[Humanist] 24.63 drawing in other histories

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu May 27 11:54:29 CEST 2010

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 63.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 10:53:15 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: drawing in other histories

The following is from Malcolm Le Grice, "Never the same again", in White 
Head Cold Logic, ed. Brown, Gere, Lambert and Mason (2008):

> ... where artists may choose any combination of media in which to
> create  a work there can be no historical stability in artistic form
> based on medium. While the material form in which a work is produced
> or encountered significantly affects its experience and meaning,
> crossing media limits inevitably draws on, or draws in, a range of
> histories and their related discourses. Through their ability to
> incorporate other media forms, computers and digital systems bring to
> an end any intrinsic link between discourse and medium. At the same
> time digital systems represent the basis of a new cross-media,
> cross-cultural discourse that began to emerge in the radical melting
> pot of the 1960s. There's no going back! (p. 227)

Can the same be said of written language and literature?


Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London: staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/

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