Innovationen und Reproduktionen in Kulturen und Gesellschaften (IRICS) Wien, 9. bis 11. Dezember 2005

<< Media systems: their evolution and innovation

Hybridization and literature

José Augusto Mourão (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)



With literature, the visual arts, cinema, theatre, opera and ballet are being translate or transformed into "new” media environments. Traditional mediums of human expression and communication (writing, visual arts, theatre, ballet, music) and the more recently developed "mass-media” technologies (the book, the press and television media and the Internet) continue to influence in significant ways the development of these hybrid forms of expression in the "new media” technologies at present under development. It is also clear that new forms of expression and communication made possible by new media technologies are continually challenging our emotional, physical and conceptual limits and borders and pushing traditional mediums of expression in new directions. In the present time each of these supposed categories or clusters of technologies and practices is destined to remain "parasitic” on the other.

As for hypertext, inside literature and technology convergence, and departing from Derrida, this paper conjectures that literature reveals, in own its mode, the "essence” of techniques. Hyperfiction is supported by the same parameters that were first used in other areas. This new media arena will thus make it possible to express a new kind of subjectivity and biopolitics. "Boundaries of texts are like boundaries of bodies, and both stand in for the confusing and invisible boundary of the self” (S. Jackson).

Innovations and Reproductions in Cultures and Societies
(IRICS) Vienna, 9 - 11 december 2005

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