Michael Joyce at CalArts

On February 25, acclaimed author and critic of digital literature Michael Joyce and artist Alexandra Grant will speak at CalArts in Valencia on “Wordlessness of the mitneinander.” Michael Joyce is the author of the acclaimed early hypertext fiction afternoon: a story, the online novel Twelve Blue, two print volumes of eliterature theory, Of Two Minds: Hypertext Pedagogy and Poetics, and Othermindedness: The emergence of network culture, and many other works. Joyce was one of the original designers of the Storyspace hypertext writing environment. He is currently a Professor of English and the Library at Vassar College.

page_space at the Machine Gallery

page_space, a show in which ten artists explore the digital page, opens February 28 at the Machine Gallery. The first effort of the page_space project of Machine Poetics, this show is an experiment which reverses the usual collaboration between writing and design. Programmers and designers created digital page architectures that were later exchanged and used as fields for textual exploration. 6:00-8:00 p.m. 1200 D North Alvarado, Los Angeles.

Stephanie Strickland reading

Electronic literature author Stephanie Strickland (True North, V: WaveSon.nets/Losing L’una, Ballad of Sand and Harry Soot) will be doing an e-reading and presentation on February 26. The reading takes place at 5:30pm at the Wyndham Robertson Library, Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

Powering Up/Powering Down

Powering Up/Powering Down is a 3-day conference with presentations, performances, readings, discussions, and workshops that explore polarities such as white/racialized, male/female, high/low tech, machine/body and limitations on access to knowledge, resources and equipment. The conference takes place January 30 – February 1 at UC San Diego. Participants include 30 artists and scholars, and admission is free.

William J. Mitchell reading

William J. Mitchell, head of the Media Arts and Sciences program at MIT, will be reading from his latest book, ME++ The Cyborg Self and the Networked City. The reading takes place Wednesday, January 28th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Narr@tive: Digital Storytelling

Narr@tive: Digital Storytelling is a UC Digital Cultures Graduate Conference and Evening of New Media Student Readings that is co-chaired by ELO’s Associate Director Jessica Pressman and will be held at UCLA April 22-23, 2004. This conference questions how digital culture has transformed our practices of reading, writing, and thinking about narrative, in its broadest sense. Topics are to be addressed from a wide variety of disciplinary fields: literature and poetics, copyrights and archiving, e-journals and publication practices, code and linguistics, games and interactive narratives, and scholarship systems and networks.

The final event of the conference will be a reading of electronic literature showcasing student work as part of the HyperText reading series, sponsored by ELO and the UCLA Hammer Museum.


The International Conference within CIBER@RT BILBAO 2004 is seeking papers relating to Computational Sociology, Televirtuality and Telepresence, Body and Nets, Synaptic Cartography, Planetary Art, and The Museum of the Ubiquitous Art. The Conference and CIBER@RT Festival will take place April 26 – 29, 2004, in Bilboa, Spain.