1st February 2017 – Electronic Literature & The Art of Preservation with Dene Grigar
Wednesday 1st February 2017
Penrhyn Road PRJG0002 17.00 – 18.30
Electronic Literature & The Art of Preservation
Poems created by erasing words through gestures, stories related via a database, performances made with motion tracking technology––these are some of the kind of literary art produced under the category of Electronic Literature. This presentation will provide an overview of Electronic Literature, relaying briefly its history, theories, and methods. It will also discuss some of the challenges the field faces, particularly in regards to preserving and maintaining its art for long term access.
Dene Grigar is Professor and Director of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver whose research focuses on the creation, curation, preservation, and criticism of Electronic Literature, specifically building multimedial environments and experiences for live performance, installations, and curated spaces; desktop computers; and mobile media devices. She has authored 14 media works such as “Curlew” (2014), “A Villager’s Tale” (2011), the “24-Hour Micro E-Lit Project” (2009), “When Ghosts Will Die” (2008), and “Fallow Field: A Story in Two Parts” (2005), as well as 52 scholarly articles. She also curates exhibits of electronic literature and media art, mounting shows at the Library of Congress and for the Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA), among other venues. With Stuart Moulthrop (U of Wisconsin Milwaukee) she is co-author of an open-source, multimedia book entitledPathfinders and book of media art criticism, entitled Traversals, for The MIT Press. She is President of the Electronic Literature Organization and Associate Editor of Leonardo Reviews.