Tributaries & Text-Fed Streams

Launch Event: Saturday, May 24th, 2008, 7:30pm, Helen Pitt Gallery, 102-148 Alexander St., Vancouver, BC.
The work will be simultaneously launched on

What are the creative and poetic possibilities of RSS syndication and how might the introduction of omnipresent, iterative publishing processes affect our experience of digital literature? How can a book be transformed and reworked through an exploration of the formal and aesthetic structure of the stream?

TCR Issue 2-50 : Artifice and Intelligence Tributaries & Text-Fed Streams is a project by J.R. Carpenter in which Carpenter approaches the text of an issue of literary quarterly The Capilano Review (TCR) as a raw material in the creation of a new artwork.

Carpenter draws on a range of strategies and traditions including literary criticism, illustration, blogging, coding, writing, and digital intervention, using these to articulate an experimental space that equates and associates water with text.

The work is an eddy within the internet, a place where information – commentary, image, text, metadata – coalesce for a moment, before flowing back out into and through other channels. The written word mixes and dissolves, never static, not quite discrete. Related imagery circulates within and without the confines of the artwork, raising questions of boundary. We navigate within this work as we would through wild, quiet rivers. Reading is wayfinding. We pass through texts and text fragments, through citations, links, footnotes, self-author, other-author, patches of whimsy. Social media meets scholarly tracemaking. Categories become headwaters: comments, islands. It is a “text-fed stream”, moving with undercurrents and process.

The work extends our experience of the nature of the digital stream and invites new questions about material, temporality, repetition, and the archive in connection with the electronic word.

-Kate Armstrong, 2008

Join us on Saturday, May 24th at 7:30 pm at Helen Pitt Gallery in Vancouver, BC, to launch this new artwork by Montreal-based writer and artist J.R. Carpenter, commissioned by The Capilano Review and curated by Kate Armstrong. The work will be simultaneously launched on

The launch event will feature a reading by the artist in addition to a programme of experimental readings by practitioners in disparate fields such as quantum physics, geography, and poetics, arranged to explore ideas of streams, seriality, or flow. Participants include Maria Lantin, Michael Boyce, Jeremy Venditti, Global Telelanguage Resources, and J.R. Carpenter.

After this short program there will be a reception.

Saturday, May 24th, 2008, 7:30pm
Helen Pitt Gallery
102-148 Alexander Street
Vancouver, BC
Sliding scale: $5-$10


Tributaries & Text- Fed Streams:
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TCR Issue 2-50 : "Artifice and Intelligence":
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