Aesthetics of Visual Noise in Digital Literary Arts
The essay analyzes the phenomenon of digital poems representative of the use of a visually “busy” and typographically dense aesthetic. The essay focuses on digital works, such as Spawn by Andy Campbell, Diagram Series 6 by Jim Rosenberg, and Leaved Life by Anne Frances Wysocki. The author argues that a dominant aesthetic technique of these works, which is called “visual noise,” is generated by a tactilely responsive surface in combination with visual excess. This in turn requires an physical engagement from the reader/user in order for a reading to take place.