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STATEMENT FEBRUARY 2010
Computer systems produce an unprecedented wealth of text, only the smallest part of which is contributed by users. Protocols, listings, algorithms, programmes, source codes, universal binary codes – the background operations of the systems themselves write a massively larger share.
These text units – produced, read and transmitted by computers – internalize transcodability and transliterality as the computer system's basic underlying operating principle. The emerging forms of text take place between writing systems and text generators.
They produce a new kind of analphabetism, as most of their consumers cannot read nor write them, yet they are involved in our thoughts, as Nietzsche put it, and so become the cultural codes of our generation.
TRAUMAWIEN perceives these new structures of text as literature. Literature is a system of virtualization in imagination – always describing braking points in our perception of the world.
TRAUMAWIEN considers the paradox of transferring late-breaking digital aesthetics into book form, as new media narrative snapshots of literary genres otherwise quickly lost in the immense output produced by web every second.
TRAUMAWIEN book publications help to highlight technological innovations while at the same time questioning imminent issues of text production in virtual space.
Our range includes networked texts, algorithmic texts, interfictions, chatlogs, codeworks, software art and visual prose, and researches possible ENTANGLEMENTS between the object book and virtual space in form of augmented reality hybrid books of which the first is being published in July 2010.
TRAUMAWIEN publications are understood as schemes in which the "author" remains, but already is marginalized. The author – in the perfect trauma book – remains exchangeable by the form of possible writing, writing systems, generating genre.