ELMCIP E-Literature and New Media Art Seminar

Thursday, September 22, 2011 to Friday, September 23, 2011
City Hotel Conference Center
Dalmatinova Street 15.
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This seminar seeks to broaden the conceptual space of media-shaped electronic literature through a ground-up conceptualisation that draws inspiration from various textual practices based on an experimental account with cyber-language at the intersection of various fields and disciplines. The seminar is structured as an event of peer-reviewed theory panels, demonstrations (including artistic performances by practitioners) and individual presentations.

A goal of the Ljubljana seminar will be to discuss the challenges posed by new media and to situate electronic literature within a history of new media. Topics that might be addressed include:

• Discussing and interrogating the key concepts, devices, methods and approaches within the field of electronic literature.
• Questioning the literary nature of often hybrid and mixed-media digital texts within the constraints of electronic literature.
• Defining innovation in the field through considering it as a deviation from print-based literature and applying the concept of de-familiarization.
• Querying the social implications of new media textual practices and how they relate to issues of gender, the digital divide, new media literacy and social networking.
• Defining the reading of digital texts which, in terms of their interruptive and nervous nature, demand the tactile motor activity of “mouse reading”.
• Analyzing electronic literature through relating it to textual practices and performance within the (European) avant-garde and neo-avant-garde.
• Evaluating the audience of electronic literature, asking how such novel textualities produce new audiences sometimes closer in character to DJ and VJ culture.
• Questioning the aesthetics of electronic literature, taking into account the hybrid modalities of new-media affected perception, such as "not-just-reading" and "not-just-seeing", by addressing the roles of proprioception and tactility in reading.
• Exploring electronic literature and the language of the Internet within the expanded field of 'post-print' text, as found in email, SMS texting, chat forums and other popular textual communication media.
• Analyzing and defining the ontological specificity of an E-Literary art articulated as process, software and performance that disrupts the expectations of readership.
• Evaluating digital creative communities as temporary social and artistic structures embedded in present social realities in relation to concepts such as post-Fordism, hactivism, "playbour", the attention economy and P2P initiatives.


(Source: CFPs)

Critical writing presented

Title Author
(Techno)dispositifs in Contemporary Art Practice: Fifty-year Theater Performance Noordung 1995-2045 by Dragan Živadinov Bojan Anđelković
Acoustic and Visual Imagination in Poetry from the Neo_Avantgarde to New Media Poetry in Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Poetry Dubravka Djurić
Big Brother really is watching you: Literature in mobile dataspace Beat Suter
Code, Interpretation, Avant-garde Roberto Simanowski
Comparative Analysis of the Cyberfeminist Hyperfiction and New Media Art work: Francesca da Rimini’s Dollspace Maya Zalbidea Paniagua
Do the Domains of Literature and New Media Art Intersect? The Cases of Sonnetoid web projects by Vuk Ćosić and Teo Spiller Aleš Vaupotič
E-literature and the New Social Paradigms Janez Strehovec
Is There a Message in the Medium? The Materiality of Language John Cayley
Literary Aspects of the New Media Art Works by Jaka Železnikar and Srečo Dragan Narvika Bovkon
New Media ArtPoetry: A Textu(r)al Surface María Mencía
New Media Textuality and Semiotics Teo Spiller
Poetry Confronting Digital Media Giovanna Di Rosario
Programmed digital poetry: a poetry of the apparatus; media art? Philippe Bootz
Reflections on the iconicity of digital texts Alexandra Saemmer
Reversed Remediation. A Critical Display of the Workings of Media in Art Saskia Korsten
Reversed Remediation. How Art Can Make One critically Aware of the Workings of Media Saskia Korsten
The Extensions of the Body in New Media Art Maja Murnik
The Four Corners of the E-lit world. Textual Instruments, Operational Logics, Wetware Studies and Cybertext Poetics Markku Eskelinen
Why digital games and networks can help us to change reality and generate concrete changes in social environments Patrícia Gouveia
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