“The Silent Numbers” combines audio collage with original text and text appropriated from an e-mail group devoted to recording and transcribing numbers stations. Numbers stations are shortwave radio broadcasts of human and machine-read numbers and letters probably used in espionage to communicate with field agents.
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I’m launching a new project in 2013—a series of brochures lovingly (if not quite professionally) designed and mailed to subscribers. I’ll do a new pamphlet once a month starting in January (ending in December 2013). It’s difficult to discuss the content of the brochures without ruining the surprise(s)—these aren’t short stories in anything but the loosest sense. Some of them may seem like promotions for actual goods and services, including tourist destinations, non-profits, etc. Some correspond to things I have written about in stories and the novel I’m working on. Some will come with supplemental materials (websites, photographs) and some will be distributed in and around Chicago (I plan on handing them out). Each is a formal experiment: an interrogation of pamphletness, a hybrid of fiction and marketing material, an exploration of the brochure form.Comments closed
A Moment Ago is a project I’m working on that uses JQuery/Ajax to retrieve and assemble random strings from RSS feeds. Inspired by The Apostrophe Engine, flarf, Kenneth Goldsmith, etc., and my interest in exploring the possibilities of the network (versus simple interactivity) in new media literature, the application pulls strings from around forty news feeds (as of now), randomly adds spaces and line breaks, and assembles them into a random text. Hovering your mouse over the strings will randomly change sections with new text. Let me know what you think. It can also take some time to load all the content, but it should settle down after a minute or two.Leave a Comment