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11'22" is a sound landscape / poem / art work created using audio samples collected from electronic literature, language, and literacy conferences. The intent is to broadly explore electronic language through the act of listening. The work's title comes from its length, eleven minutes and twenty two seconds.


Object: Audio
Format: mp3
Bit Rate: 356kbs
Duration: 11:22
Created: 2017
Creator: John F. Barber

Exhibitions / Publications / Broadcasts

  • FILE 2017 FILE 2017 (Electronic Language International Festival)
    Electronic Language International Festival
    (Juried; 1 of 17 international artists selected)
    Hypersonica Program, Fiesp Cultural Center
    São Paulo, Brazil
    18 July-3 September 2017


I have come to treasure listening to your works as though I were hearing an aural collage. Thank you so much for including some of my work in these wonderful pieces!
—Marjorie Lusenbrink (AKA M.D. Coverley)


Procession from Egypt: The Book of Going Forth by Day. M.D. Coverley. Samples. Learn more.
Definition of electronic literature. Justine Bizzochi. Complete. Learn more.
eLiterature A-Z. Roderick Coover. Complete. Learn more.
The Obsolete Book in a Post-Obsolete World . . .. Eric Suzanne. Multiple samples. Learn more.
What Is Electronic Literature. Various. Multiple samples. Learn more.
Clock atop the Arco da Rua Augusta, a triumphal arch leading out of Lisbon's Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square) to the Rua Augusta, a beautifully paved pedestrian street. Learn more.
Field recording of Michael Joyce during his traversal of Afternoon: A Story. Sample.
"Unexpected Woodland Events" from Roar of Destiny. Judy Malloy. Sample. Learn more.
Sc4nda1 in New Media. Sample. Stuart Moulthrop. Learn more.
"Dawn Quartet" from Pieces for Simultaneous Voices. Jim Rosenberg. Sample. Learn more.
The Unknown. William Gillespie, Scott Rettberg, Frank Marquardt, and Dirk Stratton. Samples. Learn more.
No Booze Tonight. Steven Wingate. Samples. Learn more.
Song for the Working Fly. Alan Bigelow. Samples. Learn more.
Under Language. Stuart Moulthrop. Samples. Learn more.
May I Ask You A Question? Various. Complete. Learn more.

Artist Statement

11'22" is a sound landscape, a sound poem, a work of sound art, based on the computer-augmented affordances of language and literature. The intent is to broadly explore electronic language through the act of listening. 11'22" (named for its length: eleven minutes, twenty two seconds) is a direct nod to John Cage's 4'33", his most famous composition and attempt to make his audiences listen.

I created 11'22" for FILE 2017, the Electronic Language International Festival, the largest electronic art event in Latin America. This work stems from my radioELO project where I collect, curate, and reimagine aural artifacts of electronic/generated/computational (EGC) literature as sound based narratives. The content of 11'22" is sampled entirely from these artifacts.

11'22" is designed to promote cross-disciplinary listening whether perceived as soundscape, sound poem, or of sound art.