Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cape Spear

One of the more interesting writing projects of late is an ongoing intervention by Duane Linklater, where the artist inserts information into the Wikipedia entry for Cape Spear that its editors deem unworthy. Worthiness in this case is based on Wikipedia's "goals," which are, according to editor Steve Crayan, "to inform and elucidate, and any contribution to an article should hold those two words paramount."

What I particularly enjoy about Duane's project is that it challenges a more recent and polemical writing project served up in the name of literary vanguardism -- conceptual writing -- which derides expressionistic texts in favour of remodelling those already in existence, the kind of banal informational texts one might find sanctioned by Wikipedia, under the category of "reference."

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