MITH Digital Dialogue on William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition

MITH’s (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanites) first Digital Dialogue of the spring 2006 semester will be a discussion of William Gibson’s novel Pattern Recognition (2003), on Tuesday, Feb. 7th at 12:30 P.M. in the MITH seminar room.

Pattern Recognition has been widely received as Gibson’s most significant and prescient work since he coined the term “cyberspace” in Neuromancer in 1984.

Our discussion will be the basis for three additional Digital Dialogues, to be held at intervals throughout the semester, each of which will explore the general theme of “pattern recognition,” a heuristic for much of MITH’s current research, in varied contexts.

MITH is located in McKelden Library on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. Click here for map and directions.

Glazier, Carpenter, Moulthrop to Read at Penn

The MACHINE reading series at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House, co-sponsored by the Electronic Literature Organization, will include two programs in Spring 2006.

February 15, 5:30pm: Loss Pequeño Glazier (University of Buffalo, author of Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries, numerous digital works, and Anatman, Pumpkin Seed, Algorithm) joins Penn’s own Jim Carpenter (creator of the Electronic Text Composition system) to take the Writers House to the limits of computing and poetry. The program will be hosted by poet and critic Charles Bernstein (With Strings, My Way: Speeches and Poems, Republics of Reality: 1975-1995). The February 15 “Constructing Poets” program is co-sponsored by the Penn Creative Writing Program.

April 19, 5:30pm: Stuart Moulthrop (University of Baltimore) will read from early and recent work. For more than fifteen years Moulthrop has been writing digital works, which include Victory Garden, Hegirascope, Reagan Library, and Pax. One of the most-discussed writers from what Robert Coover called the “golden age” of hypertext, Moulthrop continues to innovate. He has developed his electronic writing in HyperCard, Storyspace, HTML, Quicktime VR, and Flash.

Both events are free and open to the public, no registration required. The Kelly Writers House is at 3805 Locust Walk on the Penn campus.

E-Lit and New Media Happy Hour at MLA

At the MLA convention in Washington D. C. this year, Nick Montfort and Alan Liu are gathering folks from the electronic literature, new media arts, digital humanities, text-encoding, and related circles for an impromptu happy hour: Thursday, Dec. 29th, 5 pm in the lobby bar of the Marriott Wardman Park hotel. (If it’s too crowded, the swarm may end up migrating) Good cheer and buzz; plus a surprise announcement relating to the Electronic Literature Organization.

ELO Board Members at DAC, Copenhagen

A number of ELO’s board members participated in the recent Digital Arts and Cultures conference in Copenhagen. Nick Montfort teamed up with Georgia Tech’s Michael Mateas to present a paper entitled “A Box Darkly: Obfuscation, Weird Languages, and Code Aesthetics”. Noah Wardrip-Fruin participated in a group reading at Cophenhagen’s LiteraturHaus. Scott Rettberg presented a paper entitled “All Together Now: Collective Knowledge, Collective Narratives, and Architectures of Participation”. Conference proceedings will be available as a printed volume (long papers) and on CD (short papers). Visit the DAC 2005 website for news about when the proceedings will be available. Notes, photos, and blogs about the conference are available on the DAC 2005 conference wiki.

“The Agrippa Files” Launch Event

The UC Santa Barbara Department of English will host a launch event for William Gibson’s “The Agrippa Files” website on December 1, 2005, from 4:00-6:00 p.m, in the Mary Cheadle Room (Room 3591) of UCSB’s Davidson Library. The event will include an exhibition of a rare copy of William Gibson’s 1992 collaborative book project, which featured a “disappearing” poem by Gibson that was included on a read-once-only, self-encrypting diskette. There will also be a panel discussion about the project and the book, with UCSB Department of English professors Alan Liu and James Hodge, and UCSB Department of Art professors Harry Reese and Brian Springer.

“The Agrippa Files” website, whose URL will not be released until the launch event, will include rare images of pages from the book, a unique archive of correspondence and other materials dating from the book’s creation and early reception; a simulation 0f what the book’s intended “fading images” might have looked like; a “virtual lightbox” for comparing and studying pages from the book; commentary by the book’s publisher and scholars; and an annotated bibliography.

For more information about the event, visit the UCSB Department of English website. Visit the UCSB website for parking and directions.

For parking and directions to UCSB and the Davidson Library, visit the UCSB

Jason Nelson @ UCLA November 15

Digital writer/artist Jason Nelson will give a presentation at UCLA on Tuesday, November 15, at 6 pm, in the EDA room at 11000 Kinross Ave., Westwood. The event will also be streamed live on the web.

Nelson, currently an instructor at Australia’s Griffith University, has had his works shown at galleries and in online journals around the world. He promises that his presentation will be a “combination of digital magic show, technical tutorial, and poetry reading.” For anyone interested in electronic textuality, Nelson’s rare appearance in L.A. is not to be missed.

Check out his work at heliozoa.com and secrettechnology.com .

View the archived webcast at the EDA website.

Jointly sponsored by the UCLA Department of English, UCLA Design/Media Arts, and the Electronic Literature Organization, and the Griffith University Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, this event is free and open to the public.

New Media Caucus Panel at CAA 06

The New Media Caucus will present a panel at the 2006 College Art Association conference entitled “From Database and Place to Bio-tech and Bots: Relationality vs. Autonomy in Media Art.” The panel, chaired by Rhizome.org Editor-at-large Marisa S. Olsen, will focus on such topics as hacktivism and parasitic media; appropriation/sampling/remixing; open source theory and culture; locative media; biotechnology; video games; narrative; net art; software art; networked performance; video and sound art; and VJ/DJ practices.

CAA’s annual conference will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, February 22-26, 2006.

Writing::Digital Knowledge Conference

The WIDE: Writing in Digital Environments Research Center at Michigan State University will host its first professional conference, Writing::Digital Knowledge, April 6-7, 2006. The conference will be held at the James B. Henry Center at MSU in East Lansing, Michigan.

The conference will focus on three key questions as panelists consider how writing relates to the knowledge economy and knowledge work, issues of culture and identity, and related public policy challenges:

–How is the emerging digital economy changing writing practices and the nature of knowledge work–or how will it?
–How is writing a form of knowledge work? (Is it?)
–What issues, problems, questions face researchers studying the effects of the digital economy on writing practices?

Barbara Mirel will deliver the keynote address. Panelists will include Clay Spinuzzi, Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Cheryl Geisler, Chip Steinfield, Huatong Sun, Ellen Cushman, Samantha Blackmon, John Austin, Ann Bishop, Stuart Selber, John Logie, Danielle DeVoss, David Gift, Jim Porter, Jeff Grabill, Bill Hart-Davidson, and Mark Wilson.

For the full conference program, visit WIDE.

Attendance costs $150. Conference registration will begin on line mid-January through the WIDE website.