Tuesday, July 9th Nouspace Gallery and Media Lounge launched its new show, “Pathfinders, the Art of Early Digital Pioneers”. This show not only highlights four artists whose works are considered to be pivotal in the development of electronic literature, but it invites guests to interact with the work on vintage Macintosh computers.
“Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature,” led by Dene Grigar (Washington State University Vancouver) and Stuart Moulthrop (University of Wisconsin––Milwaukee), is a digital preservation project that captures an important moment in literary history: the development of early digital literature. As such, it aims to enrich our understanding of key texts from that moment and pioneer methods that can be used to preserve and explore other examples of participatory media. It is funded by a Digital Humanities Start Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Following a day filled video taping the first traversal in the eLit Lab at Washington State University Vancouver, the author of Victory Garden, Stuart Moulthroup attended the gallery opening. Wrapping up the night, Moulthrop served as the guest speaker where he delivered a presentation titled “Failure to Contain: Electronic Literature and the State of (Machine) Reading.”
A special thanks to the Columbian for reporting on the Pathfinders project.