CFP: ELO 2019 Conference & Media Arts Festival (7/14-16/19; 12/21/18)

ELO 2019 Conference and Media Arts Festival
Peripheries
Cork, Ireland
July 14-16, 2019 (Due: Dec 21, 2018)
Proposals are now being accepted for presentations and exhibition pieces at the annual Electronic Literature Organization Conference and Media Arts Festival, to be held July 15-17, 2019 at University College Cork, Ireland. Electronic literature, or e-lit, refers to literary works wherein computation forms some essential part of the aesthetic. #ELO19 offers an opportunity to share research and creative contributions within an engaging, collegial atmosphere comprising e-lit scholars and practitioners from across the globe.

 

The theme for this year’s ELO gathering is “peripheries”: delegates are invited to explore the edges of literary and digital culture, including emerging traditions, indeterminate structures and processes, fringe communities of praxis, effaced forms and genres, marginalised bodies, and perceptual failings.

#ELO19 will mark the first time that the ELO conference has been hosted by an Irish institution: join us for this momentous gathering!

For more, see:
http://elo2019.ucc.ie/cfp/

Arabic E-Lit Conference in Dubai (Feb 25-27) Commences

The first (to our knowledge) electronic literature conference in Dubai has commenced.  Hosted at RIT in Dubai, the conference was organized by Babak Elahi, Reham Hosny, and Patrick Lichty, Jonathon Penny.  Under the patronage of H. E. Lt General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy chief of police and public security in Dubai.  ELO is proud to be a partner of this first-time event, continuing the spread of electronic literature around the world.

Arabic E-Lit Conference Webpage

Along with presentations and a gallery, the conference includes workshop called “Hacking Electronic Literature” by Hosny, Dene Grigar, and John Barber.  Featured keynote speakers are Katherine Hayles, Zohor Gourram, and Karim Sultan.

Follow the conference hashtag: #arbicelit.

See the full conference program and more here:
https://www.arabic-elit.org/schedule

Below is the full conference program:

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Multilingual Digital Authorship Conference Program (3/8-9/18)

Here’s a sneak peek at the conference program for the Multilingual Digital Authorship conference at Lancaster University March 8-9, 2018.  The conference will feature familiar and new names from ELO’s international body of artists and scholars, reflecting on the topics of translation, poetics, tools, and more.

Multilingual Digital Authorship
Lancaster University, 8-9 March 2018

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ELO at Baby Castles Jan 4

BABYCASTLES

Jan 4, 2018, 8pm

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Join the Electronic Literature Organization at an evening of readings and performances at Babycastles, located at 145 W. 14th St., NY, NY

The event takes place on Thursday, January 4, from 8-10 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Featured Artists and Works Performed:

  • Nick Montfort, “The Truelist”
  • Stephanie Strickland, “Hours of the Night”
  • Andrew Demirijian, ‘Pan-Terrestrial People’s Anthem’.
  • Laura Zaylea, “Style Guide for Erasing Human Dignity”
  • Alan Sondheim, “Splatter”
  • Kyle Booten, “Gymnasion”
  • Bill Bly, We Descend, Volume 3

 

Nick Montfort, “The Truelist”

Nick Montfort’s computer-generated books of poetry include #!, the collaboration 2×6, Autopia, and The Truelist, the first in the new Using Electricity series from Counterpath. Among his more than fifty digital projects are the collaborations The Deletionist, Sea and Spar Between, and Renderings. His digital artwork was shown this summer at Babycastles in New York and in Boston City Hall. He has six books out from the MIT Press, most recently The Future (in the Essential Knowledge series). He is professor of digital media at MIT and lives in New York and Boston. You can find this with all the italics in place here: http://nickm.com/me.html#summary

Stephanie Strickland, “Hours of the Night”
Stephanie Strickland has published 8 books of poetry, most recently Dragon Logic and V: WaveTercets / Losing L’una, and 11 works of electronic literature. Zone : Zero, book + CD, includes the poem slippingglimpse which maps text to Atlantic wave patterns. Recent digital poems include House of Trust with Ian Hatcher and Hours of the Night with M.D. Coverley. A volume of  New & Selected is forthcoming in early 2019. http://stephaniestrickland.com

Andrew Demirijian, “Pan-Terrestrial People’s Anthem”
Andrew Demirjian is an interdisciplinary artist who creates experimental assemblages of image, sound and text. His practice features a heightened attention to the role of sound and language and uses constraint systems, chance operations and remixing to produce the work. The pieces take the form of interactive installations, digital poems and audiovisual performances. Andrew’s work has been exhibited at The Museum of the Moving Image, Fridman Gallery, The Newark Museum, Eyebeam, Rush Arts, Fieldgate Gallery, the Center for Book Arts, LMAK Projects and many other galleries, festivals and museums. The MacDowell Colony, Puffin Foundation, Artslink, Harvestworks, Clocktower Gallery, Bemis Center, LMCC and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts are among some of the organizations that have supported his work. Andrew teaches theory and production courses in emerging media in the Film and Media Department and Integrated Media Arts MFA program at Hunter College. In 2018 he will be a Fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab working on a language analysis and visualization project.

Laura Zaylea, “Style Guide for Erasing Human Dignity”

Laura Zaylea is a media artist and Assistant Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. Recent e-lit works include the web-based multimedia novel Closer Than Rustand the “locative romance” and grammar guide Speak2MeInCode. She is currently working on an interactive documentary about LGBTQ families, which can be found at www.LGBTQ-family.com. Laura holds a BA from Brown University and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. More about her creative work can be found at www.LauraZaylea.com. Closer Than Rust – https://laurazaylea.com/creative-work/ctr/. Speak2MeInCode – https://speak2meincode.com/.

Alan Sondheim, “Splatter”
Alan Sondheim is a city-based new media artist, musician, writer, and performer concerned with issues of virtuality, and the stake that the real world has in the virtual. He has worked with his partner Azure Carter among others. Sondheim is interested in examining the grounds of the virtual and how the body isinhabited. He performs in virtual, real, and cross-over worlds; his virtual work is known for its highly complex and mobile architectures. He has used altered motion-capture technology extensively for examining and creating new lexicons of behavior. His current work is centered around notions of gamespace, ‘edgespace’ (the border areas of gamespace) and ‘blankness,’ projections around edgespace. He’s been developing a theory of semiotic splatter / splatter semiotics, dealing with fast-forward literatures of twitter, politics, 4chan, facebook, etc. His writing stems out of codework, a problematic style in which code substrates and surface content interfere with each other – in which, in other words, the textual body and body of text are deeply entangled.  His current music is based on the impossibility of time reversal, on fast improvisation, and anti-gestural approaches to playing. His most recent work is this short biography.

 

Kyle Booten, “Gymnasion”
Kyle Booten is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College.  His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming inFenceWestern Humanities ReviewPoor Claudiaand the proceedings of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  You can see his website at https://kylebooten.me.

Bill Bly, We Descend, Volume 3
Bill Bly is the author of We Descend, an ongoing hypertext archive of writings begun in the 1980s with a fountain pen on notebook paper jammed in a clipboard: Volume One came out on floppy disk; Volume Two is on the web; Volume Three is under development. He has won the Stanley Drama Award and (with John McDaid) the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology. Bill was a founding member of the Hypertext Writers Workshop, and served as recorder for the legendary Cybermountain Colloquium. He has taught hypertext theory and practice at New York University and Fordham University, and was Director of Writing Programs at Wagner College. He lives in Mexico.

The emcee for the evening is Dene Grigar, a curator, e-lit artist, and digital preservationist from the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. She directs the Electronic Literature Lab and is President of the Electronic Literature Organization.

 

 

Sponsors include the ELO, Babycastles, & Washington State University Vancouver.

CALL FOR PAPERS – ELO 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS – ELO 2018
Mind the Gap!
Thinking Electronic Literature in a Digital Culture:
Explorations and Interventions
http://elo2018.org/

The Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) is pleased to announce its 2018 Conference and Festival, hosted by the Université du Québec à Montréal. The Conference, the Festival and Exhibits will be held August 13th to 17th in downtown Montréal, Québec, Canada. Mind the Gap! will be bilingual, with both English and French tracks, showcasing Montreal’s important and dynamic local Québécois e-lit/digital arts community and extending a special welcome to e-lit’s global francophonie.

The aim of this conference is to think about e-lit in a digital culture. What is its relationship to current cultural practices and trends? Two directions are proposed: explorations and interventions. The first direction features e-lit’s exploratory nature, its formal aspects, its use of technology, its renewal of narrative conventions, and at the same time its impact on literary theories and methodologies to renew themselves. The second direction considers e-lit’s place in the public sphere, its relationship to digital and urban culture, to forms of conservation and presentation, and also to performance.

TOPICS

Possible topics for presentations, performances and exhibits are:

Gaps in the field
Translation gaps: code, natural language, media
Narrative theory, temporal gaps and the imaginative space of the in-between
Understanding e-lit: towards digital methodologies and/or pedagogies
Mobile technologies’ effect on writing and reading habits
Perceptual gaps: AR, VR, and Linking Structures
Politics of e-lit: gaps between reception communities
Gaps and Bridges between e-lit and digital humanities
Gender gaps in e-lit
Spoken screens: the gap between performance and presence
Linguistic and cultural specificities to E-lit
Electronic literature and urban culture
Mind the gap! E-lit and humour
Gaps between datasets and interfaces
Archiving differences between libraries and museums
Exhibition differences: ephemeral and permanent installations
What is different about e-lit for children?

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

For the Conference (peer-reviewed):

Paper (15 min – a presentation of a single paper by one or more authors – 500 word abstract).
Lightning talk (5 min – a short paper for a focused presentation – 250 word abstract).
Poster (1 page poster). n.b. A poster can be combined with a lightning talk.
Panel (90 min – a proposal for a complete panel including 3 or 4 separate papers on the same general topic – 250 word overview plus 500 word individual abstracts).
Pre-conference Workshop (Action sessions, focused on hands-on group work on a given project or topic – 500 word abstract).
For the Festival (peer-reviewed):

Performance and screening (10 min – readings, actions, interventions – 250 word abstract; provide links to images, videos, etc.)
Gallery exhibit (provide description of installation, as well as technical needs)

Submissions open: October 16th, 2017 to December 15th, 2017.

Acceptances sent out: January 30th, 2018.

You must attend the conference to appear on the program. You may submit as many proposals as you want, but participants may present a maximum of two pieces/papers.

Registration: Early registration will close April 30st, 2018. There will be a registration fee for the Conference (to be determined), which will include ELO Membership, invitations to all sessions of the Conference, the Festival, and the Exhibits. Lunch and coffee-breaks will be served. Conference banquet requires an additional fee.

The conference will be hosted by the University du Québec à Montréal, at the Berri-UQAM subway station. The campus is fully wheelchair accessible. ELO 2018 is committed to making its conference accessible and will provide a simple accessibility guide to all venues.

Some of the sessions will be streamed via the Conference website.

For more information, contact Bertrand Gervais, ELO 2018 Chair, elo2018mtl (at) gmail.com

ELO at The Kitchen — NYC – Sept. 10

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If you’re in NYC (or near enough to hop a train), join us for We Have Always Been Digital, at The Kitchen.  ELO President Dene Grigar will be there with hard copies of ELC3  (announcement forthcoming) and previous collections for the first people to sign up as members.

Come for a night of e-lit wonderment and (re)join an international organization of artists and scholars in ELO!

http://www.thekitchen.org/event/electronic-literature-organization-we-have-always-been-digital

Announcement:

The Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) presents performances of digitally-born writing and poetry. Curated by Illya Szilak, this afternoon of interactive presentations showcases a range of dynamic forms from bots and games to interactive online works, and offers audience members the chance to engage with works and authors after the performances.

Artists include: Abraham Avnisan, Amaranth BorsukJohn Cayley, David Clark, Caitlin Fisher, Ian Hatcher, Porpentine Charity HeartscapeFlourish Klink, Tan Lin, Nick Montfort, Kia Miakka NatisseAllison Parrish, and others.

September 10, 1–6pm, FREE
512 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

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April is ePoetry Month

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During the month of April, the USA celebrates National Poetry Month, a literary celebration inaugurated by theAcademy of American Poets in 1996. To join the celebrations, the Electronic Literature Organization and I ♥ E-Poetry will be publishing a calendar (below) to highlight e-poetry performance and publication events from around the world.

The ELC3 Bot will be featuring 54 works of e-poetrypublished in the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3.

Don’t know what e-poetry is? Read Leonardo Flores’ definition.

The calendar below will be updated regularly during the month of April. To add your events, publications, performances, etc to the calendar, please contact Leonardo Flores at leonardo.flores at upr.edu.

 

Plataformas de la imaginación October 2015-Jan 2016

ELO is proud to sponsor Plataformas de la imaginación in Mexico City! (October 2015-January 2016)

Plataformas de la imaginación is the first initiative in Mexico carried out to present the current state, the historic trajectory, and the aesthetic variety of electronic literature produced around the world. In consonance with the literary, interdisciplinary, artistic and technological avant-gardes at an international level, this project aims to place electronic literature in the central discussion of the artistic agendas in general, and that of digital culture in particular. The various events comprising the project will be held in Mexico City, and include multiple activities with the support of prestigious Mexican institutions.

The activities of Plataformas de la Imaginación include three exhibits at Universum-Museo de Ciencias (universum.unam.mx), Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco (tlatelolco.unam.mx) and Centro de Cultura Digital (centroculturadigital.mx); a handful of interventions and live performances in Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola (casadellago.unam.mx); the world premiere of Eugenio Tisselli’s new piece will take place in Palacio de Bellas Artes (palacio.bellasartes.gob.mx). Additionally, an international symposium will be held at Sala Carlos Chávez of the Centro Cultural Universitario (cultura.unam.mx) featuring conferences by invited artists, critics, and scholars, both national and international.

Featured artists: Alison Clifford, Belén Gache, Benjamín Moreno, Eduardo Kac, Eugenio Tisselli, Jörg Piringer, Loss Pequeño Glazier, María Mencía, Serge Bouchardon, Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Amaranth Borsuk, bpNichol ✝, David Clark, Gustavo Romano, and Jan Robert Leegte. Platformas de la Imaginación was designed by the Laboratorio de Literaturas Extendidas y Otras Materialidades (lleom), a scholarly independent Mexican organization that promotes the creative, analytic and theoretical work linked to hybrid artistic processes and objects (digital and non-digital), with intermedial and literary studies as starting point.
 
 
Timeline
 
Symposium
Oct. 8-9. 2015. Máquinas de Inminencia. Sala Carlos Chávez, UNAM.
Exhibits
 
Oct. 9-Dec. 6, 2015 Literatura electrónica. Escenarios híbridos. Universum-Museo de las Ciencias
Nov. 12, 2015-Jan 17, 2016 Literatura electrónica. Política y cuerpo en el presente digital. Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco
Oct. 23.-Dec 13, 2015. Selecciones como objetos. Centro de Cultura Digital.
Interventions
October 14-18. Miradas desde el post-Internet. El regreso a los materiales. Casa del Lago Juan José Arreola
October 16. IP Poetry: Acto en vivo
October 8. Nuevas y viejas prácticas de lectura: migraciones de una lectura nómada. Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, Auditorio
October 10. Crítica de la hibridez digital. Conversación sobre arte electrónico. Museo Universitario del Chopo
October 23. Lectura sonora. Centro de Cultura Digital
November 5. Estreno mundial de La tiranía del código, de Eugenio Tisselli. Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes
November 12. Performance sonoro El Fonófono de Tito Rivas. Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco

Off-Site ASA E-Lit Reading (Nov 6)

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Game Over
The Fun and Fury of Electronic Literature

An evening of poetry and digital art performances

Date: November 6, 8-9:30pm, Doheny Library, USC

The Off-Site performances of digital literature for the 2014 conference of the American Studies Association in Los Angeles.
Join us for an evening of readings of electronic literature. Bots, Apps, and more from the future of reading and writing!

Featuring: . micha cardenas, MD Coverley, Max Geiger, Samantha Gorman, Jeff Knowlton, Adam Sulzdorf-Liszkiewicz, and Brian Kim Stefans.

8pm, Doheny Library.

Location: Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, 2nd Floor Doheny Library, USC

Organized by Leonardo Flores (UPRM) and Mark C Marino (USC)

Directions from the Westin Bonaventure
Take Metro Expo Line (toward Culver City) from Metro Center Station
See more directions here

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This week: ELO 2014 Hold the Light

Logo for ELO14 conferenceThis week we preempt our Summer eReading series to bring you a host of works featured in the 2014 ELO Conference: Hold the Light June 18-21 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  And conference organizers Stuart Moulthrop, Marjorie Luesebrink, Sandy Baldwin, and Kathi Inman Berens have brewed up a lake of Milwaukee’s finest.  You can download the full program.

The conference features three electronic galleries.  The first is on-site, featuring a wide variety of works by new and established authors. The second is online, the Media Arts Gallery, featuring a virtual exhibition of the works from the juried show.  The third is the Gallery of E-Lit 1st Encounters, which feature first time e-lit authors – or at least those new to ELO.

Organized by Kathi Inman Berens and vetted by the gallery jurors, the various exhibition halls have much to dig into even if you can’t make it to Milwaukee. If you can make it, you are in for a wonderful set of panels, roundtables, keynotes, and evening performances.  See the full schedule here.

And stay tuned.  On Friday, at the banquet, the winners of the N. Katherine Hayles and Robert Coover prizes will be announced.  You’ll find out who won if you follow the #elo14 hashtag or the @eliterature Twitter account.

You’ll also find updates in the Facebook group as well.