Meet ELO’s New Communication Team

May 19, 2016 in ELO

As ELO continues to grow and develop as an organization, we have an increasing number of activities and opportunities to share with our members and the world at large.  To keep information flowing, we are expanding our communications group.

Meet the new communications team! Jeneen NajiÉlika Ortega, and Mia Zamora will be joining to help coordinate our social media and email communications.  Mark Marino will continue as Director of Communications.   Get to know our team, while they are getting to know you and your work!

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Mark Sample Joins ELO Board

May 17, 2016 in ELO

ELO is pleased to announce that Mark Sample will be joining the Board of Directors.  Mark is a well-established scholar in the field of digital humanities and is also an author of works of electronic literature, including “Takei, George, which was published in the Electronic Literature Collection, volume 3.  ELO now has a full 20-person Board as we head into the annual conference!

 

Mark Sample is an Associate Professor of Digital Studies at Davidson College, a liberal arts college just north of Charlotte, North Carolina. Mark’s teaching and research focuses on algorithmic culture, new media, and videogames. His examination of the representation of torture in videogames appeared in Game Studies, and he has a chapter called “Code” in the forthcoming Debugging Game History (MIT Press, 2016). Mark’s critique of the digital humanities’ approach to contemporary literature is a chapter in Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). Mark also co-authored 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1));: GOTO 10, a collaborative book about creative computing and the Commodore 64 (MIT Press, 2012). Mark’s creative work has appeared in The Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3, as well as several exhibitions, including “Electronic Literature: A Matter of Bits” at the Stedman Gallery of Rutgers University-Camden.

 

Anastasia Salter Joins ELO Board

April 25, 2016 in ELO

The Electronic Literature is pleased to welcome its newest Board Member Anastasia Salter. Anastasia has most recently served as an editor of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3 and brings expertise on interactive games, software platforms and much more.

Her full bio follows.

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April is ePoetry Month

April 1, 2016 in ELO, Events

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During the month of April, the USA celebrates National Poetry Month, a literary celebration inaugurated by theAcademy of American Poets in 1996. To join the celebrations, the Electronic Literature Organization and I ♥ E-Poetry will be publishing a calendar (below) to highlight e-poetry performance and publication events from around the world.

The ELC3 Bot will be featuring 54 works of e-poetrypublished in the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3.

Don’t know what e-poetry is? Read Leonardo Flores’ definition.

The calendar below will be updated regularly during the month of April. To add your events, publications, performances, etc to the calendar, please contact Leonardo Flores at leonardo.flores at upr.edu.

 

Launching The Electronic Literature Collection, vol. 3

February 18, 2016 in ELO, New E-Lit

Screenshot of ELC3

Electronic Literature Collection, vol. 3

Announcing the publication of the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3, which launched today at an event at the Stedman Art Gallery at Rutgers University, Camden. This third volume features 114 works from 26 countries in 13 languages. The latest collection, drawn from over 500 submitted and solicited works, represents a wide range of forms and styles, including poem generators, bots, interactive fiction, mobile apps, and more.

According to co-editor Anastasia Salter, “With the ELC3, we saw an opportunity to expand the common definitions of electronic literature to embrace new frontiers in mobile, gaming, and experimental art produced by communities working outside of traditional academic and literary spaces.”

The features works languages include: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Norwegian, and Swedish. These innovative works hail from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the United States.

As a snapshot of the field in this moment, the collection is designed to feature new and established voices in handcrafted HTML or computer-generated verse.  The works feature stunning visuals, engaging interaction, and immersive environs, stretching the boundaries of the possible for literary endeavors.

ELC3 was edited by Stephanie Boluk, Leonardo Flores, Jacob Garbe, and Anastasia Salter with the assistance of an international advisory board.

This evening’s event at Rutgers-Camden marks the publication of the online version.  The physical copy (on a USB drive) will be released at our international conference in Victoria this summer.

See all three of the collections here: http://collection.eliterature.org

4Humanities “Shout Out for the Humanities” Contest

February 4, 2016 in Awards, Calls, ELO

4Humanities
“Shout Out for the Humanities” Contest

info:http://4humanities.org/contest/

Your submission to this contest should answer such questions as: Why is studying the humanities–e.g., history, literature, languages, philosophy, art history, media history, and culture–important to you? To society? How would you convince your parents, an employer, a politician, or others that there is value in learning the humanities?

Who: Enter if you are an undergraduate or graduate student, an individual or team, from any nation.

What: Your submission will be judged by an international panel of distinguished judges for message, quality, and impact no matter your medium or format. Possible submissions include: essay (less than 2,000 words), video, digital work, poster, cartoon, song, art, short story, interview. See our Contest Kit for ideas, resources, and tools.

*Special note for digital artists: the contest encourages submissions in any format or medium, including digital or online ones.

Instructors and Educational Leaders: Want to organize a “creativity workshop” to incubate submissions by your students? See Workshops and Contest Kit for ideas. 4Humanities.org will create an online showcase specifically for your students’ work.

When: Submissions by March 1, 2016.

Prizes: Winners will receive the following awards, and will be published on the 4Humanities.org site:

  • Undergraduate Students: 1st US$1,000 — 2nd US$700 — 3rd US$300
  • Graduate Students: 1st US$1,000 — 2nd US$700 — 3rd US$300

- See more at: http://4humanities.org/contest/#sthash.IYRpaaid.dpuf

Call for Submission: 2016 ELO Prize (Feb 1-28, 2016)

January 19, 2016 in Awards, Calls, ELO

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Call for the 2016 ELO Prize
(Feb 1-28, 2016 Submission Period)

See Full Details Here

The Electronic Literature Organization is proud to offer the following two prestigious awards, “The Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature” and “The N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature.”

“The Robert Coover Award for a Work of Electronic Literature” is an award given for the best work of electronic literature of any length or genre. Bestowed by the Electronic Literature Organization and funded through a generous donation from supporters and members of the ELO, this annual prize aims to recognize creative excellence. The Prize for “1st Place” comes a $1000 award, with a plaque showing the name of the winner and an acknowledgement of the achievement, and a one-year membership in the Electronic Literature Organization at the Associate Level. One prize for “Honorary Mention” is awarded and consists of a plaque showing the name of the winner and an acknowledgement of the achievement, and a one-year membership in the Electronic Literature Organization at the Associate Level.

“The N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature” is an award given for the best work of criticism, of any length, on the topic of electronic literature. Bestowed by the Electronic Literature Organization and funded through a generous donation from N. Katherine Hayles and others, this annual prize recognizes excellence in the field. The Prize for “1st Place” comes a $1000 award, with a plaque showing the name of the winner and an acknowledgement of the achievement, and a one-year membership in the Electronic Literature Organization at the Associate Level. One prize for “Honorary Mention” is awarded and consists of a plaque showing the name of the winner and an acknowledgement of the achievement, and a one-year membership in the Electronic Literature Organization at the Associate Level

Deadlines

Nomination Submissions Period:  February 1-February 28, 2016
Jury Deliberations:  February 29-April 15, 2016
Award Announcement:  ELO Conference Banquet, Victoria, B.C., June 11, 2016

For more information about the Coover Award, contact Maria Mencia, Co-Chair, The Electronic Literature Organization 2016 International Prize, mariamencia2@gmail.com; for more information about the Hayles Award, contact Rob Wittig, Co-Chair, The Electronic Literature Organization 2016 International Prize, wit@robwit.net.

CFP: ELO 2016: Next Horizons (11/15/15; 6/10-12/16) Victoria, B.C.

October 12, 2015 in Calls, Conference, ELO

Next Horizons: ELO 2016


10-12 June 2016
University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.
Deadline for Scholarly Activities & Media Art Festival Works: November 15, 2015
Click here for the Submissions Form

At the annual conference held in Bergen, Norway in August 2015, ELO explored “the end(s) of electronic literature,” construed broadly as the contours, edges, and boundaries of the field and practice. This year the ELO 2016 Conference & Media Art Festival asks now, What’s next? What investigations, interventions, and creations lie beyond the horizons of born digital writing?

“Next Horizons,” the ELO 2016 Conference & Media Art Festival, looks to answer these questions with the intentional connection, integration, and expansion of electronic literature into the Digital Humanities through a partnership between the Electronic Literature Organization and the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). ELO 2016 takes place at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, B.C. where over 750 scholars convene each year at DHSI to learn and expand their knowledge of DH tools, methods, and criticism. Taking place from 10-12 June and co-chaired by Drs. Dene Grigar and Ray Siemens, ELO 2016 will feature critical papers and artistic works of electronic literature. Additionally, because collocating the conference and art festival within DHSI presents the unique opportunity for collaborations between the two communities that may result in new knowledge about electronic literature and DH, it also offers opportunities––new formats and approaches to the conference––that take advantage of this affordance.

Opportunities for Participation

ELO 2016 emphasizes both scholarship and creative activities. All events will be peer-reviewed and juried by scholars and artists with expertise in the specific area reflected in the topic or method. Comments will be sent to all who submit a proposal or work. For more information, contact Dene Grigar, President, ELO, dgrigar@mac.com.
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Plataformas de la imaginación October 2015-Jan 2016

October 9, 2015 in ELO, Events

ELO is proud to sponsor Plataformas de la imaginación in Mexico City! (October 2015-January 2016)

Plataformas de la imaginación is the first initiative in Mexico carried out to present the current state, the historic trajectory, and the aesthetic variety of electronic literature produced around the world. In consonance with the literary, interdisciplinary, artistic and technological avant-gardes at an international level, this project aims to place electronic literature in the central discussion of the artistic agendas in general, and that of digital culture in particular. The various events comprising the project will be held in Mexico City, and include multiple activities with the support of prestigious Mexican institutions.

The activities of Plataformas de la Imaginación include three exhibits at Universum-Museo de Ciencias (universum.unam.mx), Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco (tlatelolco.unam.mx) and Centro de Cultura Digital (centroculturadigital.mx); a handful of interventions and live performances in Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola (casadellago.unam.mx); the world premiere of Eugenio Tisselli’s new piece will take place in Palacio de Bellas Artes (palacio.bellasartes.gob.mx). Additionally, an international symposium will be held at Sala Carlos Chávez of the Centro Cultural Universitario (cultura.unam.mx) featuring conferences by invited artists, critics, and scholars, both national and international.

Featured artists: Alison Clifford, Belén Gache, Benjamín Moreno, Eduardo Kac, Eugenio Tisselli, Jörg Piringer, Loss Pequeño Glazier, María Mencía, Serge Bouchardon, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Amaranth Borsuk, bpNichol ✝, David Clark, Gustavo Romano, and Jan Robert Leegte. Platformas de la Imaginación was designed by the Laboratorio de Literaturas Extendidas y Otras Materialidades (lleom), a scholarly independent Mexican organization that promotes the creative, analytic and theoretical work linked to hybrid artistic processes and objects (digital and non-digital), with intermedial and literary studies as starting point.
 
 
Timeline
 
Symposium
Oct. 8-9. 2015. Máquinas de Inminencia. Sala Carlos Chávez, UNAM.
Exhibits
 
Oct. 9-Dec. 6, 2015 Literatura electrónica. Escenarios híbridos. Universum-Museo de las Ciencias
Nov. 12, 2015-Jan 17, 2016 Literatura electrónica. Política y cuerpo en el presente digital. Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco
Oct. 23.-Dec 13, 2015. Selecciones como objetos. Centro de Cultura Digital.
Interventions
October 14-18. Miradas desde el post-Internet. El regreso a los materiales. Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola
October 16. IP Poetry: Acto en vivo
October 8. Nuevas y viejas prácticas de lectura: migraciones de una lectura nómada. Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Auditorio
October 10. Crítica de la hibridez digital. Conversación sobre arte electrónico. Museo Universitario del Chopo
October 23. Lectura sonora. Centro de Cultura Digital
November 5. Estreno mundial de La tiranía del código, de Eugenio Tisselli. Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes
November 12. Performance sonoro El Fonófono de Tito Rivas. Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco

ELO Holds Epic Conference in Bergen

August 7, 2015 in Conference, ELO

Artist Judd Morrissey’s augmented reality performance Saturday concluded a week-long conference in Norway, ELO’s second international conference held outside the United States.  Running August 4 through 7, with pre-conference workshops days before and Saturday’s poetry performance after, the ELO 2015: The End(s) of Electronic Literature was one of the largest ever with 194 attendees from around the world.

Hosted at the University of Bergen (UiB), the conference spanned six venues, featuring panel presentations, performances, and five gallery exhibitions.  The group of international artists and scholars gathered to discuss the state of the art of electronic literature and to imagine what comes next. The complete schedule is online here.  (Also, see the ELO 2015 Facebook group).

The program coordinator for the conference was Jill Walker Rettberg, Professor of Digital Culture at the University of Bergen and the program coordinator for ELO2015, and the conference chair was ELO co-founder Scott Rettberg,  also a professor of digital culture at UiB. Roderick Coover, Director of the MFA Program in Film and Media Arts at Temple University, was the conference’s Artistic Chair.

In five exhibitions included:

  • The Ends of the Electronic Literature: Festival Exhibition (University Library from 8/4 to 8/28)
  • Kid E-Lit: Electronic literature for children and adolescents (Bergen Public Library 8/4 to 9/30)
  • Hybrid interface, digital stories (Lydgalleriet 8/4-22)
  • Decentered: an exhibition of global electronic literature (Stiftelsen 3,14; 8/4-23)
  • Interventions: an exhibition of political electronic literature (USF 8/4 to 7)

More information about exhibitions and other open events: http://www.uib.no/nb/fg/elektronisklitteratur/90342/en-festival-elektronisk-litteratur-elo2015

At the end of the conference, two major prizes were awarded: N. Katherine Hayles Award for Criticism of Electronic Literature, which was awarded to Sandy Baldwin for his book The Internet Unconscious, and the Robert Coover Prize, which was awarded to Samantha Gorman and Robert Coover for their interactive novella app Pry.

The next ELO Conference will be held in 2016 at the University of Victoria.

More details about the conference, including photos and videos, and details will follow. Congratulations and thanks to all who participated and made this possible.

 

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