Interrupt II . IInterrupt . In2rupt . Twonterrupt . ErruptInt2 . I2 . I&/I


Featured Participants


JODI, Vanessa Place, David Jhave Johnston, Joan Retallack, Roberto Simanowski, Ian Hatcher, Chris Novello, Sandy Baldwin, Stephanie Strickland, Tim Ramick, V. Manuscript, Armaranth Borsuk

IRQ Participants


cris cheek, Roderick Coover, Penny Florence, Aden Evens, Chris Funkhouser & Sophia Sobers, Natalia Fedorova & Taras Mashtalir, Judd Morrissey, Special America (Claire Donato & Jeff T. Johnson), Alan Sondheim, Maria Damon, Stephanie Boluk & Patrick LeMieux, Members of the Banff Crew


Many others ...

Very soon this year, we will host another Interrupt at Brown University, Providence RI, USA.

There will be performances, presentations, gallery shows, site specific works, as well as our infamous riposte to the panel-with-papers: Interrupt Discussion Sessions (IRQds - see below).

This event is neither conference nor festival. In line with new thinking that aims to reconfigure research-driven interdisciplinary aesthetic practice - now brought to focus at Brown's Granoff Center for the Creative Arts - we will with our event as a Studio.

You are invited to the Interrupt II Studio, featuring our esteemed and delightfully disruptive headliners: JODI.

The dates of the Studio will be February 10-12, 2012. Events will be scheduled from Friday afternoon through early Sunday afternoon. There will be fringe events pre- and post-Interrupt, including a literary 'Smut Night' at AS220, downtown Providence, on Sunday evening.

Details continually updated on this web site.

Extracts from a description of Interrupt:

In computing, an interrupt (IRQ) is a command sent to the central processor (CPU), demanding its attention and calling for the initiation of a new task. Interrupt II will be a three-day International Studio celebrating writing and performance in digital media. Readings, performances and screenings will take place February 10-12, 2012, along with Interrupt Discussion Sessions (IRQds) investigating the theme of interruption in digital literary art and performance. Events will take place on the Brown and RISD campuses, organized by graduate and undergraduate students associated with the Department of Literary Arts and RISD Digital+Media.

As organizers of Interrupt II, we are interested in the interruptions that digitally-mediated writing and performance can initiate, as well as in identifying the systematic functions that digitally-mediated writing and performance can interrupt. Our aim is to create a Studio, broadly conceived, in which invited guests and community members not only interrupt trends in the field of literary aesthetics, but execute their interruption routines as informed critiques of the systemic sociopolitical forces that condition the very possibility of the expanded writing practices with which we engage.

IRQds: the workings of an Interrupt Discussion Session

IRQds are organized so as to encourage the maximum possible open discussion amongst all those attending. There will be a number of prominent, named artists, theorists, and researchers who have been invited to speak, but we do not ask them to give papers or even panel-style presentations. Instead they will prepare a five-minute IRQ. An IRQ maybe take any form - typically expository or performative. However, an IRQ should invite further processing in terms of discussion. The IRQds will be chaired by a designated CPU. The CPU will process but not generate IRQs. Further guidelines:

- Invited and named speakers are asked, if at all possible, to attend all the IRQds scheduled for the Studio whether or not they hold an IRQ for a particular session. Invited participants will be seated in a large circle during each IRQds, with other attendees surrounding this circle or overlooking it on raked seating.
- At each IRQds four or five of the named speakers will have the right to use their IRQ. At any time they may interrupt the discussion and hold the floor, uninterrupted, for a maximum of five minutes (no minimum).
- One of the named speakers - chosen randomly or by consensus - will begin each IRDds with their five-minute intervention, and so use up their IRQ. If the chosen IRQ holder does not wish to begin the discussions, they may instead nominate another IRQ holder.
- Once a speaker has completed their IRQ, discussion is open to all attendees, including the other IRQ holders. Discussion will be strictly chaired: all interruptions of all kinds must pass through the CPU.
- The remaining speakers with IRQs are asked to attend carefully to the discussion and - rather in the manner of an old-school Quaker meeting minus the ritual - listen for the moment when their prepared IRQ would be most beneficial to the overall IRQds' expressive processing.

Interrupt II is generously supported by Brown University's Creative Art Council and organized under the auspices of the Department of Literary Arts, in particular its Electronic Writing/Literary Hypermedia program. Key organizers: Nalini Abhiraman, Mimi Cabell, John Cayley, Angela Ferraiolo, Edrex Fontanilla, Ari Kalinowski, Clement Valla (RISD), and the Writing Digital Media Cadre. There will be many others to thank for the event. The website of the previous Interrupt may be visited here.