The two videos, Bibliographic Sound Track and The Ph.D Sound, examine how a book might be diffused into a general operating system, in this case a much maligned genre of office productivity software: PowerPoint. The two works explore communications platforms such as Twitter, SMS, status updates, IM chats, programming languages, video game walk-throughs, the couplet, the overhead transparency, indexes, public domain bibliographies, RSS, tables of plates, and the Powerpoint slide, as they affect reading and literary genres. The screening event performs an audience’s communal reading in an environment that has absorbed everything next to it in the room – from bibliographies to the smell of wet spanghum peat moss, the perfume Wet London Pavement, Glade Everglade Air Freshener and the music of New Order and Lucky Dragons.
Tan Lin is the author of more than ten books, including Heath (Plagiarism/Outsource) (2009)
Date: Tuesday September 24, 2013 : 18h15-19h45
Place: Grand auditorium de la BNF, quai François Mauriac, 75013 Paris