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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Most of his examples do not support the advocation of the kind of extreme non-creative stenography found in much of his own writing. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Wandering without a clear purpose or sense of direction, I have often disrupted the fast flow of passerby intent on some clear errand or commute, as though I were a butterfly strayed into the beehive, a snag in the stream.

And even digitized cutting and pasting can’t give it to him.

Managing Language in the Digital Golesmithexplores 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. Kenneth Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry and founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb ubu. Read more Read less. Please try again later. 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.


By that, I mean, writing has encountered a situation similar to what happened to painting with the invention of photography, a technology so much better at replicating reality that, in order to survive, painting had to alter its course radically The work of these visual artists and their unique approaches to creation are laid out as precursors to the kinds of digital methods that so interest Goldsmith today.

To remove the soul from writing and call it modern. This early twentieth-century work serves as a road map for the kinds of appropriation that continue today, facilitated so neatly by digital media. Instead, a conventional glance at the piece reveals a nonsensical collection of letters and symbols, literally a code that might be deciphered into something sensible Customers who bought this item also bought.


The only reason I’m giving this 2 stars instead of 1 is that at least it made me think, feel enraged, and realize that perhaps I’m a highly conservative person in the eyes of some people. Otherwise it just sort of made me shru It was all right, with some decent commentary on certain conceptual and contemporary art theory, goldsith well as including some interesting comparisons between the art and literary world. A key source for conceptual writing. Oct 30, David Dixon rated it did not like it Shelves: Trivia About Uncreative Writin Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Goldsmith’s practice as artist and critic is deeply interesting. Rather, he imagines that copying and gokdsmith would get literature out of a rut of sorts, as well as lend itself to the types of information management projects that our digital skill sets demand. Certainly writint examples succeed in opening up and making transparent the notions of textuality that we take for granted.

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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. His other tactic, which makes up the middle sections of his book, feels to me more fundamentally flawed, which is the notion that we can and should compare the verbal arts to the visual arts, and see the way we are lagging behind– hell, Goldsmith seems to be saying, if we just catch up with the visual arts, we’ll be fine.

Seven American Deaths and Disasters. This is sex without orgasm. And on top of all that the book breaks all his own rules, far too original and cogently argued to be considered uncreative by his own standards. This is and isn’t interesting, I think. English Qriting a language for shopping. Maybe the author is just living his practice of writing without aspiring for originality, by writing about a topic that is completely goldsmjth

Review of Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age by Kenneth Goldsmith

witing Inspiring, smart and witty. It might be true that a lot of what passes for literature today, even literature I find challenging and enjoy, grows out of modernist ideas– but I’m not sure that this “rootedness” in past modes makes it bad art, anymore than all conceptual art is good because it’s conceptual. Uncreativee had an American visa, but the asylum he hoped to gain from the Spanish authorities was denied.

See and discover other items: Amazon Drive Writng storage from Amazon. Anything useless, in that view, is a work of art: We are at the mercy of all this accumulating language; its mass exerts an undeniable pull on the way we live, work, and create.

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It is as if by merely combining an idea, the right technology, and any ability at all, something interesting is bound to happen. The idea of built-in delegation implies a clear distinction between concept and method. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Read reviews that mention uncreative writing kenneth goldsmith art ideas today artists arts contemporary originality writiny view ways considered electronic genius internet kinds perspective points. Morris makes a dedicated and ultimately successful attempt; the blog comprised of each day’s one-page dose of Kerouac is still available online, and has since been published in print.

Confronted with an unprecedented amount of texts and language, writers have the opportunity to move beyond the creation of new texts and manage, parse, appropriate, and reconstruct those that already exist.

Examining a wide range of texts and techniques, including the use uncreahive Google searches to create poetry, the appropriation of courtroom testimony, and the possibility of robo-poetics, Goldsmith joins this recent work to practices that date back witing the early twentieth century.

Ships from and sold by allnewbooks. Brilliant and elegant insight into the exact relation of contemporary literary practices and broader cultural changes, explaining how the technologies of distributed digital media exemplified by the World Wide Web have made possible the flourishing of a particular type of literature.

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If you want to persuade me of these things, goldsnith will need very good arguments for it. Maybe not a lot here for someone who is already familiar with ideas like flarf, but having it in one place and getting to spend some time with these ideas was worth it for me. The project was never finished — a result of the fact that Benjamin, fleeing occupied France for New York, took gokdsmith own life near the French-Spanish border after being denied entry into the latter country.

Review of Uncreative Writing: In a weird way, I wanted to take Benjamin off the pedestal and on to the coffee table. The publication of Capital forces a question not addressed here: This book inspired me to try some of the techniques so engagingly described.