if:book's latest literary project kicks off next week right here on this very site. This project takes the personal and intimate craft of memoir and turns it over to the cut-and-paste transformation of remix culture combined with a hint of old-fashioned parlour games. Five writers have written a short piece of memoir, a vignette. Each work is passed onto another author within the group, tasked with transforming the piece into something else. In the background, if:book tracks the changes. The newly minted remix is passed along again and so on until each of the pieces have passed through all five authors.
It's called Lost In Track Changes.
Introducing the five authors who have stepped up to the challenge:
[box]Krissy Kneen is the author of the memoir Affection, the erotic fiction Triptych and the novel Steeplechase. Her erotic novel Holly's Incredible Adventures in the Sex Machine will be out in November (Text).[/box]
[box]Fiona Capp is the internationally published author of seven books: three works of non-fiction including That Oceanic Feeling, which won the 2004 Kibble Award and My Blood's Country, a journey through the landscape that inspired the poetry of Judith Wright, and four novels - Night Surfing, Last of the Sane Days, Musk & Byrne and Gotland.[/box]
[box]Robert Hoge has worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator for the CSIRO and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. He has had numerous short stories, articles, interviews and other works published in Australia and overseas. His memoir, Ugly, is about growing up ugly and disabled. It’s also about bad haircuts and reading and awful teen love poems and underarm bowling as a metaphor for… well, you’ll just have to read the book.[/box]
[box]Cate Kennedy writes short stories, poetry, non-fiction and is currently working on her second novel. Her work has been published internationally and she is the recipient of the 2010 NSW Premier's Literary Prize People's Choice award for her novel The World Beneath, the 2012 Queensland Literary Award for her short story collection Like a House on Fire and the 2011 Victorian Premier's Award for her poetry collection The Taste of River Water. Her non-fiction work includes Sing and Don't Cry; a Mexican journal about her time living and working in a credit cooperative in Mexico. She edited the 2010 and 2011 Best Australian Stories anthologies and more recently New Australian Love Stories (due for publication Sept 2014). [/box]
[box]Ryan O'Neill’s fiction has appeared in The Best Australian Stories, The Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Wet Ink, Etchings and Westerly. His work has won the Hal Porter and Roland Robinson awards. His book, The Weight of a Human Heart has been shortlisted for the 2012 Queensland Literary Prize - Steele Rudd Award. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.[/box]
Each piece and its remixes will be published in weekly instalments at if:book over the next five months. We are also working on print and ebook editions of the complete project and an event at the project's conclusion in November.
The ebook edition will feature design work from Megan Hoogenboom.
[box]Megan Hoogenboom is an independent graphic designer, living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Using a self-invented design system and a fuelled by fascination with the transformation from the analogue to the digital, Megan creates and philosophises on the form of the digital book: the .ePub.[/box]