" Mez's _the data][h!][bleeding texts_ like the work of da Rimini and geniwaite are concerned with the force of surplus information that can counter the process by which the escalating neural density of the net situates the end user into increasingly fixed respondent positions...
_the data][h!][bleeding texts_ are embedded in cyborgian suspicion and complicity. Failed code is used to highlight the communicative rupture inherent in all coded sequence, to throw monkey wenches and cream pies at semiotic technology, to reveal code as error. The title _the data][h!][bleeding texts_ somaticizes information, which is to draw information back into its material origins, its primordial conditions of material fallibility in order to focus on errors that can deliberately unfold the structure of the code. Mez thus presents a theology of digital creation where coding error is sacralized as the origins of all code; an origin that negates all utopian intention bound up with digital technology. We recognize how any code can fail or be violated. Thus we recognize its boundaries the limits of encoding which points to a semantic territory beyond the code that can lead to counter-meanings and pre-coded meanings. To speak of uncoded meaning is to point out the disjuncture between interpretive closure-- that satisfaction of reading and comprehension that any code provides-- and the experiential. Thus data bleeds from an inside to an outside; from code to non-code.
_the data][h!][bleeding texts_ are concerned with damaged and fragmented bodies, bodies deafened, drowned and wounded by information. But the digitized body is one without organs, without body parts. Sensory organs that endowed the body with agency have been seconded to the machinery of data production. We may ask from where does the data bleed, from what wound and who can lay claim to this trauma? For the images Mez presents are ultimately wounds in search of a whole body from whence they came. For Mez the ressemblage of the wounds, the rearrangement of the code is the only possible response to automated image proliferations, the only way to salvage the experiential body from the structure of information."
Allen Feldman, The Digital Miniature: Private Perceptions in a Public Space.