hour Book reproduces every saved version of the work in progress from if:book’s 24-Hour Book project into a database printed on lavish hardcover across 28 volumes.
It has been selected at part of the exhibition focusing on the sub-theme of new text.
Text reveals language in code, poetics and discourse. How can text, code, and practices in electronic literature be explored in the frame of disruptive change? How do defamiliarization and rupture cross from literature into other spheres? Using text and code, how can we investigate contemporary aesthetics at this moment within bookforms, narrative, electronic, or generative literature? What are the possibilities of creation and destruction using the medium of code and the function of the literary in today’s culture?
Willow Patterns is currently on display at Queensland Writers Centre at the State Library of Queensland.