The net-literature-project „appleinspace“ plays with the appropriation
of the world. The experimental piece of net literature deals with the complete
works of Reinhard Döhl and the linguistic and communicative possibilities
of internet search engines.
Reinhard Döhl's probably most famous work is the concrete Apfelgedicht (Apple Poem) from 1965. The apple is designed with the continuously repeated word "apfel". The words are arranged to form an image of an apple. Visual poetry. And right in the middle is the worm.
But time didn't stand still for the worm either. 30 years later it bites its way through an apple in Johannes Auer's net poem "worm applepie for döhl". The worm is animated - greedy and insatiable. It grows and grows until the apple is eaten. And then the game around worm and apple and Adam and Eve begins again.
„appleinspace“ now refers to Reinhard Döhl's and Johannes Auer's apple art. The Döhlian apple ventures into virtual space and is confronted with a permanent buzz of real thoughts. Thoughts and ideas which can also be found in Reinhard Döhl's complete work infiltrate the apple. However, they don't eat it up, but rather fill the apple with Döhlian ideas.
Vienna, Radio Ö1, Kunstradio – Radiokunst, November 9, 2004: ran – real audio netliterature; curated by johannes auer. mensch - maschine:: apple in space:: search the world.