We're looking to hire someone to work with ELMCIP and two other digital humanities research infrastructure projects in our department. At present we have a temporary position lined up that will likely be extended. If you know of anyone well-qualified who would be interested in spending some time in Norway working with two very active research groups in the Digital Humanities, please ask them to get in touch:
Digital Humanities Research Infrastructure Position at the University of Bergen, Norway
We are hiring for a full-time position working with the research projects ELMCIP, DASISH and Clarino. The position is for 9 months, with the possibility that it may be extended. The position will be housed in the Department of Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic Studies and will involve work with researchers in the Computational Linguistics and Digital Culture programs. The work consists essentially of the following in cooperation with active research groups:
- Design and/or maintenance and modification of databases with web interface and the organization of linguistic and literary data and metadata for research purposes;
- Integration of projects into national research infrastructure;
- Documentation, licensing, usage analysis, evaluation and training;
- Project management, planning, reporting, communication and meetings.
We are ideally looking for someone with experience working with Drupal development and experience working with research infrastructure projects involving metadata. This is a position that bridges research and technical skills so we are looking for someone with strengths in both areas. Salary is competitive, and we are looking for someone able to start work as soon as possible. Qualifications: Experience in research infrastructure and/or digital humanities research and strong technical competence. An M.A. or Ph.D in a related research field are desirable.
The ELMCIP Knowledge Base has moved from a commercial host to faster servers at NorStore. This is a long-awaited development that will lead to better performance and room to grow, both in terms of memory and storage. Thanks to NorStore and to Stein Magne Bjørklund, who has been working his happen. A lot of behind the scenes problems that resulted in sluggishness will be solved for this, and we will soon be implementing new search functionality. This is also the first stage of our post-HERA funding plan in which the ELMCIP KB will be hosted on Norwegian national research infrastructure for a long term after the HERA project ends. There may be some anomolies as we complete this transition but we are very pleased to see this development, which we have been working for more than a year to bring about, come to light.
HERA: Humanities in the European Research Area funded the production of a short documentary based on the Remediating the Social Conference and Exhibition, and which provides a general introduction to the ELMCIP project and a summary of its results. Directed and produced by Edinburgh filmmaker Richard Ashrowan, the documentary has been released in two versions: a five minute version and a longer twelve minute cut which includes more material including performance documentation and short interviews with some artists and presenters. Both are attached here, documented in the Knowledge Base, and published on the ELMCIP Vimeo channel.
The ELMCIP Anthology of European Electronic Literature edited by Maria Engberg, Talan Memmott, and David Prater, is now online. The anthology is intended to provide educators, students and the general public with a free curricular resource of electronic literary works produced in Europe. The works were selected, after an open call, based on four main criteria: European diversity, Formal diversity, Historical relevance, and Pedagogical relevance. The anthology includes 18 works of electronic literature from 10 different nations in 10 different languages, as well as pedagogical materials, cross-links to relevant materials in the ELMCIP Knowledge Base, and video presentations. The anthology is available both online and in a USB edition available for libraries and institutions.
We are in the process of implementing a new design of the ELMCIP website and installing new templates and features. For the next couple of weeks, you may see some idiosyncratic design issues. We will leave the site live as the new design is put into place so that users can access the Knowledge Base and other resources as the new design is being implemented.
The ELMCIP report on Electronic literature publishing and distribution in Europe by Markku Eskelinen and Giovanna Di Rosario has been released online. The report, produced by the Unviersity of Jyväskylä ELMCIP team, surveys publication and distribution venues for electronic literature in Europe, including:
* electronic literature magazines and portals online
* electronic literature competitions
* online art sites including literary digital works
* offline presentations in galleries, museums, etc.
Chercher le Texte: Locating the Text in Electronic Literature
The Electronic Literature Organization 2013 Conference
Hosted by the Laboratoire Paragraphe and the EnsAD (Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs)
Paris, France, September 24-27, 2013
Deadline for Abstracts: December 31, 2012.
Keywords: e-literature, electronic literature, e-lit, digital literature, literature, world literature, literary semantic web, literariness, new materialisms, new media, locative media, archiving, language, actor-network theory, cognitive capitalism
The Electronic Literature Organization (http://eliterature.org), the leading organization devoted to electronic literature, announces its 2013 conference to be held in Paris, France, September 24-27, 2013. The conference is hosted by the Laboratoire Paragraphe and the EnsAD (Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs). Along with the conference organizers and hosts, other partners include: Université Paris 8, Laboratoire Transferts critiques et dynamiques des savoirs, Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF), and Le Cube. The official languages of the conference will be French and English.
Proposals are welcome on topics within electronic literature, including but not limited to:
- Digital culture
- Code and software studies
- Digital art
- Translation of electronic literature
- Preservation and digital cultural heritage in literature
- E-literature and the body
- Digital poetics
- Digital storytelling
- Mobile/locative media
The conference title is “Chercher le Texte: Locating the Text in Electronic Literature.” Electronic literature is explicitly defined as literature. Yet there is great confusion about the concept of text at work in it. What defines the textuality of games, visual works, and works without any evident language? The ELO 2013 conference in Paris will confront such issues: to seek out the text and attempt to define the literariness of electronic literature.
Over the past two decades, while numerous creative and critical movements have taken hold within and without academia, creators have been newly conceiving, and scholars resituating, literary works in new media. Early warnings that we might all get “lost in hyperspace” were overcome fairly easily - perhaps too easily when one considers that our first, most challenging conceptions of electronic writing have never quite been realized. Is there a way to mark the multiplicity of new writing in new media? Can commonalities and distinctions among emerging literary practices be noted? Are there new possibilities for language-based forms in programmable media? Can scholarly discussions surrounding works be carried on over time and among various groups, in the media where the works are generated?
ELO 2013 seeks to open the discussion beyond the remediation of literary writing from print to screens, by looking at ways that literary works, and “literariness” generally, circulates through a world system that has itself altered dramatically in the years since the first works of e-lit were produced. New media, from this perspective, are just the most visible instance of emerging economic, social systems, remediations, and subjectivities that impact literary production (as they impact our lives) from every side. New media are now being described, and re-imagined, in terms of new materialisms; discourse networks find new and different alignments within and without institutions, and both human agency and authorial presence have taken on new and sometimes strange forms.
The Electronic Literature Organization and Université Paris 8 invite individual paper proposals, panel proposals, and proposals for alternative formats. Submit abstracts of 200-500 words to Easychair at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elo2013. Send questions to Joseph Tabbi <email@example.com> or Philippe Bootz <firstname.lastname@example.org>. A separate call for creative works will be issued shortly.
CFP for CLCWeb special issue on Electronic Literature and Cyberculture Deadline Extended to 01.03.2013
CFP ELECTRONIC LITERATURE AND CYBERCULTURE
CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 16.5 (2014)
Papers are invited for a special issue New Works on Electronic Literature and Cyberculture of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 16.5 (2014): <http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweb> (Purdue University Press ISSN 1481-4374). Guest edited by Maya Zalbidea Paniagua (Universidad La Salle, Madrid), Asunción López Varela (Universidad Complutense, Madrid) and Mark Marino (University of Southern California), the theme of the special issue is in the context of digital humanities about critical, social, philosophical, gender and pedagogical aspects of electronic literature, digital art and cyberculture. Please send papers in 6000-7000 words to Maya Zalbidea at <email@example.com> by 1 March 2013 (Extended deadline). Of particular interest are papers on cybertext/hypertext theory and application; hypertext fiction (flash fiction, e-poetry, digital storytelling, online graphic novels, etc.); game studies, net and video art; and gender, identity, race, and sexuality in cyberspace. For the style of the journal consult <http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/clcweblibrary/clcwebstyleguide>. Articles published in the journal are double-blind peer reviewed and indexed, among others, in the Thomson Reuters ISI Arts and Humanities Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index.
Inquiries and papers should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Maya Zalbidea Paniagua
Universidad La Salle, Madrid
Situated in the Main Lecture Theatre at the Edinburgh College of Art the ELMCIP final conference "Remediating the Social" is about to begin. A live twitter feed of tweets tagged with #ELMCIP is projected in the conference area for local and remote audiences to participate with comments and questions.
It is also possible to follow the conference remotely via the ELMCIP channel on Bambuser, streaming the presentations and panels continuously.
[cross-posted at jill/txt]
Today, in an extension of the ELMCIP project, we've gathered electronic literature experts with gallerists, artists and curators from Bergen at Hordaland kunstsenter for a workshop on Curating and Exhibiting Electronic Literature. This is also a step in preparing to host the ELO conference here in Bergen in 2015. Our goal is to learn more about how to think when we curate exhibitions for the ELO2015 conference, and specifically, to help formulate a call for works for the coming ELO Conference and Exhibition for works of electronic literature that is suited for the different Bergen venues which highlight the Bergen electronic art and literature scene.
I'm not going to blog every talk and discussion, but will "liveblog" a few interesting links and discoveries.
Nick Montfort talked, among other things, about Games by the Book, a recent exhibition at the Humanities Library at MIT, where books were presented along with games. Lovely idea for a library exhibition.
Dene Grigar talked us through some of the nine (so far!) exhibitions of electronic literature she's curated, and Simon Biggs and Mark Daniels skyped in from the ELMCIP conference in Edinburgh, Remediating the Social, to show us what the exhibition there looks like a couple of days before opening. Simon mentioned the challenges of a juried or peer reviewed selection process when you want to create a coherent, curated exhibition. The hurricane on the East coast of the US is also causing trouble. Some art works have not arrived, others, like John Cayley and Daniel C. Howe's "Common Tongues", are at the gallery but without their artist, and with phone lines down and no way of contacting John, it's difficult to make sure the work is presented the way it was intended. Dene talked about how she got the electronic literature exhibition going at the MLA conference in 2012: figuring she could coast the digital humanities wave at the 2011 conference, she simply grabbed hold of the MLA leadership and asked if I could do it. She already owned all the computers and drove all the gear down to the conference (three hours from her home) along with students who worked as docents explaining the works to the audience. She borrowed pedestals from local galleries. MLA provided no funding, so she had to write a lot of grant applications.
Kristian Pedersen is an animator who works with poets to create beautiful moving poetry. He showed us the process behind one of his recent pieces, "Bokstavene" (or "Letters") which plays upon the very analogue human errors in consulting a microfilm archive.
Søren Pold talks about exhibitions he has done in collaboration with the Roskilde library, including one where readers use glued-together leather-bound books like Wii controllers to generate a poem, Tilfældigvis er skærmen blevet blæk ("Coincidentally, the screen has turned to ink"). After your interaction, it prints out the poem on a narrow slip of paper, and posts them to a blog. The installation was even more successful when presented at the Roskilde Festival, where the printouts were particularly useful: people took the printout back to their tents, showed them to friends and their friends came back and tried the installation out for themselves.
Rui Torres, who works on the Po-ex archive of Portuguese experimental poetry, talks about creating a database, and how the rigidity of the database and its metadata is necessary so we can be creative with the database. The interface is a kind of remix, you remix the content of your database through the interfaces, and sometimes the interface might be an exhibition.
Talan Memmott presents the ELMCIP Anthology of Electronic Literature, which is being launched this week at the Remediating the Social conference in Edinburgh. Eighteen works from across Europe - it looks beautifully clean and inviting. The physical edition is on a cute little flash drive and it will also be released online soon.
Sissel Lillebostad teaches curators at KHiB. When you work with commissions in public space, you deal with a very present audience. The space is already occupied: by people, their needs, visions, routines, habits, expectations, information. When introducing art into this kind of space, you have to do it by violence. You have to actually conquer the space for art. Time is also important. KORO expects publicly funded public art to last for at least twenty years. The curator's space is a wish, a vision. It is redefined and created by three unstable structures: the art, its reception and the space itself. All are unforeseeable. A case study: Adsonore by Natasha Barrett, which is a sound installation in the stairwell of a building at the hospital - I blogged about it when it was first installed in 2003. Adsonore has turned out to be a complete failure, Sissel says (and I remember reading that it frightens the people who use the building), but, she asks, why? It was well-conceptualised, there were so many good things. But the people who work in the building hated it so much that it has been turned off. People responded in two ways. Some said well, it was exciting, kind of lively, but a bit frightening at night when I heard voices at the bottom but couldn't see anything. But 80% became very hostile to the work in the first few months after it was installed. The space was too much for the work. So Natasha Barrett changed the system to only run during office hours. That didn't help. The sounds it creates are too intense - every little movement reverberates through the space. Slamming doors, echos, fragments of conversations from last year, yesterday, ten minutes ago. It's a text, and it forces anyone who walks through that You want to be able to focus completely on art. But in public space you also need to be able to ignore art. You cannot constantly be confronted by art. In a white cube, you can install art that is very demanding. But you can't do that in a public space.
A panel presents some local organizations and art spaces: Anne Marte Dyvi presents BEK, Bergen elektroniske kunstsenter, Malin Barth presents Foundation 3,14, and Elisabeth Nesheim presents the Piksel festival, subbing for Gisle Frøysland.
How does one plan exhibitions of electronic literature? Maya Økland from KNIPSU commented that while elit in the library seems like a great idea, for an art exhibition in a gallery you would be more interested in the quality of the content and context, the artistic quality, than in the platform or programming language. Anne Marthe Dyvi from BEK suggested commissioning site specific art where an artist/author spent an extended time in a specific place to create something particular to that site. She also suggested putting out a call for collaborations between artists and authors. Workshops and hackathons were suggested, much as the Piksel festival organises. What about residencies, Rod Coover asks? Conveniently, Vilde Andrea Brun from the Bergen Municipality (Bergen kommune) snuck in during this session, and as she works with funding for visual and literary arts is able to answer: the city funds residencies for international artists, some through USF, and also Hordaland fylke funds some too. So there are definitely opportunities for this.
At this point I had to rush to the preschool to pick up kids, but I'm looking forwards to the evening program:
20:30-23:00 Readings, Screenings and Performances at Gallery 3.14
"An Evening of Digital Narratives and Poetry"
Michelle Teran, Roderick Coover, Nick Montfort, Scott Rettberg, Talan Memmott, Kristian Pedersen, Rui Torres