ISSN: 1477965X
First published in 2003
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Volume 12 Issue 2-3
Cover Date: December 2014
Literal transitions: From organic to digital in a constrained writing piece
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Authors:  Regina Dürig 
DOI: 10.1386/tear.12.2-3.347_1

Keywords
writing performance artwork,Oulipo,constraints,literature as counter-environment,language as material,labyrinth and escape

Abstract
The writing piece ‘Literal transitions’ proposes a literary answer to the question as to whether a potential transit from the word ‘organic’ to the word ‘digital’ exists. The piece as well as its creation process and the author’s comments on it will be described in the following. What can result from this experiment is a reflection of the language material itself, a certain degree of awareness of the implications of the traditional or unconscious constraints in language. Literal Transitions is not an explanation, but an examination with artistic means. This examination is based on three assumptions: (1) the potential of literature unfolds when writing is constrained; (2) restrictions make the language’s silence speak and (3) we need fictions to build our world.
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