Modular Form as a Curatorial Practice

Kaja Marczewska

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    This article discusses a curatorial approach to authorship as a model for thinking about what I describe as
    an iterative modular poem, a poetic text composed of appropriated segments. As a response to contemporary
    proliferation of literary and artistic works created by iterative means, i.e. through acts of appropriation,
    remixing and remediation, the article is an attempt at putting forward ‘the curatorial’ as an emerging
    paradigm of writing for the twenty-first century. The article approaches established paradigms of authorship,
    creativity and originality as inadequate with respect to contemporary experimental poetic practices to
    suggest a shift from creating to collecting and curating as a possible alternative model for thinking about
    instances of iterative creative writing. The argument focuses on Robert Fitterman’s Holocaust Museum
    (2011) as an example of an iterative modular poem and a text emblematic of such curatorial approach to
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)121-138
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Writing in Creative Practice
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    • modular form
    • appropriation poetics
    • iterative writing
    • the curatorial
    • Robert Fitterman
    • Vilém Flusser


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