Ashbaugh and Gibson’s AGRIPPA: New Description of Book Available

Matt Kirschenbaum has posted a detailed physical description of Dennis Ashbaugh and William Gibson’s 1992 artist’s book/e-literature collaboration AGRIPPA: A Book of the Dead (published by Kevin Begos), based on his close examination of the copy now owned by the New York Public Library. There is a great deal of internet lore and misinformation surrounding this project, including statements that the work does not in fact exist. This description puts those misconceptions to rest–even as it raises new questions.

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.

First Person at electronic book review

All the essays from First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game — edited by ELO board member Noah Wardrip-Fruin, working with Pat Harrigan — are now online at electronic book review, a journal edited by ELO board member Joe Tabbi. The final installment, “New Readings,” includes essays by board members N. Katherine Hayles and Nick Montfort. Now the First Person project is opening up the conversation through ebr‘s “riposte” system of responses, such as that recently written by board member Matt Kirschenbaum. Those with a contribution to make are encouraged to send them via email to ebr /at/

New Media Article Writing Competition Winners

trAce and Writers for the Future are pleased to announce the winners of New Media Article Writing Competition: Review category – “A Bad Machine Made of Words” by Nick Montfort; Opinion category – “Are cell phones new media? Hybrid communities and collective authorship” by Adriana de Souza e Silva; Process category – “Writing 4 Cyberformance” by Karla Ptacek & Helen Varley Jamieson; Editor’s Choice Award – “Show Me Your Context, Baby: My Love Affair with Blogs” by Kate Baggott; Honourable Mention – “Postcards From Writing” by Sally Pryor.

New reviews in cyberculture studies

New book reviews at RCCS include: Susan B. Barnes’s Online Connections: Internet Interpersonal Relationships reviewed by Andrew Dalton; Edwin Bendyk and Zatruta Studnia’s [Poisoned Well. On Power and Freedom] reviewed by Alek Tarkowski; N. Katherine Hayles’s Writing Machines reviewed by Michael Filas; Joseph Tabbi’s Cognitive Fictions reviewed by Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Jen Webb, with a rejoinder from Joseph Tabbi; and Mark Warschauer’s Technology and Social Inclusion: Rethinking the Digital Divide reviewed by Chris Hewson.

First Person

First Person: New Media as Story, Performance, and Game, edited by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Pat Harrigan, is a new book gathering a remarkably diverse group of new media theorists and practitioners to consider the relationship between “story” and “game,” as well as the new kinds of artistic creation (literary, performative, playful) that have become possible in the digital environment. Topics range from “Cyberdrama” to “Ludology” (the study of games), to “The Pixel/The Line” to “Beyond Chat.” For more information and to purchase First Person, visit MIT Press.

Hello World

Hello World: travels in virtuality is a new book from trAce’s Artistic Director, Sue Thomas. Part travelogue, part memoir, Thomas draws on her online travels as well as her physical journeys in the USA, Australia and England. Go to trAce to purchase the book online. Visit the Hello World blog and win a signed copy of the book for the most insightful blog comment.

“Literature in Programmable and Networked Media/Literatur in Netzen/Netzliteratur” Project

The “Literature in Programmable Media/Literatur in Netzen/Netzliteratur” research project at the University of Siegen’s Centre of Cultural Research is now online. The site currently contains an archive of articles by project participants, links to sites of artists and scholars with whom the project collaborates, and event announcements. There are plans for an on-line discussion forum in the near future. The project “aims at analysing the ongoing changes of literary communication in programmable and networked media, particularly on the Internet.”