Apologies for cross posting.
Here's an interview with Kenji Siratori, whose novel _Blood Electric_ was j=
ust released (it's described as "rendering English-language cyberpunk insta=
ntly redundant" with "relentless, murderous prose-drive").
This is a sample of what's now available at the Loop (www.clc.wvu.edu/loop)=
: writing/codework/poetics online / everywhere / created by students / facu=
lty at West Virginia University.
Interview with Kenji Siratori
Q1: Can you discuss inspirations for your writing? I'm thinking of Burrough=
s and Guyotat - does that sound right? Are there other sources?
A1: Burroughs and Guyotat, they are sexual viruses–language cell that erod=
es electronics–my writing was born to the horizon of such techno music–im=
mediately construct the digital narrative of data flesh. The gig of nerve t=
Q2: You work in several media - text, computer graphics, mp3. Is one medium=
primary? Do you adopt different approaches and theories for different medi=
A2: All the media are the conceptual machine of gene dub–I use a hypertext=
ual hardweb as one of the method that processes data–becomes the motive po=
wer that causes data mutation. And the digital narrative formation of the o=
Q3: Can you talk about how you produce your texts? I'm very interested in p=
rocedural or method texts, and I sense your work in some ways falls into th=
is category. I mentioned Burroughs and Guyotat above, and both had particul=
ar - though very different - techniques and source materials. With your wor=
k, I notice the use of certain kind of punctuation (…, =, and so on) an=
d certain repeated terms (ADAM, dogs, etc.), but I'm not clear if these ref=
lect a method or not.
A3: I explode the conceptual character on text. As the result of gene dub t=
hat was perceived. Burroughs and Guyotat break down the unit of a cell–in =
other words the human body is caused to text hallucination–I extract the d=
ata flesh of digital narrative gene dub.
Q4: Your works often thematize contagion, biotech, flesh machines, and so o=
n. Can you talk about these themes and how your writing engages them?
A4: Thescreen changed the human body to a hardweb–decay of the digital nar=
rative by nanocommercialism, strategy of the data flesh that turned with th=
e survival game–my writing maps digital narrative gene dub like virus engi=
Q5: You recently released released a series of Biocapture poems, which you =
call the "prototype codework" Is this a new direction for you, i.e. working=
with Flash animation?
A5: Strategy that the literary code is networking–data layer of the era re=
spiration-byte that is in discharge condition–the genome=screen makes re=
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