N. Katherine Hayles | Distributed Cognition at/in Work Strickland, Lawson Jaramillo, and Ryan’s slippingglimpse


Slippingglimpse exemplifies how distributed cognition is being imagined and instantiated in contemporary electronic literature. The structure enacts a threefold recursive cycle between human and non-human cognizers in which the water ‘reads’ the poem text, the videography ‘reads’ the water, and the poem text ‘reads’ image capture technology. The work raises profound questions about the nature of ‘reading’ in the digital age, the collaborations possible between human and non-human agents, and the significance of the recursive loops that connect humans to the environment.

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