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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