Craig Saper
Professor and Coordinator
Texts & Technology PhD Program
Department of English

Curriculum Vitae

              Artificial Mythologies
A Guide to Cultural Invention
Craig J. Saper
Foreword by Laura Kipnis
Available here.
                  Networked Art
Craig J. Saper
Univ. of Minnesota Press, July 2001
Available here.
The Fluxus Reader
by edited by Ken Friedman Chicester
West Sussex , New York : Academy Editions, 1998
"Fluxus as a Laboratory"
by Craig Saper
Available here
Directed by Allen Smithee
Jeremy Braddock and Stephen Hock, Editors
Foreword by Andrew Sarris
Included essays by Craig Saper
University of Minnesota Press, 2000
Available here
    Networked Economies: Six Degrees of Boggs by Craig Saper

Craig Saper at the Kelly Writers House presents on Fluxus
"Something Else Politics"

Networking Artists & Poets
: Assembling's from the Ruth & Marvin Sackner
Archive of Concrete & Visual Poetry Curated by Craig Saper

Craig Saper, “Introduction: Interactive Style”
    "Critical Practice: The cultural studies method seeks to explain the determining contexts of particular texts, whereas semiotic studies often limit analysis to the internal workings of texts. neither cultural studies, which examines how contexts determine aesthetic production, nor semiotics, which studies the structures of texts, enables us to focus on a third possibility: social situations that function as part of an artwork or poem (that is sociopoetic works)." Saper, Craig, J. Networked Art.

" Sociopoetics: When aesthetic and poetic decisions embodied in artworks lead to a heightened or changed social situation, one needs to describe these forms as sociopoetic rather than as artworks within particular social contexts. The social situation is part of a sociopoetic experiment." Saper, Craig, J. Networked Art.

"It is not simply that audiences play a role in understanding and appreciating certain formal or semantic patterns; the audience also functions as part of the code, especially when we examine texts that are dependent on networks." Saper, Craig, J. Networked Art.

"In sociopoetic works, this inherently social process of constructing texts is expanded to the point that individual pages or poems mean less than the distribution and compilation machinery or social apparatus." Saper, Craig, J. Networked Art.

"Intimate bureaucracy: An intimate bureaucracy makes poetic use of the trappings of large bureaucratic systems and procedures (e.g., logos, stamps) to create intimate aesthetic situations, including the pleasures of sharing a special knowledge or a new language among a small network of participants." Saper, Craig, J. Networked Art.

"Situation machine: The computer, first and foremost, represents itself and its workings. it does not have a singular mechanical process; rather, it depends on a series of translations from one code to the next in order to work. likewise, the Internet is a situation-making machine rather than a thing." Saper, Craig, J. Networked Art.
    Poetics of Adjacency, a graduate theory seminar.
Artificial Mythologies - International Relations Through Popular Culture.

Seminar in Critical Theory: Electronic Textuality Course cites Saper's Intimate Bureaucracies &
Infrastructuralism: Networked Introduction to Assemblings
    Craig Saper, Professor and Coordinator of the Texts and Technology PhD program in the English Department at UCF, is the author of Networked Art (2001) and Artificial Mythologies (1997), both published by the University of Minnesota Press. He has published more than 50 articles and reviews including recent chapters in Directed by Allen Smithee and The Fluxus Reader. He has edited multiple volumes, organized conferences, curated exhibits, and is on the editorial boards of a number of journals . He was previously on the faculty at Indiana and Penn, and since the late 1990s he has served first as the Director of the New Media Center and other administrative positions, and later as Associate Professor at The University of the Arts.

Professor Saper received his Ph.D. in English from University of Florida in 1990.
His academic interests include Digital Rhetoric, Film and Media Studies, Networked Art and Literature.
          Craig Saper:
Office CNH-405
Office Phone 823-5329
Lynn, Craig's wife, is an experimental animator specializing in an unusual animation technique known as clay-painting, or clay-on-glass animation.
She is director of Summer Kitchen Studio.

Lynn Tomlinson: