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/ubu editions

Caroline Bergvall

56 Pages

The product of a year-long collaboration between Bergvall and the designer Marit Muenzberg, /ubu's web version of Eclat ups the ante on what can be done with a poetry e-book. The print version of Eclat, a slender yellow-covered volume, first appeared from chris cheek's Sound & Language press in England in 1997; the text itself was the byproduct, or page interpretation, of a walk-through performance environment that Bergvall had developed the previous year. This Acrobat version is the first in our series to use color as a central component, thereby complicating the screen-to-print relationship and foregrounding the invisible DMZs of technological remediation, but it also investigates the very architectural borders of a computer text file, thus turning the once innocent "margin" into a malleable facet of its poetic grammar (and the page into a frame of a flip-book). This document, a sort of fetish object in itself despite its immateriality, makes of our screens and printers vessels of language.