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New Hyperrhiz Issue



I’ve had a series of very productive emails and Skype conversations this past week with artists, writers, and doctoral candidates all happy to share some of their critical and creative projects and to discuss their frustrations with finding publishers for these digitally-born works. 

Last week, four of us from the Digital Publishing group here at HASTAC submitted a panel for the upcoming HASATC conference in Toronto to help ensure that such conversations not only continue but also reach larger, more diverse groups…

I did remind a couple of people of the good work—and great strides—being made by or published at a variety of journals and other organizations.  Journals could always use more publicity. 

A brief list of some journals to examine include:

Postmodern Culture

Digital Humanities Quarterly

Journal of Digital Humanities

Literary and Linguistic Computing


Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular

The New River: A Journal of Digital Writing & Art

Southern Spaces

The Electronic Book Review


I’d like to call special attention to the latest issue of Hyperrhiz.

Divided into three sections—Essays, Gallery, and Reviews—its latest issue (Fall 2012) caught my attention with David Gruber and David M. Rieder’s digital interpretation of Mark Strand’s poem “The Tunnel”. 

The essay sets up the digital work—and in some ways serves as a criticism of it, offering a reading or at least some sense of the authorial intent behind it: “Our cybertextual interpretation of Strand's poem extends this struggle to the human relationship with technology. ‘Tunnel Vision’ implies that we are not isolated entities; rather, we are always already becoming what is artificially separated from us as a technological ‘outside.’”

The “Gallery” section offers both an Artists’ Statement and a hyperlink to the work itself.  The digital work is a college that loops Strand’s original text with code—with an interesting option that asks the reader to become part of the show.  With the click of a button, the user can allow the program to enable his or her webcam and microphone to feel—experience—the paranoia of Strand’s protagonist.

It’s a fantastic project—one that made me rethink a work by one of my favorite poets—and Hyperrhiz is really churning out some fine work.  My only recommendation for visitors is to visit the gallery first and then go back to the essay.  I was reading from the top, down, and started with the essay, coloring my own reading and making the work a bit anti-climatic. 

I understand that it is print/journal tradition to put essays up front and exhibition/book reviews, etc. towards the end, but on this one I’d like to see the gallery up front since I see the digital component as the work.


Here’s the full Table of Contents for the Issue:


Issue 9 / Fall 2012


Digital Fate of the Face and Body

Piotr Célinski

Tunnel Vision: A Cybertextual Interpretation of Mark Strand's The Tunnel

David Gruber and David M. Rieder

A Posthuman Cosmopolitanism and New Media Writing

Hazel Smith


The Colonization of Memory

The Hanseatic Semiotic Traders League


David Ciccoricco and Jill DelSordi

Tunnel Vision: A Cybertextual Interpretation of Mark Strand’s The Tunnel

David Gruber and David M. Rieder

Clay Conversations

Hazel Smith, Joanna Still, and Roger Dean


Philippe Bootz and Sandy Baldwin, Regards Croisés

Mirona Magearu     


Please check out this issue!

I’d love to see/hear from all of you out there as well…

What are you reading? 

Any journals/magazines/websites worth checking out?

Any new projects we should see?

What can book publishers learn from journals?









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