This year’s Interactive Fiction Competition, the 11th annual “comp,” was won by Jason Devlin’s Vespers. There was a tie for second place between Beyond, a game by Italian authors Roberto Grassi, Paolo Lucchesi and Alessandro Peretti, and A New Life by Alexandre Owen Muñiz. Voting in the competition was open to the public; more than 100 people downloaded the competition entries, interacted with at least five, and voted. The full results have been posted; all the pieces entered remain available for free download.
Read Domenico Quaranta’s recent interview with Helen Thorington, a founding organizer and current co-director of Turbulence.org, at Turbulence. Also forthcoming in Cluster #5. Thorington discusses the origin and development of Turbulence, which has produced over 300 projects over the last 15 years and currently has approximately 80 net art projects running.
Today in TrÃƒÂ³pico — the Brazilian online magazine of Art, New Technologies, Cinema, and Culture — there’s an interview with ELO board member Noah Wardrip-Fruin by CÃƒÂcero InÃƒÂ¡cio da Silva. A broad range of perspectives on digital media (literary, ludic, and simulation-oriented perhaps chief among them) are employed for discussing computer games.
At the top of the Arts section of yesterday’s The New York Times readers found an image of Grace and Trip, characters from the eagerly-awaited interactive drama FaÃƒÂ§ade. The story, “Redefining the Power of the Gamer,” covers a number of projects and points of view from the recent Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment conference (AIIDE) in Los Angeles.
Adam Baer’s New York Times article “Call Me E-Mail: The Novel Unfolds Digitally” features comments by ELO board members Thom Swiss and Noah Wardrip-Fruin. To read the entire article, you must register with the NY Times online, a free service.
Deena Larsen is one of the people interviewed in “The Uncertain Future of the Past,” Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan 30, 2004. The article describes the threatened loss of electronic documents as their formats become obsolete and newer machines cannot read them.
The UCLA school paper ran a story on the electronic literature reading held on October 19 at Beyond Baroque in Los Angeles. M.D. Coverley and Stephanie Strickland read to a full audience. The event was sponsored by the ELO.
Ravi Shankar, the editor of Drunken Boat, attended the 2002 State of the Arts symposium in Los Angeles and filed a brief “DOMO ARIGATO, E.L.O.: POSTCARD FROM LOS ANGELES” for Poets and Writers online, summarizing his experience of the symposium.