Speakers’ Profiles INTRE:FACE: Hannes Bajohr

© Julia Pelta Feldman, 2014

Hannes Bajohr received his M.A. in philosophy from Humboldt University in Berlin, and is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University, New York.

His research focuses on Hans Blumenberg’s theory of language, political philosophy, and digital literature. As a practitioner, Bajohr is part of the writers’ collective 0x0a.

His last works include Timidities (Berlin: Readux, 2015), a collection of corpus poetry, and Code and Concept (Berlin: Frohmann, 2016), an edited anthology on conceptual and digital literature.

About 0x0a:

0x0a is a writers’ collective for Digital Literature. At the moment, its members are Gregor Weichbrodt and Hannes Bajohr.

0x0a is the hex code for the line feed. It is a symbol that does not have an analogue in the analog. It cannot be pronounced and exists only as “control character.” It is thus the ideal symbol for the attempt to produce genuinely Digital Literature. 0x0a strives to be a workshop, a laboratory, a showcase and a focal point for digital conceptual literature. We want to start the discussion about this form of literature in Germany and beyond.

What is the Digital? A great promise: Everything is text. Images, sounds, movies are text. Even text is text. For it is not itself the last word, but only a wave on a submarine system of signs. Even the word “word” is, one level below, encoded as 57 6F 72 74 in hexadecimals, and lower again, as 01010111 01101111 01110010 01110100 in binary

Digital literature is not digitized literature. You can translate between the Digital and the analogue, but any such translation is both loss and gain, interpretation and distortion. Just as each medium creates its own reality, so does the Digital. The Digital has a different reality from the analog.

0x0a researches the possibilities of the Digital in text.

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