By Kenneth Goldsmith September 11, In the conceptual artist Douglas Huebler wrote, “The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not. So, tonight I’m going to be talking about uncreative or conceptual writing uh, which is a type of literature that is made possible and uh, ii, ueh, born of and made. A recent interview on The Awl reminded me of a wonderful book by Kenneth Goldsmith — MoMA’s first poetry laureate, founder of the massive.
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I just don’t think it should start a movement or anything. By devious experiments he found annoying mystery and despair in the pursuit of intellectual beauty.
Part of my hesitance to accept uncreative writi I expected to brush up against some ideas here, as Goldsmith is sort of advocating conceptual writing as the next necessary frontier of literature luckily not at the exclusion of extant forms. I started this a few years ago when I first began thinking about writing as an experiment. Withoutabox Submit to Film Uncrearive.
Uncreative Writing – Managing Language in the Digital Age | Columbia University Press
Managing Language in the Digital Ageexplores a few of the less obvious implications of digital media and asks questions about where the lines between authorship and appropriation should be drawn—or whether they should be drawn at all. That is, he doesn’t fall into the Jonathan Lethem school I’ve been teaching an article that served as a precursor to this monograph for years and am impressed with the overall impetus behind both.
Oct 08, Matt rated it liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. So there you go Goldsmith attempts to show that sampling, copying, and appropriation have been the norm in other artistic mediums for decades. Success lies in knowing what to include and—more important— what to leave out. By submitting this form, you are granting: However, I have to agree with many of the other reviewers: Trivia About Uncreative Writin That we still call it “cutting and pasting” should signal its not-newness.
The project was never finished — a result of the fact that Benjamin, fleeing occupied France for New York, took his own life near the French-Spanish border after being denied entry into the latter country.
Look for a review soon in this space. His book contains brilliant moments of exegesis and archival documentation, and its keen attention to, knowledge about, and currency in artistic practice makes it as much a user’s manual as a scholar’s tome.
The act of choosing and reframing tells us as much about ourselves as our story about our mother’s cancer operation. Volume 15Issue 1Summer Otherwise it just sort of made me shru It was all right, with some decent commentary on certain conceptual and contemporary art theory, as well as including some interesting comparisons between the art and literary world.
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Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age by Kenneth Goldsmith
English Choose a language for shopping. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Midwest Book Review Good. Finally, he must choose a size and cover design for the book, as well as selecting the perfect font: In addition to explaining his concept of uncreative writing, which is also the name of his popular course at the University of Pennsylvania, Goldsmith reads the work of writers who have taken up this challenge.
For me, they capture the anti-intellectual ‘dumbed down’ imperative of higher education. While we may be up to our eyeballs in existing writing, that doesn’t preclude the possibility that new writing could or should happen Why bother uncrwative originality?
Reminds me of the move in the art world toward artists curating on-the-fly shows with their friends, complete with “curatorial” write-ups, and receptions. One implication of this style unvreative text consumption is that our creative and composition habits may be leaning this way as well: Feb 10, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: The changes are considered not only from such kinds of points of view as you have access to information, you can manipulate texts, but the author offers insight into rather deep changes in writing.
At the end of the day, I think we become ourselves through copying in a way, and Goldsmith makes a case for this idea form time to time in the book, but some times seems a little smug. Three chapters address the growing tendencies of authors to take the most mundane details from daily life and turn them into poetry. Apr 13, Mugren Ohaly rated it it was ok Shelves: Showing of 14 reviews.
The type of shoddy argumentation in this book might become clearer with an example. Books by Kenneth Goldsmith. Kenneth Goldsmith is one of the most thought provoking poets and word artists out there. Please contact mpub-help umich.
Certainly, the condition of something as “art” is often associated with the fact that it does not fulfil a strictly utilitarian function: Check out Conrad Aiken’s “Inscriptions in Sundry Places,” just as a jumping off point, to begin to get an idea of how not-revolutionary the basic ideas in this text are in literary terms.
Really, it’s not quite worth arguing the point– Goldsmith makes a comparison that is maybe interesting as a starting point, but which kncreative seems less tied to his core ideas; I think I might be interested in hearing Goldsmith write about conceptual art, but I don’t think he wrifing a very good job persuading me that what he sees in conceptual art has any bearing on how people do goldsmih should write. Part of my hesitance to accept uncreative writing has to do with my interest in emotional excavation, in putting words to feelings, in communicating these to a broader audience and thereby promoting identification and understanding.
Golxsmith, I don’t think Goldsmith is being completely sincere about this claim; it’s a think piece, essentially, and it’s a provocative and interesting one, even if I don;t quite buy it. His book contains brilliant moments of exegesis and archival documentation, and its keen attention to, knowledge about, and currency in artistic practice makes it as much a user’s manual as a scholar’s tome.
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