Meta-authorship in Pioneering Telewriting Events

Event Date: 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 12:00pm

Event Location: 

  • SSMS 2135

Artur Matuck

Telemedia artists and writers working with the medium of telecommunication have been utilizing a form of meta-creation when conceiving, planning, and designing their mostly interactive events. They have engendered meta-discourses when conceiving tele-active events, thus inaugurating a form of bi-phasic or multi-phasic creative expression. Some systemic tele-writing experiments, conceived and carried out between 1983 and 1992, are reviewed and evaluated as forms of expression involving meta-authoriship and collective expression. They represent the first events in which writers collaborated through computer networks, inaugurating a new form of authorship, an unheard-of form of writing, a learning textual experience. Since then writing through the networks has become a daily activity. But the model of writing conceived by those early net-authors remains an important tool to understand and to theorize about emerging forms of contemporary digital writing the networks have been supporting. The acknowledgement of the peculiarity of this meta-language, actualized through media partitions as project designs, has naturally led to a pedagogical project, in which teaching focuses in the creation, not of an actual creative work, but in the exercizing of meta-authorship, in the production of meta-texts. 

Artur Matuck has been teaching Communications, Media Arts and Literature at the University of São Paulo, Brazil since 1984. He has worked as writer, visual artist, performer and media designer. He has delivered conference papers and participated in workshops worldwide and has exhibited artworks in several São Paulo Biennials. In 1990 he completed a history of video art and interactive television published in Brazil as The Dialogical Potential of Television. During 1991 he conceived and produced Reflux, a pioneer worldwide project on net collaboration. In 1995 he started experimenting with text-reprocessing software. Landscript, his text-reprocessing site, was featured at the 25th São Paulo Biennial International in 2002. Since 2001 he has coordinated the international symposium Acta Media on media arts and digital culture at the University of São Paulo. He also  founded the Colabor Center for Digital Languages which is designed to integrate student and faculty research through computer-mediated collaboration. His most recent work involves theoretical and philosophical research on media languages as they relate to thought evolution and human rights in a digital age.