Modular Form as a Curatorial Practice

Marczewska, K. 2014. Modular Form as a Curatorial Practice. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice. 7 (1), pp. 121-138. doi:10.1386/jwcp.7.1.121_1

TitleModular Form as a Curatorial Practice
AuthorsMarczewska, K.
Abstract

This article discusses a curatorial approach to authorship as a model for thinking about what I describe as an iterative modular poem, a poetic text composed of appropriated segments. As a response to contemporary proliferation of literary and artistic works created by iterative means, i.e. through acts of appropriation, remixing and remediation, the article is an attempt at putting forward ‘the curatorial’ as an emerging paradigm of writing for the twenty-first century. The article approaches established paradigms of authorship, creativity and originality as inadequate with respect to contemporary experimental poetic practices to suggest a shift from creating to collecting and curating as a possible alternative model for thinking about instances of iterative creative writing. The argument focuses on Robert Fitterman’s Holocaust Museum (2011) as an example of an iterative modular poem and a text emblematic of such curatorial approach to authorship.

KeywordsRobert Fitterman; Vilém Flusser; appropriation poetics; iterative writing; modular form; ‘the curatorial’
JournalJournal of Writing in Creative Practice
Journal citation7 (1), pp. 121-138
ISSN1753-5190
Year2014
PublisherIntellect
Accepted author manuscriptKaja Marczewska Modular Form as a Curatorial Practice.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1386/jwcp.7.1.121_1
Publication dates
Published01 Mar 2014

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