Electronic Literature Panels at SLSA

This year’s conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, set for November 10-13 in Chicago, features numerous panels that focus on “etextuality and computation”. Many of the ELO’s board of directors will be presenting. See the conference program for details on the following panels:

+ Thursday, November 10:

“Narrative, Media and Technology”
“Viral and Distributed Narratives”

+ Friday, November 11:

“There is No Media?
“Narrative and Emergent Knowledge”
“Dirty Code”
“The Error Engine: Writing and Creative Evolutionary Systems”

+ Saturday, November 12

“Cybernetics, Autopoiesis, Literature”
“Digital Cognition”
“Text/Image/Structure: Literary Hypertext 2005”

+ Sunday, November 13:

“Rhetoric and Image in Science and Literature”
“Emergence and Convergence in New Media Narratives”

ELO members will receive a discount of US $40 off the regular registration rate of US $120. Download the registration form here, and add a note on the form indicating that you are a member of the ELO.

Digital Writing on Empyre

This month’s conversation on the empyre mailing list will be on the topic “Digital Writing.” The guests will include digital authors and commentators Bill Seaman (an ELO board member), Brigid McLeer, Friedrich Block, Giselle Beiguelman, and Sue Thomas.

Call for Participation: Creative Versioning Project

Matthew Kirschenbaum is looking for poets and fiction writers willing to participate in a project to archive versions of texts in progress. An electronic document repository (known as a Concurrent Versions System, or CVS) will be used to track revisions and changes to original fiction and poetry contributed by participating writers who will work by checking their drafts in and out of the repository system. The goal is to provide access to a work at each and every state of its composition and conceptual evolution ­- thereby capturing the text as a living, dynamic object-in-the-making rather than a finished end-product. A reader will be able to watch the composition process unfold as though s/he were looking over the writer’s shoulder.

Participating writers must agree to:

* Work with your text exclusively within the confines of the CVS, checking it in and out each and every time you wish to edit or compose.

* Give their consent to make all archived versions of the work publicly accessible.

The result will be a Web-accessible archive, with the full text of each and every version of a writer’s text available for reading and relations between the versions expressed by means of maps and visualizations.

To participate, please contact Kirschenbaum at mgk =at= umd =dot= edu . Please indicate your willingness to abide by the above constraints.

Matthew Kirschenbaum
Assistant Professor of English
Acting Associate Director,
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
301-405-8927 or 301-314-7111 (fax)



[Note: At this point Kirschenbaum is recruiting interested writers. He is not sure when the project will actually get off the ground – hopefully this winter.]


Clues“Clues” is an adaptive hypertext that presents poems and asks the reader to uncover clues, figuring out what to investigate and who to trust. This metaphysical whodunit, couched in the language of the mystery novel and questioning the concepts of detection and communication, was developed in the Connection Muse. See the Directory entry for more information about this piece.