About Projects

ELL has been founded for the purpose of studying the curation, preservation, and production of born digital literary works and other media that are participatory, interactive, and experiential. At the heart of what we do is care for the digital objects that reflect human expression and creativity, ensuring that they remain accessible to the public and sustainable over time. Activities include:

Hosting live, global events, like Live Stream Traverals, that make access to works rendered obsolete by outmoded hardware and software





Creating exhibits that make works available to the public and promote further study of them by others, like Beyond Grammatron, held in 2017 at the British Computer Society and  Tear Down the Wall, held in 2019 at Hof, Germany in conjunction with the ACM Hypertext 2019




Documenting  works of born digital literature in published scholarship and scholarly databases, such as Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Writing and Rebooting Electronic Literature, Volume 1 (2018)and  Rebooting Electronic Literature, Volume 2 (2019).




Reconstituting web environments such as the early networked communities like the trAce Online Writing Centre and The Progressive Dinner Party, originally published in 2000 in Riding the Meridian




Restoring outmoded works of electronic literature like Deena Larsen’s kanji-kus and the 447 Flash and Shockwave works that form the basis of the Afterflash project




Building repositories, archives, and collections like the ELO Repository





Recovering works like the frAme journal






Producing multimedia, open source book environments for scholarship and creative output, like the Proceedings for the Electronic Literature Organization 2013 Conference and Rebooting Electronic Literature




Direct links to our projects can be found on the Projects menu.