Twenty-one years after participating in the first HTMlles Festival, J. R. Carpenter returns with Things Rarely Turn Out the Way I Intend Them To, a performance/lecture copresented by the HTMlles Festival and OBORO. Social media has exponentially expanded the audience for web-based art and writing, but the hashtag operates largely within proprietary zones of the internet governed by neoliberal corporations. What does it mean to write into spaces we don’t own? When does success constitute a failure? Will the new ever get old? Things Rarely Turn Out the Way I Intend Them To reflects with humour on failures and becomings engendered by women web artists and writers over the past quarter of a century or so. It prompts us to think about how far we’ve come, to figure out how far we have yet to go.
Things Rarely Turn Out the Way I Intend Them To (Or the Internet Will Never Catch On)
© J.R. Carpenter, 2018