I have been invited to give a talk at the upcoming conference Thinking Serially: Repetition, Continuation, Adaptation. My paper, “I Love Your Work: Seriality, Procedurality, and Narrative,” explores the tensions and connections between notions of procedurality, database aesthetics on the one hand, and narratives on the other. Lev Manovich proclaimed in 1998 that:
new media objects do not tell stories; they don’t have beginning or end; in fact, they don’t have any development, thematically, formally or otherwise which would organize their elements into a sequence.
Things have changed since then. Analyzing the work by, among others, Jonathan Harris, I will discuss how database aesthetics and procedurality built into narrative structures and interfaces produce narratives that demand that we think differently about stories, along the lines of Brian McHale’s notions of weak narrativity, and trip vs mission (take a look at his great talk on Alice!)
Looking forward to NYC and The Graduate Center!