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The Afterlives of Georges Perec

Edited by Rowan Wilken, Justin Clemens

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Examines Perec's impact on architecture, art, design, media, electronic communications, computing and the everyday

  • What do Perec's descriptions of the minutiae of everyday life reveal about our use of information and communications technologies?
  • What happens if we read Life: A User’s Manual as a toolbox of ideas for games studies?
  • What light does the concept of the ‘infra-ordinary’ shed on social media?
  • What insights does algorithmic writing generate for the digital humanities?
  • What lessons can architects, artists, game-designers and writers draw from Perec's fascination with creative constraints?
  • Through an examination of such questions, this collection takes Perec scholarship beyond its existing limits to offer new ways of rethinking our present.

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List of Figures
Notes on Contributors

1. Posthumous News: The Afterlives of Georges Perec, Justin Clemens & Rowan Wilken

Part 1: Art of the (Un)realizable
2. Georges Perec’s Enduring Presence in the Visual Arts, Mireille Ribière
3. Apoetic Life: Perec, Poetry, Pneumatology, Justin Clemens
4. UnSearching for Rue Simon-Crubellier: Perec Out-of-Sync, Darren Tofts
5. Invoking the Oracle: Perec, Algorithms, and Conceptual Writing, Mark Wolff

Part 2: The Poetics of the Quotidian and Urban Space
6. Georges Perec and the Significance of the Insignificant, Ben Highmore
7. What Perec Was Looking For: Notes on Automation, The Everyday, and Ethical Writing, Caroline Bassett
8. ‘Things That Should Be Short': Perec, Sei Shōnagon, Twitter, and the Uses of Banality, Anthony McCosker & Rowan Wilken

Part 3: Ludic Intensities and Creative Constraints
9. Perec and the Politics of Constraint, Alison James
10. The Architecture of Constraint and Forgetting, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady
11. Georges Perec: A Player’s Manual, Thomas Apperley

Part 4: Productive Problems of Description and Transcription
12. ‘"An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris": Georges Perec, Observer-writer of Urban Life, as a Mobile Locative Media User’, Christian Licoppe
13. The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog: Perec, Description, and the Scene of Everyday Computer Use, Rowan Wilken

14. The Afterlives of a Writer, David Bellos


About the Author

Rowan Wilken is Principal Research Fellow of Design and Social Context in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT. He is the author of Teletechnologies, Place, and Community (Routledge, 2011), and co-editor of Locative Media (Routledge, 2014) and Mobile Technology and Place (Routledge, 2012).

Justin Clemens is Associate Professor in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne.


A literally fabulous introduction to Perec’s work, still relatively unknown in the Anglophone world – a treasure trove of clues as to where previously unknown riches are to be found in the multidimensional oeuvre which this Parisian polymath bequeathed us – full of unforeseen marvels and infra-ordinary wonders.

- David Morley, Goldsmiths College

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