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.

Stephanie Strickland talk and readings

On April 5, 2004, e-literature artist Stephanie Strickland will be giving a talk “Retuning Time and Space in Digital Media” at &NOW: A Festival of Writing as a Contemporary Art at Notre Dame. On April 8, 2004, Strickland will be having an e-poems reading at the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia with D.A. Powell. On April 24-25, Strickland and Cynthia Lawson will be doing a collaborative reading of V: Vniverse as part of an e-poetry/e-fiction session, taking place at the “networks, art & collaboration” conference, SUNY Buffalo.

CFP: “Lyric and Media”

“Lyric and Media,” a MLA discussion group on Media and Literature, asks the questions: How do theories of lyric expression, interpretation, and experience intersect with theories of media? Does a focus on the lyric compel us to rethink the narrative orientations of many discussions of the literature-media nexus? Possibile topics for papers include: lyric poetry in its media ecologies, from the alphabet or ideogram to the Internet; lyric, song, and sound recording; lyric and electric or electronic media; lyric and film/video; lyric and the dynamic generation of the page. Please send abstracts, along with requests for any audiovisual equipment needed for the presentation, to Richard Menke at rmenke at uga dot edu by March 25.

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.


“The Best of The Iowa Review Web“: 2002/03 features new media work by artists Talan Memmott, Stuart Moulthrop, and Motomichi Nakamura; criticism by Heidi Bean, Matthew Purdy and Anthony Enns; and interviews with Scanner, John Cayley, and Stephanie Strickland.

Geniwate Wins 2004 Mayne Award for Multimedia

Geniwate, an Australian eliterature author who appeared at the ELO HyperText reading series in February, has received the Mayne Award for creative writing in multimedia. The award recognizes Geniwate’s work concatenation, which a judge called “an experiment in ‘Shockwave’ which is both aesthetically and intellectually compelling.” To experience concatenation, visit the website, then click on concatenation.

CFP: Material Electronic Text

Material Electronic Text, a MLA panel sponsored by the Association for Computers in the Humanities, seeks papers that re-consider the materiality of the electronic text in various ways. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • electronic archives
  • archiving electronics
  • digital representation of textual artifacts
  • textual representation of digital artifacts
  • materialities specific to digital texts
  • access to and preservation of electronic texts
  • data formats and obsolescence

Discussion of particular projects is welcome, as are papers proposing a more theoretical or historical focus. Please send 200 word abstracts (in the body of an email) by March 15, 2004 to Aimée Morrison at aimee.morrison at ualberta dot ca.

CFP: New Research for New Media

The New Research for New Media Symposium, to be held September 30 – October 2 at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Catalonia, will bring together researchers who use new media technologies to further their existing research methodologies, or those who use innovative research methodologies to further their research into any aspect of new media. The Symposium is seeking papers on research methodology and new media. The deadline for submissions is April 15.