untitled (to reconstruct)

untitled (to reconstruct)


In Jason Nelson’s second addition to the page_space experiment we also observe a doubling of Jody Zellen’s text which inhabits both Deena Larsen’s “Cut to the Flesh” and Nelson’s “plus/minus” space. The double use of a singular text in distinct spaces reveals the effects of visual and mechanistic structure on the meaning of the text. Zellen reworks Nelson’s space to create a poetic city, a grid of static text over a pulsating background literally populated with tiny images, urban blobs and shifting networks. The text/poem becomes a choice of intersection, its meaning both appearing and disappearing according to the lines we wish to follow. One can go back only by losing what they have gained. Unlike in “Cut to the Flesh” Zellen’s textual “cuts” in Nelson’s page_space remain on the screen, becoming avenues on which we linger – scars on the urban body.