My research and practice explore the extraordinary potential for writing digital media: writing in digital media, and writing[transitive] digital media. Most recently my work engages ambient poetics in programmable media, and writing in and for immersive 3D virtual reality systems, with parallel theoretical research concerning the role of code in writing, and the (intrinsic) temporal properties of textuality.
John Cayley has practiced as a poet, translator, publisher, and bookdealer, and all these activities have often intersected with his training in Chinese culture and language. Links to his internationally recognized writing in networked and programmable media are at programmatology.shadoof.net. His last printed book of poems, adaptations and translations was Ink Bamboo (London: Agenda & Belew, 1996). Cayley was the winner of the Electronic Literature Organization's Award for Poetry 2001. He has taught at a number of universities in the United Kingdom, and was an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of English, Royal Holloway College, University of London. In the United States, he has taught or directed research at the University of California San Diego and twice previously at Brown before becoming a long-term Visiting Professor in 2007 and then regular faculty in January 2011.
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