Sunday, September 26, 2010
Another one-word concept prompt this week: flarf.
The term flarf was coined by the poet Gary Sullivan. He defined it as a quality of intentional or unintentional "flarfiness." A kind of corrosive, cute, or cloying, awfulness. Wrong. Un-P.C. Out of control. "Not okay."
Flarf is a creature of the electronic age. The flarf method typically involves using word combinations turned up in Google searches. Or, as Ron Silliman wrote: This seems to me the essence of flarf, frankly, the whole idea of asking what is “appropriate” is to suggest that the definitions thereof might be in flux.
The link between comics and flarf has been made before (see Gary Sullivan’s ‘Am I emo?’ and several so called flarfstrips – in dutch – by the dutch flarf collective), but there’s still a lot to explore.
How do we work with google search results in poemics? How does the internet affect our visual culture? Can what is supposed to be rubbish be used to create art/poemics? Is this a form of recycling? Will the results of this PI be “appropriate”?
As always, if you post work in response to this PI, note that in your title. If you are just passing through and want to play, consider joining the contributors here or post a link to your work at a site of your choosing in the comments section below.