Un projet Labex Arts H2H
en /fr
2012 - 2016

Scene Poetry
By Piotr Marecki

Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland


The aim of the presentation is to introduce and put in context the phenomenon of scene poetry, which stems from demoscene activities. The demoscene was a phenomenon almost exclusively European, it developed among the first generation of teens, illegal boys, geeks growing up using PCs (in the 80. and 90.) This exceptional type of creative activity was based on collaborative work in the field of digital media and computational art. The most important genre of the scene were demos, programs the only purpose of which was to impress and demonstrate the possibilities of the computer. The demos are created in real time during demoparties, their effects are generated by a processor processing input data according to the created algorithm. The audience of demos constitutes of other participants of the parties, persons deeply involved in the scene, who can appreciate the beauty of the algorithm. Many demos are treated as a kind of video clip, hence the demoscene was usually contextualized as a phenomenon from the field of digital media and audiovisual art. There exist several demos of which an integral part is constituted by text and poetry. Among the sceners this type of work is called scene poetry. The creators of the demoscene are persons aware of computer platforms, their limits and possibilities. During the presentation the phenomenon of scene poetry will be presented on the example of a dozen demos, the catalog of which is the result of research, exploration of the scene environment and meetings with demosceners.


Tasajärvi, L. (2004). Demoscene: the art of real time, Even Lake Studios Helsinki, 2004.

Pouet.net Your Demoscene Resourse http://www.pouet.net/


About the author

Piotr Marecki is Assistant Professor at the Department of Contemporary Culture at the Institute of Culture at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and lecturer at the Polish National Film, Television and Theater School (PWSFTviT) in Łódź. He holds a PhD in cultural studies from The Jagiellonian University. Since 1999 he is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of "Ha!art" magazine, website newspaper and the Publishing House and charmain of the board at Korporacja Ha!art Foundation. His interests include Polish literature after 1989, independent culture, digital literature, and cultural margins. In 2013/2014 he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at MIT in Cambridge, MA. He is affiliated with the Electronic Literature Organization.


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