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    Honoring Indigenous Day

    On Indigenous Day the Electronic Literature Lab honors the work of media artist Jackson 2bears, a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia installation/ performance artist and cultural theorist from Six Nations, who is currently based in Lethbridge Alberta, Canada—Treaty 7, Blackfoot Territory. In spring 2012 Jackson served as Artist in Residence with the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver. During that time he gave a multimedia performance entitled “Iron Tomahawks Episode 22, ” at the program’s launch party for its exhibition “Loud&Clear” held at the Northbank Artists Gallery. His work has been exhibited at the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal; Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, BC.); the Banff Centre (Banff, AB.);…

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    Working on The Alan Sondheim Collection

    Over a year ago, Alan Sondheim sent the lab five boxes of his personal papers, digital files, and other items to establish The Alan Sondheim Collection. We invited him to spend a week with us last March to go through the boxes and help with describing the material for the archives. He and his wife, Azure Carter, left their home by car and headed west to Vancouver, WA. By the time they arrived in Denver, the coronavirus had hit Washington State, and the governor issued the shut down order. When we all realized that the situation was not going to improve but instead worsen, Alan and Azure turned around and…

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    Traversal of Bernstein and Sweeney’s The Election of 1912

    Join us for the second of nine Traversals this year, The Election of 1912, performed by authors, Mark Bernstein and Erin Sweeney. Because The Election of 1912 is the first of 48 born-digital works published by Eastgate Systems, Inc., this event should be of interest of scholars of hypertext studies, electronic literature, early digital culture, material culture, and electronic writing. Also of interest to an Americans audience is the political ramifications of the 1912 election: Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, ran against incumbent Republican president, Howard Taft, and 3rd party candidate Theodore Roosevelt of the Bull Moose Party, and won. It was the first time since 1892 that a Democrat had…

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    Announcing ELL Affiliates, 2020-2021

    Below is the press release from Washington State University Vancouver dated 8 September 2020 about our new ELL Affiliates: https://bit.ly/2Zvv9Rl WSU Vancouver’s Electronic Literature Lab hosts two international scholars Two internationally renowned scholars will spend the 2020/21 academic year at WSU Vancouver as research affiliates in the Electronic Literature Lab. They are Astrid Ensslin, professor in digital humanities and game studies and director of media and technology studies at the University of Alberta, Canada; and Mariusz Pisarski, of the Department of Media Communication and Journalism at the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów, Poland. The two will collaborate with ELL Director Dene Grigar on such projects as live-streamed performances…

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    Live Playthrough/Traversal/Performance of Robert DiChiara’s “A Sucker in Spades”

    Friday, 9/11, 2020 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. PDT Live on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzeZQ05p_1Tli0lDBeWMxOA/live #ELitLab Join us for a live YouTube event: A playthrough of Robert DiChiara’s detective-adventure game, “A Sucker in Spades” (1988). For the playthrough we’ll be using the 3.5-inch floppy disk on which the work was originally published and a Macintosh Classic running System Software 6.0.3. Performing the work are Mariusz Pisarski, an electronic literature researcher, editor, producer, and translator and Dene Grigar, director of the Electronic Literature Lab at Washington State University. Safety precautions due to COVID-19 means we will be using a combination of Zoom, YouTube, and OBS software to allow Pisarski, located in London, to remotely guide…

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    Rebooting Electronic Literature Volume 3 Is Released!

    Rebooting Electronic Literature Volume 3, co-authored by Dene Grigar, Holly Slocum, Kathleen Zoller, Nicholas Schiller, Moneca Roath, and Mariah Gwin, was released on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 8 a.m. PDT. This open-source, multimedia book produced on the Scalar platform features born digital literary works published on floppy disks, CD-ROMs, and other media formats held among the 300 in Grigar’s personal collection in the Electronic Literature Lab at Washington State University Vancouver. An annual publication, the book features selected works highlighted for a Traversal during the year.  The five works selected for Volume 3 all constitute long-form narrative writing often identified as a hypertext novel or interactive narrative. Several of them  have been deemed by critics over the…

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    How We Spent Our Summer Vacation, or No Rest for the Wicked

    The ELL Team spent some time during our weekly team meeting yesterday reflecting about the projects we took up and/or completed over the 14 weeks of the summer. As the time passed, the list grew. A frequent, “Oh, we forgot this one!” and “Oh, remember we did that, too?” produced a litany of work recounted with no little bit of reverence by the five of us. So, in the spirit of documentation, here is the list that shows that we spent our summer vacation very fruitfully. . . Presented a paper the DHSI Project Management conference We kicked off our summer break with Holly, Kathleen and I preparing for the…

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    2020-2021 Traversal Schedule

    Continuing with the documentation of born digital literature published on 3.5-inch floppy disks and CD-ROMs between 1986-2014, the Electronic Literature Lab is excited to announce the 2020-2021 Traversal  Schedule. Additionally we are honored to be collaborating with two prominent scholars in the field––Mariusz Pisarski (Poland) and Astrid Ensslin (Canada)––in order to expand the Traversal schedule to nine works and the publication output for the Rebooting Electronic Literature series to Volumes 4 & 5.  The Traversal process will differ from previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because we cannot bring authors to the lab to perform at the event, we are experimenting with remote performances via YouTube Live. The URL…

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    Well, Now What?

    Having just spent the better part of a month preparing for ACM Hypertext ’20 and ELO 2020, especially on the reading and exhibition associated with “An Afternoon with afternoon,” the question is, “Now What?” Ah, dear readers, never fear! The ELL Team has plenty to keep itself busy with. Here is the rundown as of today: Rebooting Electronic Literature, Volume 3 Our annual book, now in its third year, is due at the end of August.  Electronic Literature Lab Catalog Yes, we are still migrating content from the old catalog to the new one. But it is gradually getting done. Electronic Literature Repository We continue to add works to this…

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    ELL Is Participating This Week in 2 Virtual Conferences

      The ELL Team is involved in two virtual conferences this week: ACM Hypertext ’20 and ELO 2020. Both were meant to be co-located in Orlando, FL and hosted by the University of Central Florida. The coronavirus, however, moved them both to Zoom, Discord, and other platforms.  On July 15, we are hosting the virtual event, “An Afternoon with afternoon,” an event that takes place on Zoom during the last day of Hypertext ’20 and the 1st day of ELO 2020. Dene is moderating; Greg, Holly, and Kathleen are trouble-shooting and managing the Chat. Dene is also on an asynchronous panel, entitled “1990s Literary Hypertext in the 21st Century,” with…