Turbulence Comp_05 Winners

The five winners of Comp_05 (the juried international net art competition of New Radio and Performing Arts | Turbulence) are quite interesting from the perspective of electronic literature.

Gothamberg (by Marek Walczak, et al.) “is a place to read, interact and exchange stories of lives in apartment buildings” that will enable “travel using various strategies to different parts of the structure, the stories unfolding between public, private and personal spaces.” Meanwhile Peripheral n°2 KEYBOARD (by Marika Dermineur, Khalil Bennis, et al.) “will explore writing and language by reflecting anew on the keyboard” and SWM05 (by Troy Innocent, Ollie Olson, et al) will create a “distributed embodiment” of a fictional(?) group “as musical-visual forms performed on mobile phones and other wireless communication devices.”

Finally, meme.garden (by Mary Flanagan and Daniel C. Howe) will use textual analysis to “introduce the concepts of temporality, space, and empathy into a computer-based search tool” while mimoSa (by Ricardo Ruiz, Alexandre Freire, Etienne Delacroix, et al.) will “record public stories (audio and film) using mobile phones and microphones and store them in a database, broadcast them in FM, and record them to CD; print telephone numbers and instructions on the streets and walls so that people passing by will be able to access the stories via their mobile phones; and make a web portal … to access both audio and video.”

New ELO Website

The ELO’s new site, designed and engineered by Nick Montfort, is now in place. Thanks go to Scott Rettberg for his help, which included migrating much of the content from the old site, and to Noah Wardrip-Fruin, who prepared many items that will appear in coming weeks in the new showcase.

The showcase is designed to feature exemplary electronic literature. The five most recent items are visible at the top of the main page, and everything featured to date is accessible via the “Showcased E-Lit” link just below the search field. An RSS feed of the showcase is available so that readers can automatically keep bookmarks to the current entry or syndicate the showcase on their own pages.

News entries and other pages on the site are now easily searchable. The news is also accessible by category and by date. We have tried to redirect as many previous URLs as possible to current resources, to avoid leaving anyone with page not found errors. The new site is also designed to be easier to maintain and manage into the future, allowing the ELO to communicate with members and the reading public more effectively.

The new ELO website is powered by WordPress and uses a theme based on Joni Mueller’s Zen Minimalist.

We hope you enjoy the new site. Please let us know what you think of it, and if you encounter any problems. The email you should use to contact the ELO can be found, along with our phone number and postal address, on the “contact” page.

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CFP: Cybercultures: Exploring Critical Issues

The 3rd global conference of the “Critical Issues” project, “Cybercultures: Exploring Critical Issues,” invites submissions of proposals for papers, presentations, workshops, and reports on a wide range of topics, including

–Cyberspace and Cyberculture
–Cybermedias: New Media and Technology
–The Virtual and Virtuality
–Cyberpunk: Writing and Film
–Digital and Interactive Arts
–Computers and Games
–Identities, Bodies, Cyborgs and the Human
–Cybercultures and Politics
–Cybercultures, Cybersubcultures and Communities

The conference will be held in Prague August 11-13, 2005.

300-word abstracts are due by Friday, June 3, 2005. All presented papers will be published in an ISBN eBook; selected papers will be developed for publication in a themed hard-copy volume. For the full call, including instructions on how to submit, visit the Critical Issues website.

60 Second Story

Got a minute?

The 60 second story competition invites submissions of works of fiction, recorded by their authors as digital videos, which are less than one minute and one second in duration. Files size should be less than 5MB, and work must be submitted under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license. Entries are being accepted from now until June 8th, 2005.

There will one grand-prize winner, who will recieve a one-minute supply of exotic chocolate, a one inch by one inch book of the winning work published by Spineless Books, and other one-minute pleasures. The winner and fourteen runners-up will be published in the “Fifteen Minutes of Fame,” a permanent web shrine to the 60 second story form. The judges of the competition include internet writers William Gillespie, Nick Montfort, Scott Rettberg, Dirk Stratton, Jill Walker and Rob Wittig.

See 60secondstory.contagiousmedia.org for the details, to watch some 60 second stories, and to submit your own.

Dichtung Digital “Netzliteratur” Issue

In November 2004 the University of Siegen hosted an all-star gathering of electronic literature critics and authors. Now the presentations from “Netzliteratur – Umbrüche in der literarischen Kommunikation” are online as a special issue of Dichtung Digital. Contributors include ELO board member Noah Wardrip-Fruin and literary advisory board member Loss Pequeno Glazier, as well as Marie-Laure Ryan, Markku Eskelinen, Frank Furtwängler, Mela Kocher, Roberto Simanowski, Philippe Bootz, Jean-Pierre Balpe, Laura Borras Castanyer, Susanne Berkenheger, and conference organizers Peter Gendolla and Jörgen Schäfer.


ItinerantItinerant is a site-specific sound installation in Boston, Massachusetts. It invites people to take a walk through Boston Common and surrounding neighborhoods to experience an interactive sound work delivered via handheld computer and driven by GPS satellite information. During a walk which may last for more than two hours, visitors hear a personal narrative of family and displacement, interspersed with passages from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein — the classic tale of a technoscientific monster and the family love he witnesses voyeuristically, but cannot share.

CFP/S: LEA Special Issue–Wild Nature and Digital Life

Guest editors Sue Thomas and Dene Grigar invite submissions of essays, interviews, reports, bibliographies, course syllabi and artworks themed around “Wild Nature and Digital Life” for a special issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac. The issue will explore such questions as how humans are reinventing “the wild” digitally; how the advent of digital technology has changed the relationship between humans and wild nature; and how the notion of wild nature can be extended to the digital world. Read the full call; send inquiries to Sue Thomas and Dene Grigar at digitalwild@astn.net. The deadline for initial expressions of interest is July 8, 2005; the final submission deadline for chosen contributors will be September 2, 2005.

Blue Company

Blue CompanyBlue Company is an email novel that was performed in 2001 and 2002, with the current news affecting how messages were sent. A “new economy” worker who is sent back in time to the early renaissance tells the story of his corporate team, Blue Company, and their curious work as he writes e-mails on an illicit laptop to his inamorata. See the Directory entry for more information about this piece and its author.