explorations in the text(ure) of information: a deeper dive
so, like it says in my logo and elsewhere on this site, i intend to use this space to explore the “text(ure) of information.” i also said that i don’t know exactly what that phrase means yet, but that through the process of creating this site – of designing, writing, posting, coding, i plan to uncover the meaning of the phrase as it relates to my journey.let’s start by talking about the phrase itself. first of all, i came up with “text(ure) of information” on my own. i didn’t “borrow” the phrase from anyone else (at least not consciously). interestingly, after googling the exact phrase (just moments ago), i learned how very unoriginal it is with 4,930 results attributed to it. but that’s ok. in fact, it’s more than ok, it’s actually pretty fabulous that the phrase has been used in so many different “texts” and “contexts” – from a manifesto on webimpressionism to a william gibson novel all tomorrow’s parties to an article which uses it to describe every-day social interactions.
i chose the phrase intuitively when considering possible taglines for my popupoems logo. i went with it because i liked the way it looked juxtaposed against the word popuppoems, aesthetics playing a heavy hand as it often does. i also liked the multiple meanings conjured with the spelling of “text(ure)” using the parenthesis, where the word “text” embedded with the word “texture”can (and should) be read as a nod to literary theory (a primary lens for this project) as well as a nod to the advent of SMS, now simply referred to as “texting” (which pretty much altered the landscape of communication, not unlike every technological advent that preceded it, although we won’t go down that road today).
now let’s take a look at the words that make up the phrase and why they work for me in the context of this project.
- exploring. i don’t know about you, but when i think of the word “exploring” i think of adventure, freedom, risk, challenge. i think of someone out in nature, cutting through the bramble to clear a path just wide enough for walking, stopping to investigate the sights and sounds when that seems like the right thing to do to support learning, but not lingering too long with any one thing, because, after all, there is a lot to explore.
- texture. i have a very visual representation of the word texture, kind of like the photos of the walls in my soon obsoleteproject. i think of surface and depth…dimension and colors…cracks, gaps and overlaps…organic growth from one thing to the next, blurring the boundaries until they are disguised but still visible, like a scar where the skin has healed over itself creating a palpable, visual reminder of transformation over time.
- information. unlike the word “texture” for which i’m able to access understanding through a visual representation, i find the word “information” to be a slippery slag, indeed. ever time i consider the definition of the word, i find myself at a loss for conveying anything relatively coherent. the word itself seems to float in the ether as an abstraction, signifying both too much and not enough. every now and again, i do my best to pull it down from “the cloud” into “real time” where i manipulate it into carrying meaning, if only for a fleeting moment. and it’s this process, the slipperiness of the word, the wrestling with meaning, that’s exciting to me. information is a word of possibility.