Three years at the University of Chicago have yielded a fourth one: simple arithmetic thus confirms that I am close to done with my B.A. in Comparative Literature. Fortunately, time is up, since for the past two years I have increasing erred from my initial study of (Spanish and French) literature towards the fields of film and art history. Over the past year, this combined interest in the visual arts and literature has led me to focus on the study of Concrete Poetry, Lettrisme, Conceptual art, and pre-modern Pattern Poetry. However, it has been the heavy prosthetics of theory that have founded my curiosity and allowed me to wander in and out of departments.
My formal involvement with The Chicago School of Media Theory, apart from our on-going discussion of critical texts, has been most active around the development of the Hypercube project. In this regard, the difficulties raised by the visual representation of the concepts structuring this space of mediation has brought me to the late work on informational and semiotical aethetics of Max Bense. Beyond the Hypercube, the study of media theory has fomented my interest in imaging techniques, such as holography, sonogram, X-ray, etc., in relation to a conceptualization of the body and a deconstruction of vision traditionally conceived, most notably by the phenomenological tradition.
I am currently preparing my B.A. thesis which will consist of a comparative study on the interruption of meaning by a writing conceived as process in the work of William Blake and William Burroughs. The essay will examine the effect of such an interruption upon the boundaries between the thematic and physical/structural elaboration of questions of power and literary/semantic objecthood and spatiality.
Chicago School Media Theory: Reading List
Media Theory Keywords Glossary: event
Performing Media (2003): “Sonogram as Sound-Image”
Theories of Media Annotation: Anthony Vidler’s Warped Space
Theories of Media Guest Presentation (2004): “The Hypercube Media Taxonomy Model” (now the Media HyperAtlas)
Theories of Media Guest Presentation (2004): “Holography: The Abject Dinosaur of New Media”
Theories of Media Prospectus: “On Creativity, Reception, and Intermedia”