gregory ulmer

june 10th 1998

During the ensemblelogic project I will question the nature of "project" as such by wondering about what I am trying to do myself, what pattern or dynamic underlies and motivates my interest in choragraphy (what IS choragraphy and how does it work?).

The framing concern addresses the possibilities of cyberpidgin (the formation of a new discourse syncretically through the convergence and confrontation of native speakers from different cultures [even if we are all writing in English]. I am attempting a syncretism of Euro-theory with the wisdom traditions of oral civilizations.

One way I am posing this project now is by means of a remake of Gurdjieff's __Meetings With Remarkable Men__, which I have reconfigured as "Meetins with Remarkable [persons places things]. One meeting I would like to tell about is with David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of the "big three" muralists of Mexico, whom I met during the summer of 1967 while he was preparing a major work commissioned as part of Mexico's hosting of the Olympic Games.

My method is that of Nachtraglichkeit, making a second virtual visit now, with the significance of the first visit finally emerging suddenly due to something happening 30 years later.

Trauma, the missed encounter.

The purpose of discussing this and related projects is to encourage others to try similar experiments themselves, so that we might collaboratively test the potential of cyberpidgin as a discourse more adequate to sustaining the cultural diversity of meetings online.
Gregory Ulmer is the author of APPLIED GRAMMATOLOGY (1985); TELETHEORY - GRAMMATOLOGY IN THE AGE OF VIDEO (1989) and HEURETICS - THE LOGIC OF INVENTION (1994). He is a founding member of the Florida Research Ensemble and the University of Florida Networked Writing Environment Greg teaches at The University of Florida.