Featured Artists & Works at the "Avenues of Access" Exhibit

Electronic Literature is viewed by many of its scholars and artists, such as C.T. Funkhouser and Eduardo Kac, as a descendant of experimental poetry produced in Europe, North America, and South America. It is a trajectory that begins in the early 20th century and has continued on to the current time, encompassing a variety of forms. The driving force behind it, however, is technological experimentation and innovation, not necessary limited to the computer but certainly at its center until the end of the 20th century.

The artists and works featured in this exhibit represent a broad cross section of approaches and styles. It also showcases works in and outside of the U.S. and, so, highlights 33 artists and 33 works of literary art from Canada, the UK, France, Portugal, Germany, Austria, and Australia. Because the ultimate goal of this exhibit is to present Electronic Literature in a way that makes it is approachable to non-practitioners and scholars new to it, it is into five categories: e-Essay, Multimodal Poetry, Multimodal Narrative, Literary Games, and Mobile/Locative.

"Works on Desktop," curated by Dene Grigar

"Mobile — Geolocative Works," curated by Kathi Inman Berens

"Readings — Performances," curated by Lori Emerson

A special thanks to the MLA Staff and Organizing Committee for allowing us to provide this scholarship to the organization at the conference.