In > E-Poetry 2011, S. U. New York, Buffalo, E.U.A., 18-21 Mai 2011. (Co-autor: Rui Torres)

Abstract > The creation of a digital archive of experimental literature forces us to address two sets of theoretical and technical problems. The first set of problems originates at the level of the source materials for the archive. The second set of problems clusters around issues posed by the new archival medium. Experimental literary objects, practices, and events often consist of an interaction between notational forms on paper and site-specific live performances. Thus the eventuality of literary meaning is dramatically foregrounded by turning the text into a script for an act whose live performance co-constitutes the work. Many of these performative practices are poorly documented and yet they may exist in several media and several versions. The first set of questions then has to deal with selecting from the source materials those documentary evidences that will come to refer to, that is, to define a given body of works and live performances of works. As regards the digital representation and classification of the source materials, we may need to follow the hypertext rationale established by scholarly electronic editions of literary and artistic works. This means producing digital facsimiles and digital transcriptions, marking up variations and versions, and creating elaborate metadata both about the digital surrogates and their source objects. We also need to work with a model of electronic space that takes full advantage of its aggregative and collaborative functionalities as a new space for using the archived materials in new contexts, including teaching, research, and other creative practices.