20 ago. 2017

Bogotá 39

 










   
Durante el pasado mes de mayo fui incluido en Bogotá 39: la lista de "los mejores 39 escritores latinoamericanos menores de 40 años", preparada por el Hay Festival, a través de un jurado integrado por los prestigiosos escritores Carmen Boullosa, Leila Guerriero y Darío Jaramillo Agudelo.

Alan Mills (Guatemala, 1979)
¿Por qué y para qué escribe?

Escribir es una tarea que me provoca vértigo, que me carga de energía, me pone alerta, me conecta con mi parte instintiva, me hace sentir al mismo tiempo seguro y en peligro.

¿Cómo definiría su literatura y cuáles son sus intereses literarios?

En mi libro Síncopes, publicado hace diez años, quise tensar los límites entre la poesía y la ficción, mientras que en mi libro más reciente, Hacking Coyote, he intentado poner a prueba los puntos de contacto entre ensayo, poesía y ficción: de modo que me muevo con un ánimo transgenérico, fronterizo, en apariencia muy contemporáneo pero que igualmente encuentra su inspiración en cosas como Las metamorfosis de Ovidio, o el Gilgamesh. En la novela que escribo actualmente estoy aterrizando en un tipo de narrativa más clásica, menos experimental, aunque esperaría no sacrificar del todo las cosas aprendidas en el laboratorio. Escribo para compartir mi película con el lector.


Mi libro más reciente es Hacking Coyote (como e-book en 2016; como libro en 2017), publicado en inglés por la editorial berlinesa mikrotext. 


Hacking Coyote se publicará próximamente en traducción al alemán por la editorial Yara, en Austria; y será publicado en español por la editorial Los Libros de La Mujer Rota, en Chile.

11 feb. 2017

Hacking Coyote


Hacking Coyote is my attempt to make some sense out of the current situation of the Internet, through a poetic approach able to depict the dreamlike and spiritual trials that we, the contemporary World Wide Web users, must undergo for surviving under the 'tyranny of the Google and Facebook's algorithms'.

The main figure or character I follow over 90 pages is a kind of a postmodern mutation of the North American Indigenous myth of Coyote, the trickster.

As you may know, Coyote is a hero and an antihero; he is good and evil; he crosses boundaries and yet, at the same time, he slips traps and sets hindrances in our virtual or material path.

Coyote would work, then, as the animal mask we all need to portray if we want to learn how to cope with the predatory digital superpowers: the hope is that mirroring this ever-changing identity we'll get to embody some coyote-esque ancient knowledge and finally prevail in the Cyber-underworld.

That mask could also be related to important figures, such as the old British rebel Guy Fawkes, or the Guatemalan folk saint Maximón, both troublemakers and transdimensional explorers. My essay revolves around this sort of similarities, analogies and associations, somehow applying, say, a creative interpretation of the baroque model as stated by Ecuadorian philosopher Bolívar Echeverría, or surfing between "the resemblance" and "the representation", as some french philosopher might assert.

On the other hand, it could also be argued that my essay applies Salvador Dalí's paranoiac-critical method; all of my writing has been produced under the paranoid influence of Coyote: searching for him, asking for him, escaping from him, longing for him, looking for the traces of his protean transformations and multiple parallels all over the Internet and other Media. 

But let's state this clearly: this book is NOT a scholarly work; and this work is NOT theoretical: it only experiences some theories like hallucinogenic formulas running through the textual body, and so dreams up a wrestling ring for a carnivalesque encounter between our mercurial character and the unmasked reader: Hacking Coyote is nothing more than a literary blending of ideas, mythologies, fairy tales, short stories, facts and factoids, and it has been imagined following the logic of Coyote himself, aping those wordly and virtual acts that challenge rationality, sensing the chaotic essence of his tricky arts of deceit and tomfoolery.

For Coyote's genius is all about the art of stealth, the art of meaningless meaning, the art of ruthless predation: and rest assured, just at this very moment, Coyote is silently lurking around our selfies, our likes, our private data, our self-tracking devices, and our whole Netflix footprint. The trickster is stalking all over our Internet and Social Media experience.

Hacking Coyote is available as E-book and in print version by the Berlin-based publishing house mikrotext.