Agrippa Files Site Launch

Agrippa (A Book of the Dead) appeared in 1992 as a collaboration between artist Dennis Ashbaugh, author William Gibson, and publisher Kevin Begos, Jr.

The Agrippa Files is a scholarly site that presents selected pages from the original art book (with the permission of the publisher); a unique archive of materials dating from the book’s creation and early reception; a simulation of what the book’s intended “fading images” might have looked like; a video of the 1992 “transmission” of the work; a “virtual lightbox” for comparing and studying pages from the book; commentary by the book’s publisher and scholars; an annotated bibliography of scholarship, press coverage, interviews, and other material; a detailed bibliographic description of the book; and a discussion forum. Read more Agrippa Files Site Launch

Brown E-Writing Fellowship Deadline

There’s just one week left to apply for Brown University’s yearly graduate fellowship for electronic writing, the first ever offered in the U.S. (deadline December 15th). It comes with two years of support, three workshops with world-class writers, four other courses at Brown of your choice, and a nice MFA at the end. Last year’s graduate was William Gillespie, and the year before’s was Talan Memmott.

Online Creative Writing & Technology MA taught by Sue Thomas & Kate Pullinger

Applications are now being considered for Autumn 2006 entry to the Master’s Degree in Creative Writing & Technology at De Montfort University, Leicester. The course will be taught 95% online, plus one week on campus in Leicester, UK.

The course is devised and taught by Sue Thomas, formerly Artistic Director of the trAce Online Writing Centre, and Kate Pullinger, well-known novelist and new media writer.

The program is designed for writers wishing to experiment with the creative opportunities of technology and the internet and is ideal for those preferring to study online.

For more details and information on how to apply, visit the De Montfort U. Creative Writing & Technology MA Program.

“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 and .

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.

Back Issue Archive of horizon zero: digital art + culture in canada

Although the Banff New Media Institute’s journal horizon zero: digital art + culture in canada ceased publication in December 2004, its 18 back issues are very much available in its web archive. horizon zero was a multimedia and bilingual “virtual space dedicated to creativity and critical ideas in the new media canon.” Its 18 issues include web-based interactives, essays and journalistic writings, fiction and poetry, video, animation, games, and other digital artworks.

next/text: what happens when textbooks go digital?

next/text: what happens when textbooks go digital is an online project of The Institute for the Future of the Book. next/text’s site aims to become a node of communication and idea-exchange for those interested in the creation of born-digital learning materials. next/text includes blogs, forums, news postings, and links to projects and resources on the theory and practice of making digital textbooks.

Launch of Redesigned ebr: Electronic Book Review

ebr: Electronic Book Review, has been redesigned. The rebuilt site promises greater “power to gather text, gloss and cross-reference, spool threads” and “fly high and see the weave.

The current issue features Brian Kim Stefans on “Privileging Language: The Text in Electronic Writing,” Scott Rettberg on “First Person, Games, and the Place of Electronic Literature,” John Cayley on “Bass Resonance,” and Lori Emerson’s review of Walter Benn Michaels’ The Shape of the Signifier, “On Materialities, Meanings, and the Shape of Things.”