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Eletroescritura de um Eksperimento | web-installation | 2004

Artur Matuck proposes using cyborg language and computers for a new writing process; a creative dialogue between existing structures of language in society and computers, based on the introduction of algorithms, to create ‘de-writing’. The result is a hybrid language in which co-authoring takes place in the form of ‘rewriting’. While de-writing produces an aesthetics of disorder, a poetics of chaos, it also holds potential for future reorganization by a possible human receptor. As a new literary form, its revolutionary character is seen in the creation of an instrument that devastates linguistics – the indicial record of the stage reached by a certain social group – by prospecting to produce neologisms and destabilize the language. This is the poetic density of the proposed man-machine symbiosis that the Awards cover that year.

Artur Matuck

Worked in Brazil and the United States, as artist, professor, researcher, author and novelist, video director, producer of telecommunication events, and digital photographer. In 1976, after graduating in radio and television at ECA-USP, he traveled to Iowa in the US on a Fulbright grant. At the University of Iowa, he submitted his thesis on copyright and intellectual property to conclude his master’s in communications. From 1978 to 1981, he studied at the University of California in San Diego, where he pursued his aesthetic studies in literature, video, performance and graphic arts, and concluded his master’s in the arts. In 1984, in Brazil, he started his university career teaching multimedia in the visual arts department at USP. He concluded his doctorate in arts in 1989, with Walter Zanini as his advisor, and submitted his thesis: O Potencial Dialógico da Televisão. In 1991, he was at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Studio for Creative Inquiry in Pittsburgh, where he developed the Reflux project together with artists from various countries using telecommunications. In the same year, Reflux was shown at the 20th São Paulo International Biennial. From 1994 to 1996, he pursued post-doctoral studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he conducted experiments into composing texts using the mathematical language of computers. He currently teaches digital communication at the Public Relations, Publicity and Advertising Department, ECA-USP. Arthur Matuck’s artistic work of involving computer technology has earned international recognition. His digital photography has been reproduced and commented in Professor Frank Popper’s recent publication L’Art a l’age eletronique (Art of the electronic age), which looks at recent work in computer graphics from around the world. Artur Matuck designed and proposed Semion (international signal for fee information) as a new proposal and an alternative to intellectual property institutions. His theoretical production has been featured in the Leonardo review in the United States, which published by the International Society for the Arts, Science and Technology, based in San Francisco, California.