Gherban, a Romanian living in Paris, spoke to Tibor Papp, an Hungarian
living in Paris, and Philippe Bootz, a Frenchman not living in Paris,
about the necessity to highlight what is happening in programming literature
/ arts. A text has been written in 2003 February, called "Transitoire
Observable" and sent in March to peers poets and artists.
name "Transitoire Observable" is from a subchapter of Philippe
Bootz PHD thesis. The Transitoire Observable is a transient hypermedia
event that the reader reads on screen and created by the computer while
executing. It is what is watched (observed) before applying cognitive
attention. The cognition will transform the perceived element into "text-of-visualisation".
It means that a "Transitoire Observable" does not belong yet
to the text. Alexandre Gherban found the concept useful because it is
clear that the text, or any other semiotic event on screen, is relative,
transient and created by a physical process. It is not a permanent and
timeless object, as, for instance, a printed text. The term gives its
place to both program and physical processes acting in textual construction.
We insist on the link existing between the object, which is our senses
perceive, and the underlying level, which is the code at work. He refers
as well to the autonomy of processes which is more of a global description
than a textual concept, because it is operating in other digital mediums.
Because Alexandre Gherban was a composer and a painter before he began
to get involved in e-literature, he found e-lit was a part of digital
arts. It is why, after discussion, we decided to open the group to both
formal authors and digital artists.
e-poetry in France is globally divided into three main streams: video
poetry, web projects, and programming literature. The last one is growing
intensively. The creators working in it are all quite familiar with
the properties of the communication system, which Philippe Bootz called
"procedural system". Discussions between the three currents
became quite grimey. Authors creating video poetry, which I will call,
screen literature, are not able to understand what the other two currents
are doing. They think quite traditionally in terms of visual, textual
(and other) shapes. The other ones (web based and code based) say that
text is not an absolute concept but is linked to the communication system.
Observable members are convinced that nothing radically new can come
from the screen based poetry if programming is not considered as a main
component inside the totality of this particular communication system.
This particular system is called the "procedural system".
PHD thesis worked as a catalyst. Authors recognized their own theoretical
positions in it, and among all, that the differences between the systems
they are using and other textual communication systems was clearly described
in Phil's thesis.
member has his own artistic past. All together, we present the many
facets of digital art. Also, each member works within his own meanings
and conceptions. Diversity is a condition for a dynamic movement. Theoretical
and practical works are included in the recently upset site:
course, this list is not compulsory to French speakers. New artists
are welcome. Transitoire Observable primarily wants to be a sharing
space for research and analysis specifically adapted to digital art.
group members are now: Wilton Azevedo (Brazil), Jean-Pierre Balpe (France),
Ambroise Barras (Swiss), Louis Bec (France), Michel Bret (France), Philippe
Bootz (France), Patrick-Henri Burgaud (the Netherlands), Philippe Castellin
(France), Alexandre Gherban (Romania/France), Xavier Leton (Belgium),
Tibor Papp (Hungary/France), Antoine Schmitt (France), and Reiner Strasser
and read by Patrick-Henri
the last e-poetry festival,
june 2003, Morgantown
of the manifest announcement, taken by Johen Cayley.