“Self Portraits(s) [as Other(s)]” by Talan Memmott

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“Self Portraits(s) [as Other(s)]” by Talan Memmott

Talan Memmott’s 2003 work Self Portrait(s) [as Other(s)] situates itself within an art historical context by presumably introducing the reader to self-portraits of artists from between 1756 to 1954, allowing the reader to simply click through what might conventionally pass for a mundane educational presentation.

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“Toy Garbage” by Talan Memmott

Screen capture from "Toy Garbage" by Talan Memmott. Pastel pink, blue and beige stripes as a background with lines of teal text as a foreground. Text "PLUSH OIKACHUS HIDE THE POGO STICKS / VIEWMASTERS CONTEMPLATE! / BARBIES CONTEMPLATE! / FURBY TAGS THE DIAPERS. / ROLE-PLAY AS THE TINKER - TOY TEDDY BEAR / HAZARDOUS! / ACTION FIGURES KICK THE RAGGEDY ANDYS. / SUPER MARIOS CUDDLE! / PLUSH PIKACHU SEEKS THE DOLLY. / TEETHE ON THE TOXIC TEDDY BEAR / HAZARDOUS! / RAGGEDY ANN SEEKS THE BOUNCE HOUSE. / POGO STICKS DESTORY! / RATTLES REVOLT! / BARBIES SEEK THE SIPPY CUPS."
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This generative poem re-purposes the code in “Tokyo Garage” and produces a remix of “Taroko Gorge” that is also an inversion of the natural world. As the poem unfolds like an endless stream of Toy Story outtakes (in which toys gain a life of their own when away from the children that own them), but with other older toys, many of which are no longer in circulation. Words like “toxic” remind us of some of the reasons these toys were recalled or discontinued. The poem also reminds us of how much waste is generated by the toy industry, as does the climactic scene in Toy Story 3 (image below).

Screen capture from Toy Story 3 scene where tho toys are found in the dumpster and are trying to escape from the furnace that is burning all the garbage. Woody is looking towards the fire and how it is destroying the garbage ahead of him.

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“Delimited Meshings” by Talan Memmott

Screen capture of “Delimited Meshings” by Talan Memmott. Title page of poem, divided vertically with appendix on right side and floorplan sketch on left. Text: "Delimitied Meshings, a white paper, talan memmott, SORTS, Appendix, Equilabryt, Opera, Missed.Story, Narcisystems."
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“Disposable Language” by Talan Memmott, et. al.

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“Disposable Language” by Talan Memmott, et. al.

This performance is based on Memmott’s video poem “NONCE.EXECUTOR” a poem that juxtaposes words with phrases and images that somehow define or describe them. The dancers are positioned between the screen and a disheveled blonde doll sitting on the front of the stage with a spotlight shining on it. The dancers’ movements are very doll-like, making stiff movements that emphasize their joints and how they bend and rotate on dolls. Are the dancers an explanation or description of the doll?

The title and the performance are reminiscent of Memmott’s Taroko Gorge remix, “Toy Garbage,” a poem that shares his darkly satirical vision.

“Disposable Language”
Choreography: Ashley Peters
Poetry: Talan Memmott (“NONCE.EXECUTOR”)
Dancers: Samantha Crosby, Danielle Delong, Julie Marazzo, Kristina Merrill, Shannon Moore,
Megan Rutkowski, Holli Simme, Julia Tomanovich, Emily Wilhelm

The Electronic Literature Collection, Vol. 2: A Retrospect

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“Lexia to Perplexia” by Talan Memmott

Screen capture of "Lexia to Perplexia" by Talan Memmott. A black-and-white eye is displayed over two grid-like images. Text: "(incomplete)"
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