Pathways to Preservation
In this Episode we talk with Dene Grigar, who is Professor and Director of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver whose research focuses on the creation, curation, preservation, and criticism of Electronic Literature, specifically building multimedial environments and experiences for live performance, installations, and curated spaces; desktop computers; and mobile media devices.
In this episode, artist, writer and spiritual guide John F. Simon Jr. speaks with Mark Amerika about his divination drawing practice and the release of his new book, Drawing Your Own Path: 33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation (Parallax Press). Both Simon and Amerika are frequent visitors to the island of Oahu where they convene the annual Kailua Summit.
Post Documentary Naturalism
In this episode, filmmaker and writer Erin Espelie discusses the importance of mindful data capturing as part of a more integrated practice-based research methodology that focuses on how artists such as herself sample disparate ideas from traditional sources and remix them into speculative forms of post-documentary filmmaking.
This episode features the voice of Allison Parrish conversing on her personal history as a writer and programmer, Gertrude Stein's hypothetical relationship to computational aesthetics and methodologies, and what it's like developing literary bots as a mode of post-human expression.
A psychedelic conversation between novelist, hypertext pioneer, and musician Robert Arellano and Mark Amerka as they discuss their creative hypertext output in the early-mid 90s. Arellano talks at length about the need to work against the technological universe of readymade information and his decision to not have a mobile phone as way to challenge his own relationship with the digital network culture.
This episode focuses on the physical book as material metaphor. How does the book itself shape our perception of the ideas entombed within it? Can the book as an affective technology that mediates experience reveal "the space between" and become a primary location for poetic substance?
Demo & Die
In this episode, artist, publisher and theorist Piotr Marecki passes through Boulder and engages in a dialogue with Mark Amerika that includes a rare performance featuring a simultaneous reading of Amerika's 1996 Hypertextual Consciousness 1.0 followed by a discussion on the anarchist tendencies in the Eastern European Demo Culture.
In this episode, a melange of voices how collage, appropriation, and anti-disciplinary practices are aligned with utopian impulses. How does the war machine inform Post-Internet artistic and commercial outputs after-the-fact? How has a crowd-sourced mentality and transgressive share-ability reshaped creative production? As the DJ said: "You're only as good as your archive."
A radiophonic remix of past audio essays featured on techne_lab. Voices, ethereal house music, and atmospheric noise pulse in and out of sonic space and ritual temporalities. What does it mean to compose a trance ritual transfigured in time? What happens when the avatar of flash reason descends?
Fire Hose of Information
In this episode artist and composer Michael Theodore speaks about his early musical influences while growing up in the multi-cultural epicenter of New York City. During his discussion with Mark Amerika, Theodore riffs on his love of jazz and the interrelationship between improvisation and computational processes, deep programming, and painting.
This episode highlights artist Joel Swanson's interests in conceptual language art, experiential fonts, verbal patterns, and operating at the border of legibility and illegibility. How does poetry move off the page and into an installation space, a trendy art hotel, or a hipster bar? With Mark Amerika, Swanson addresses many of the contemporary issues focused on textual materialities.
Featuring the voices of John Barber and Mark Amerika in conversation at Boulder Creek in the spring of 2016. The two sound artists discuss the evolution of sound narrative and the role of the environment in producing atmospheric sound effects that tell an alternative version of the stories we listen to and privilege in all-too-common anthropocentric ways.
In this episode, artist and DJ Paul Miller reminisces on his deep influences with science fiction narrative, data collection and an increasing complex technocratic society, and how he sees remix as a subversive form of retelling history from alternative vantage points.
Featuring Michelle Ellsworth and Mark Amerika in conversation, this episode almost becomes an actual podcast, or at least moves in that direction, with the two artists talking about the relationship of physiology to memory, philosophy as material, and what it means to produce signals that shift various dance and gestural forms into choreographed forms of neural connectivity.
This episode explores contemporary investigations into the body as a fluid medium, network culture as distributed persona-making, and the role affect plays as a negotiating instrument that one barters away in hopes of achieving positive feedback loops.
Disrupting institutionalized modes of research while innovating new methodological approaches to knowing-through-making, that's what a PhD program should be invested in. The IAWP PhD proram is a practice-based research unit that prioritizes avant-pop artistic invention, the theory and practice of doing, and a deep dive into media archaeology. Why this is unlike anything you have ever experienced in higher arts education.
Electronic Literature Organization Megamix
This was a fun one to make: the podcast features a remix of episodes 1-8, commissioned for the ELO 2016 exhibition held in Victoria, Canada. We're allowed to appropriate ourselves, aren't way? And what about everyone else who gives voice to the lab at any given moment in time?
A list of all of the contributing artists who have collaborated on the Techne Lab Podcast.