Revisiting Little Brother: a 1984-spam Vanessa took off his glasses

June 27th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

‘I would have been ten or fifteen pointy little bastards and we held each other and ground my jaws together. “We just drifted apart.” We walked like two people whom he did not seek power for its freedom. If I get a new Middle group splits off from the larynx without involving the higher brain centres at all. Likelier still, nobody knew how we were rubbing our sweaty bodies against each other as long as they parted at the Party is infallible. But since in reality disappeared. Each of the day. Of course. I was going to do so. It was now his diary. And in the future was unimaginable. What certainty had he added half-nostalgically: “‘Oranges and lemons,” say the – Something changed in some connection to this country. But your father is –” She bit into it. Chewed. Swallowed. Gave every impression of having very few words were not continuous. There had been singled out for the counter-attack. Four, five, six – in some way so that his heart a feeling of her t-shirt. Her warm tummy, her soft navel. They inched higher.’

The Python agents’ association called ‘Markmix‘ offer us a version of Doctorow’s Little Brother that brings the novel back in the loop, merging Orwell’s 1984 back into Little Brother. 1984 was a clear inspiration for Doctorow. Many details in the text reveal the source, as f.e.the first nickname of the main character Marcus Yallow. He calls himself w1n5t0n. Pronounced “Winston.”

Brendan Howell wrote a script in which he adapted one of the most used algorithms in our networked society: the Markov chain. » Read the rest of this entry «

Revisiting Little Brother – Reading the novel as an anaphor

April 5th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

You wouldn’t want the Nazis running the country.
“You wouldn’t understand.
“You wouldn’t believe it.
“You wouldn’t –”
You would have ended up in jail in a week, two tops.
“You won’t get caught,” I said.
You won’t be able to fight the feeling that you’re dying.
“You will tell him,” she managed.
You will never speak of what happened here to anyone, ever.
“You will.
You were very generous to give it to me and I’ll try to repay the gift, but you don’t get the right to edit anything out, to change it, or to stop me.
“You were right.”

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1984:revisiting – on hold

April 5th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

This is how far this project goes for now. Twelve hours have past since the first commit.
And I prefer to freeze the concept instead of freezing the spirits by inducing my colleagues, friends and myself into a risky business of working with illegal material.
Luckily there is someone like Cory Doctorow, who rewrote 1984 for youngsters. He managed to get Little Brother published under a Creative Commons Non-commercial Share Alike, ready to remix.
So today I start a new project with a new repository: 1984:revisited.
But not without making a statement first. » Read the rest of this entry «

1984:revisiting – a gitnovel

April 4th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Screenshot from 2014-04-18 16:04:5230 years after the setting of George Orwell’s 1984, the novel is frequently referenced in articles on privacy, data protection and the surveillance society. Search for ‘Big Brother’ in this database f.ex.:
The novel was written in 1948, speculating on a totalitarian society that would not allow for any possible resistance.

Do these references to 1984 make sense? And to what extent? That is the question for which this project is a thinking tool. Today there is not one government, not one system. The surveillance society is a fragmented one, Big Brother has such a friendly face we do not organise a big protest after the heroic act of Snowdon, and the human minds seem far too messy to be able to control them. But then there are a lot of similarities too.

This revisiting journal is launched on gitorious today, on 4th April 2014, exactly thirty years after the main character Winston started his journal in Orwell’s novel. The methods for revisiting are inspired by the ideas living at Constant and Variable in Brussels, the experiments with video and archives of Michael Murtaugh, Stéphanie Villayphiou’s Blind Carbon Copy, discussions with members of Algolit and the belief that Kenneth Goldsmith might be right when he states in ‘Uncreative Writing’ that the literary digital revolution is only about to start.

Joyeuse Année ! Joyeux Domaine Public !

December 14th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Le XXIe siècle nous met à disposition de grandes collections par un simple click de souris. Tout texte qui n’est pas disponible digitalement, peut l’être en utilisant un scanner et des logiciels d’OCR dont des modèles domestiques se développent.

La culture de la copie crée de nouveaux défis pour l’écrivain de fiction littéraire. » Read the rest of this entry «

CIAO/Tot Later 1.0 – de auteursversie!

June 20th, 2011 § Comments Off on CIAO/Tot Later 1.0 – de auteursversie! § permalink

Friday we had a toast on the limited printrun of the author’s cut of the distributed novel CIAO/Tot Later in the office of Constant. The event was as sparkling as the lay-out & cover of this collective artwork, done by OSP.
You can read the digital story CIAO here
Je vindt de pdf van het boek via Constant Verlag.

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