• Updates

    Literary Mobile Apps as the Next Frontier of Digital Preservation

    As many of us lament the loss of Flash, an event looming in 2020, [1] yet another frontier of digital preservation awaits us: literary mobile apps. Or shall I say, has been looming ever since Evan Young’s The Carrier (2009), the first literary mobile app, [2] went dark a few years back? Or how about the loss of some of my other personal favorites, Aaron Reed and Jacob Garbe’s multi-platform opus, Ice-Bound (2014), which is no longer available for Apple devices? Or Erik Loyer’s haunting narrative, Strange Rain (2011), now gone? Luckily, Loyer has updated his sci-fi work, Upgrade Soul (2012, 2019), which has not been available for a while. Besides the works already…

  • Electronic Literature,  Updates

    Megan Heyward’s Traversal of “of day of night”

    Friday, 11/8/19 12 p.m.-1:00 p.m. PDT Live on YouTube and F2F in the MOVE Lab, VCLS 3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzeZQ05p_1Tli0lDBeWMxOA/live Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=elitpathfinders Twitter: #ELitLab Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/electronicliteraturelab/ Join us for artist Megan Heyward’s Live Stream Traversal of her interactive, multimedia work, of day of night. Produced with Macromedia Director in 2001 and exhibited widely until its publication on CD-ROM by Eastgate Systems, Inc. in 2004, the work remains the last work the company published during the 1988-2004 period.  Heyward will be performing her work on an Apple G4 iMac (2002-2004), known affectionately as the “Lampshade Mac,” using the Mac OS X version. 

  • Pathfinders,  Ruminations,  Updates

    How to Write about Inaccessible Born-Digital Literature

    Having authored critical writing about born-digital literature with Stuart Moulthrop for both the multimedia book, Pathfinders (2015) and print-based book, Traversals (2017) and, then, publishing Rebooting Electronic Literature, Volume 1 (2018) with the ELL Team, I’ve had much time and practice writing about born-digital literature that is inaccessible to the public. With few exceptions, the focus has been on works to which few, if any, scholars have access. Think electronic literature and literary games published on 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch floppy disks and CD-ROMS with software no longer supported by contemporary computers. But writing for that kind of media is vastly different than writing about literature still in circulation and found on…

  • Updates

    Traversal of Eric Steinhardt’s Fragment of the Dionysian Body

    Performed by Dr. Anna Nacher, Fulbright-in-Residence, Winona State University Friday, 10/18/19 12 p.m.-1:00 p.m. PDT Live on YouTube and F2F in the MOVE Lab, VCLS 3 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGVGeei4_zw&feature=youtu.be Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=elitpathfinders Twitter: #ELitLab Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/electronicliteraturelab/ Join us for a Live Stream Traversal of Eric Steinhardt’s Fragment of the Dionysian Body, a hypertext essay created in 1997 as a “travelers guide to the intricacies of Friedrich Nietzche’s The Gay Science.” It will be performed by Dr. Anna Nacher, Associate Professor at the Institute of Audiovisual Arts, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland and a 2019-20 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence in the Creative Digital Media program at the Winona State University in Winona (MN).

  • Updates

    Announcing Anna Nacher’s Visit to ELL

    We are pleased to welcome Dr. Anna Nacher to the Electronic Literature Lab to perform in a Live Stream Traversal of Eric Steinhardt’s hypertext work, Fragments of the Dionysian Body, on Friday, October 18, from 12 noon-1 p.m.  Dr. Nacher is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Audiovisual Arts, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland and a 2019-20 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence in the Creative Digital Media program at the Winona State University in Winona (MN). Her research interests include digital culture, media art, and e-literature. She is currently pursuing a three-year long research project “The Aesthetics of Post-Digital Imagery: Between New Materialism and Object-Oriented Philosophy,” funded by Polish National Science Centre. She is…

  • Updates

    Consider It Down

    On Friday afternoon––after a very successful week––we closed the Tear Down the Wall: Hypertext & Participatory Narratives exhibition that ran in conjunction with the 2019 ACM Hypertext Conference. As my previous blog post outlined, we featured nine works by eight artists dating from the mid-1990s to the present. Represented were a variety of platforms, including Storyspace 3.0 and Twine, and a range of approaches from 3D narratives to soundscapes. I laid out the show in an unpredictable way. In other words, the works were not organized in chronological order or by genre. Instead, I wanted visitors to move around the space, encountering the works with a sense of wonder and delight.…

  • Updates

    Launch Party for Kathleen Zoller’s Book

    We are proud to announce the Launch Party in celebration of Kathleen Zoller’s, The Progressive Dinner Party Restored, a multimedia book built on the Scalar platform that presents her project to restore Jennifer Ley, Margie Luesebrink, and Carolyn Guyer’s special collection of women’s electronic literature, The Progressive Dinner Party, published in Ley’s journal, Riding the Meridian in 1996. Friday, September 27, 2019 1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. VMMC 111, Washington State University Vancouver Using Rhizome’s Webrecorder, local files sent to her by the artists, and the Wayback Machine, Kathleen painstakingly updated works produced with Flash or Shockwave for current browsers, restored missing media, and fixed external links where needed.  At the event…

  • Electronic Literature,  History,  Updates

    Expanding the David Kolb Collection

    On Friday, August 23, David Kolb, philosopher and author of the hypertext essay, Socrates in the Labyrinth (1994) spent the day with Astrid Ensslin and me in the lab. In the early afternoon, we held a formal event entitled, “For What Is Thinking, If Not Linear?’ – A Conversation with David Kolb, Astrid Ensslin, and Dene Grigar about Socrates in the Labyrinth, Hypertext, and the Lore of Electronic Literature,” that was videotaped by Undergraduate Researcher Moneca Roath and will be made available on Vimeo in early September. Later that afternoon, though, the three of us got together and went through the digital materials––lectures, published and unpublished hypertexts, printed essays, etc.––that David had brought…

  • Electronic Literature,  Updates

    Linking Literature & Games

    “Linking Literature & Games: Exploring Hypertext, Digital Fiction, & the Language of Gaming” is an exhibit curated by Mariah Gwin, an Undergraduate Researcher in the Electronic Literature Lab. Below is her curatorial statement and the list of items included in the exhibit. The URL to the archival site is http://dtc-wsuv.org/mgwin17/ensslin-exhibit. “Linking Literature and Games: Exploring Hypertext, Digital Fiction, and the Language of Gaming” presents literary games, hypertext, and digital fiction focusing on the scholarship of Astrid Ensslin, a professor from the University of Alberta specializing in Electronic Literature and Games. This exhibit features literary works, games, and hardware that date back to the mid-1980s and into the late 2000s. With…

  • News,  Updates

    Curatorial Statement for “Tear Down the Wall” Exhibition at ACM Hypertext ’19

    Below is my curatorial statement for the exhibition I am mounting at the ACM Hypertext ’19 conference at Hof University 17-20 September 2019. The archival website for the exhibition can be found here.  Tear Down the Wall: Hypertext and Participatory Narratives, held in conjunction with the ACM Hypertext 2019 at Hof, Germany, borrows the theme from the conference––tear down the wall––that celebrates the 30thanniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The conference has also been envisioned by Conference Chair Claus Atzenbeck to “reunify different hypertext research directions and communities” (“About”). Born digital literature––what has been come to be called electronic literature, or e-lit––is one of these directions and communities…