Rest/LessRest/Less is interactive dance which foregrounds poetry as both environment and method. Spatially representing Field’s graphic poems with lighted grids across the floor, Jewett has developed an interactive video-tracking system which allows the dancers total lyrical freedom as they perform both choreographed and improvisational movement. The dancers trigger lines of poetry as they cross lines of light (poetry which is heard as well as projected) and the text alternates with the sound of wind and a score of windchimes electronically generated based on samplings of the text.

UC Santa Cruz, International and/or Digital Media Job

The Film and Digital Media Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, invites applications for a tenure-track position in critical studies. Applicants with a scholarly emphasis in international film and/or media are especially desirable; candidates with expertise in other areas of film, television and/or digital media theory and/or history are also invited to apply. Requires Ph.D. in relevant field of study, with demonstrated potential for excellence in innovative research and for excellence in university teaching. Postmark deadline: November 18, 2005.

Conversational Character Creators & Users Sought for Survey

Mark Marino of UC Riverside seeks chatbot users and creators for a survey which will be available through the end of this week. He writes:

If you have used or have built chatbots, or conversational agents, please participate in my online study of these research communities and their priorities. (Chatting with Non-Player Characters in video games counts here, too).

I am looking to get a sense of who make bots, who use them, and in what ways. The questions will only take a few minutes to answer, but participants can return to participate in ongoing discussions.

To participate, go to:

Professor of Digital or Media Arts Position, UC Davis

The Program in Technocultural Studies at University of California, Davis has an open-rank position open for a Professor of Digital or Media Arts in Technocultural Studies.

The program seeks an artist, media artist, or cultural practitioner in any aspect of the digital or media arts to assume the position of core faculty member in the newly established, transdisciplinary Program in Technocultural Studies. This is a position in creative production for a person of substantial merit, who is also capable of teaching courses in history, theory and/or contemporary practice in her or his field, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The applicant should be critically and creatively conversant with the practices and discourses relating to media/digital arts, documentary, community media or the fine and performing arts, and demonstrate an understanding of the social and political dimensions of cultural practice as well as the aesthetic and poetic. Familiarity with discourses of science and technology is preferred.

Qualifications: An MA or MFA and teaching at the university or tertiary level are required, while a PhD. and teaching both studies and production courses are preferred. Applicants must demonstrate the ability and willingness to work at the
crossroads of the scientific and technological disciplines with the humanities, arts and cultural studies, in a critical and creative manner. Involvement is expected and experience is preferred in program development.

For information about the position, phone 530/752-0573 or FAX 530/752-0795 or check website at

Deadline for applications: November 23, 2005 for full consideration; however, the position will remain open
until filled. Starting Date: Fall 2006

A New ELO Project: The Electronic Literature Collection

The ELO is proud to announce a new project, the Electronic Literature Collection.

The Electronic Literature Collection will be an annual publication of current and older electronic literature in a form suitable for individual, public library, and classroom use. The publication will be made available both on the Web and as a packaged, cross-platform disc, in a case appropriate for library processing, marking, and distribution. The contents of the Collection will be offered under a Creative Commons license so that libraries and educational institutions will be allowed to duplicate and install works and individuals will be free to share the disc with others. The Collection will feature a variety of electronic literature in many forms and genres – a broad selection of quality work. This will include new work that has been selected by editors as well as notable electronic literature from the past.

The Electronic Literature Collection is supported by:

A longer version of this announcement, with information about what electronic literature is and with information about the ELO, is also available:

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Stuart Moulthrop Wins Engelbart Award at Hypertext 2005

At the recent Hypertext 2005 conference in Salzburg, Austria, Stuart Moulthrop won The Douglas Engelbart Best Paper Award for “What the Geeks Know: Hypertext and the Problem of Literacy”. The Ted Nelson Newcomer award was given to J. Nathan Matias for “Philadelphia Fullerine: A Case Study in Three-Dimensional Hypermedia”.

Winter 05 Issue of UC Riverside’s AFT on “Digital Divides, Digital Domains”

The latest issue of the online undergraduate writing journal Actions Forms Technique, edited by UC Riverside Professor of English James Tobias is entitled Digital Divides, Digital Domains: Negotiating the Boundaries”. AFT, published quarterly, features work by UC Riverside undergraduates on “the cultures, aesthetics, and technologies of print, audiovisual, and interactive media”.

Ph.D. Approved for UCSB’s MAT Program

The UCSB Media Arts and Technology (MAT) proposal for a PhD in Media Arts and Technology was approved by the University of California on 20 September 2005.

MAT will be accepting applications for Fall 2006 admission to the PhD program. Prospective applicants should apply online through the UCSB Graduate Division.

The Admissions information page on MAT’s web site will be updated before 1 November, a month before the early application deadline.

CSU Monterey Bay Positions

The Department of Teledramatic Arts and Technology at California State University, Monterey Bay is hiring. Two tenure track positions are available at the Assistant/Associate Professor level: one emphasizing new media in general, the other focused on digital video. Both positions are within the Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department (TAT) of the College of Science, Media Arts and Technology (SMART). In both cases the successful candidate will be a forward thinking, transmedia educator and practitioner with emphasis in innovative production and theory and a strong background in application of new digital technologies to traditional storytelling practices.