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Chris Funkhouser, #4artforfreedom


Multimedia artist and musician Chris Funkhouser is author of Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archeology of Forms, 1959-1995 (2007), New Directions in Digital Poetry (2012), pressAgain (Free Dogma, 2014), Subsoil Lutes (Beard of Bees, 2014), Electro Þerdix (Least Weasel, 2011), LambdaMOO_Sessions (Writer’s Forum, 2006), and an e-book (CD-ROM), Selections 2.0, published by the Faculty of Creative Multimedia at Multimedia University (Malaysia), where he was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in 2006. He is a Professor and Director of the Communication and Media program at New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Contributing Editor at PennSound. See for more information.


In “#4artforfreedom” I sustain a mode of writing I began in 2007: exploring possibilities in creating anagrammatic digital poetry in multimedia contexts—now with the added feature of enabling multiple sonic possibilities. Works like this represent my own way of seeing language and imagery (in poetic texts) as a sustainable, or at least self-sustaining, self-supported form. For “Art for Freedom” I was thinking about gender equity, and the need—from Confucius, who I revise, onward—to demand parity. My presentation reflects and oscillates between the physical strength of everyone, visualizing a sensibility that bestows power to all. I render a plain yet artful visual aesthetic in order to support an unconventional and inventive constraint-based verse.

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