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Word processing as an act of collaboration: description of a media artwork.

Rutherford, , 2019. Word processing as an act of collaboration: description of a media artwork. Media Practice and Education, 20 (3), 232-243.

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DOI: 10.1080/25741136.2018.1464739


As described in an earlier contribution to the JMP (Photography as an act of collaboration - Vol 15, Issue 3), my research explores the possibilities and implications of treating the camera and the photographic process as an active collaborator in the creation of scenes, events and ‘moments’ that did not exist until brought into being by the act of photographing them. The media artwork described here is the result of an experiment to explore the possibility of establishing a similarly collaborative relationship with the ‘agency’ of word-processing software that I have endeavoured to establish with the medium of photography. Despite comprehensively stripping the original text of both sense and sequence, the resulting text not only retains an uncanny degree of consistency with both the style and meaning of the original, but also reveals insights which had been only latent within the original. The result would appear to reinforce the findings of my previous research in photographic practice: that, by giving up conscious, rational control over the means of expression, we can (sometimes) create the conditions necessary for a constructive and often illuminating dialogue with the deus ex machina.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:collaboration with the medium; the agency of the medium; deus ex machina
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:30218
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:18 Jan 2018 12:17
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:09


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