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During March of this year five authors - Francesco Aprile, Andrea Astolfi, Cristiano Caggiula, Gianluca Garrapa, and Antonio Francesco Perozzi - founded the "Liminalism" group launching its first manifesto. But it actually is an anti-manifesto for these reasons: starting from the concept of desire, the authors proposed writing based on the process, without post-production; thus, they worked on a desiring text. At the center of this writing process, we find an intense plurality of styles and media: theory, criticism, parts of essays, poetry, flash fictions or portions of them, quotes, code poems, found code, found poem, QR codes, visual poetry, asemic writing, glitch, glitch-text, tables, data, math and economics data, flowcharts, images, video, sound poems, concrete poetry, word lists, and many other materials.

In this way, the authors conceived the writing process as a no-monolithic movement based on the concept of desire. For it, the writing movement is fragile and tumultuous.

To aggravate the fragility of text, the authors worked during March in simultaneous writing sessions using a Dropbox paper. The Liminalists wrote on the same Dropbox paper at the same time. These jam sessions produced a liminal work on the concept of "author" to aggravate the fragility of text. Each author modified the text that the others were writing. While the "Author A" is writing a text portion in the paper, the "Author B" changes it; at the same time of the change, Dropbox modifies the author heading: for the program, the author is now "B" and not the original author. Which begs the question: what is an author? According to Barthes and Foucault, we can consider it as less important than the reader. According to the Liminalists, we can consider the author as a liminal zone of desire. Is everyone the fake of himself (or the other)? Now, the center of the question is: who is talking? Where is it from the enunciation?

These questions are based on Lacan's thinking about "enunciation". Identity is reduced to a play-form. The self-sabotaging process is not only for text creation but also for the person. From this point of view, during April, the Liminalists changed their social images every day for a week, becoming the same fake at the same time. Liminalists turn digital production tools into play objects and waste. Furthermore, in this case, waste is a game. Also, they worked on writing that can also be unread because the important thing is the process.
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