335 scholars and artists submitted proposals for ELO2015

A man wearing an Oculus Rift visor and headphones experiences a work of immersive electronic literature by Caitlin Fisher at ELO2014 in Milwaukee. Photo:  Jill Walker Rettberg

Bergen is the 2015 host of the international Electronic Literature Organization conference, and has received a record number of submissions from scholars and artists around the world.

This August, scholars and artists from around the world will meet in Bergen to discuss, exhibit and perform literary works created to take advantage of the networked computer. The University of Bergen has been a hub for research on electronic literature since Espen Aarseth coined the term cybertext in 1995, and today hosts the ELMCIP Knowledge Base of Electronic Literature as well as a group of international scholars in the field in the Bergen Electronic Literature Research Group, which is led by Scott Rettberg. Scott Rettberg is also the Conference Chair for ELO2015.

2015 is just the second time the ELO conference has been held in Europe, and we were delighted to receive a record number of submissions for the conference this year. 335 scholars and artists from 39 different countries on all five continents have submitted proposals, with about half the proposals being for the exhibitions and performances and half being for the academic program.

In addition to a full academic program over three days, the conference will include evenings of performances and readings of electronic literature and four exhibitions of literary installations. The exhibitions will be held in partnership with local galleries and cultural spaces and will be open to the general public. They are intended to showcase the best contemporary electronic literature to a broad audience, including children.

The exhibitions will be:

1) "Hybridity and Synesthesia," hosted by Lydgalleriet. One of the evenings of performances will be hosted by the associated, concert-quality audio performance space at Østre.

2) "Kid-E-Lit," hosted by the Bergen Public Library.

3) "Decentering: Global Electronic Literature" exhibition will be hosted by Gallery 3,14.

4) "Interventions: Engaging the Body Politic" exhibition will be held at USF Verftet Visningsrommmet.

5) "The Emergence of Electronic Literature" is an exhibition documenting the history of electronic literature that will be shown at the Humanities Library at the University of Bergen.

The academic program, including papers, panels and workshops, will be held at the University of Bergen. There will also be a screening room of cinematic works as well as live performances of electronic literature at Det akademiske kvarter.

Dozens of reviewers are currently helping assess the submissions for the conference, and the program will be announced in March.

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Ink After Print by Søren Pold at the Electronic Literature Reading Series, Bergen Public Library, Dec. 2, 6 pm

For the last event of the Fall 2014 Electronic Literature Reading Series, the Bergen Electronic Literature Research Group at the University of Bergen and the Bergen Public Library present

Ink After Print by Søren Pold

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6-8 pm, Bergen Public Library, Auditorium

Ass. Prof. Søren Pold from the Aarhus University will present Ink After Print, an interactive, participatory, digital literary installation designed to make people engage with, and reflect on, the interactive qualities of digital literature in public settings such as libraries. Through their engagement with Ink, people can -- individually or collaboratively -- produce poems by interacting with three books embedded with a custom-made sensor system. People can produce new poems from sentences, written by Danish author Peter-Clement Woetmann in a playful way and take their poems with them on printed receipts. Ink has been exhibited at more than dozen libraries all over Denmark, and at numerous conferences and seminars.

The installation will be exhibited at the Bergen Public Library from November 24th, 2014.

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Ink After Pink (Danish):
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CFP ELO 2015 Bergen: The End(s) of Electronic Literature (15.12.2014; 5-7.08.2015)

Photo:  Talan Memmott (design)

ELO 2015: The End(s) of Electronic Literature

Bergen, Norway

August 5-7

The End(s) of Electronic Literature Conference will take place August 5-7, 2015, and is hosted by the Electronic Literature Research Group at the University of Bergen. Pre-conference workshops will take place on August 4th. The call for participation is available now and submissions will be accepted until December 15, 2014.

Conference Chair: Scott Rettberg, University of Bergen (
Program chair: Jill Walker Rettberg, University of Bergen (
Artistic Chair: Roderick Coover, Temple University

Call for Participation


The 2015 Electronic Literature Organization conference and festival will take place August 5-7th 2015. The conference will be hosted by the Bergen Electronic Literature research group at the University of Bergen, Norway with sessions at venues including the University of Bergen, Det Akademiske Kvarteret, the Bergen Public Library, the University of Bergen Arts library, USF Verftet and local arts venues. Bergen is Norway's second-largest city, known as the gateway to the fjords, a festival city and cultural center with a lively and innovative arts scene.


The deadline for submissions of research, workshop, and arts proposals is December 15, 2014.


The theme of the 2015 Electronic Literature Organization conference and festival is “The End(s) of Electronic Literature.” This theme plays on several different meanings of “ends.” Topics the conference papers and works will explore include:

  • Is “electronic literature” a transitional term that will become obsolete as literary uses of computational media and devices become ubiquitous? If so, what comes after electronic literature?
  • We can also question in what sense electronic literature and digital writing practices are a means to an end. If so, what are the ends of electronic literature? What political, ideological, aesthetic, and commercial ends or purposes do works of electronic literature serve?
  • In recent years, projects such as the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base have sought to highlight the work of scholars and artists who have worked outside of the mainstream of electronic literature as it has developed as a field, for instance developing research collections based on Russian and Brazilian electronic literature. This conference will seek to shed further light on international communities and practices in electronic literature that have not been widely addressed in the critical literature of the field, those that are located at the “ends” or margins of critical discourse in the field.
  • Electronic literature is situated as an intermedial field of practice, between literature, computation, visual and performance art. The conference will seek to develop a better understanding of electronic literature’s boundaries and relations with other academic disciplines and artistic practices.
  • As a laboratory for future literary forms, the field of electronic literature must count the youngest readers among its most significant group of end-users. One strand of this conference will focus specifically on digital reading experiences made for children.


For the conference research program we welcome contributions that address the conference themes. Most proposals will likely describe a scholarly presentation suitable for delivery in about 20 minutes, with time for questions. However we also welcome propsals for other forms of talks. At the time of proposal submission, authors will asked identify one of following presentation formats:

Paper (20 minute presentation): a presentation of a single by one or more paper by one or more authors (500 word abstract)

Panel (75 minutes): a proposal for a complete panel including separate papers on the same general topic (250 word overview plus 3-4 500 word abstracts).

Roundtable (1 hour): a group presentation of a particular topic emphasizing free-flowing discussion and audience interaction (500 word abstract).

Lightning talk (5 minutes): a short paper for a session focused on the question “What comes after electronic literature?” (250 word abstract).

Proposers must attend the conference. Speakers may not present in more than two sessions.

Presentations may include elements of demonstration or performance, as part of a discussion that goes beyond the work itself. With this stipulation, proposers are welcome to address their own work.

Submissions for the research program will be accepted from September 15th-December 15th, 2014 on Easychair:

Proposals will be peer-reviewed by the Research Program Committee. Papers will be accepted on the basis of abstracts. Although we will not require, we will encourage authors of papers accepted for the conference to make full-text versions of their papers available on the conference site prior to the conference. Authors of selected full paper submissions may be invited to contribute to a book or special issue of a journal to be published shortly after the conference. This publication opportunity will not be available to authors who do not upload their full-text papers.


We welcome proposals for pre-conference workshops to take place on Tuesday, August 4th at the University of Bergen.

Workshop sessions are focused on hands-on group work on a given project. For instance, working with a particular platform to learn how to use it to create works of e-lit, documenting work in a given database, sharing pedagogical models, curating electronic literature, etc. Workshops sessions are generally half-day (3 hour) or full-day (6 hour) sessions.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Workshop Program Committee and selected on the basis of their value to the e-lit community and available facilities to accommodate them.

Submissions for the workshop program will be accepted from September 15th-December 15th, 2014 on Easychair:


The Arts Festival will feature original artworks of diverse media that explore the conference theme and exhibition categories as well as a film festival and night of performances.

The Arts Festival will take place at venues throughout the city of Bergen and be open to the general public. The Arts Festival welcomes works that extend beyond the computer monitor and the gallery walls, such as sound works, mobile works and site-specific projects. It welcomes works that that engage the community. Some works may be considered for extended exhibition before and beyond the festival dates.

The Arts Festival provides an occasion for juried review, and extended display, performance, and presentation, of original works and a small number of commissioned artworks designed specifically for the festival. Works must engage categorical themes and ELO's broad interests in words and literary forms, whether in language, image or other media.

The Committee especially welcomes submissions from artists who are new to electronic literature or who are in the beginning stages of their e-­literary artistic production. Artists may apply for more than one category, but if so, they should indicate a priority, generally the most recent work or work most deeply engaged with the conference themes.

Submissions are being accepted for the following parts of the exhibition and performance program:

Hybridity and Synesthesia: Beyond Peripheries of Form and Consciousness
This aspect of the program will emphasize works, particularly installations, that push at the edges of literature and other forms, and that appeal to other aspects of the sensorium than those we typically associate with reading. Works for example that involve haptic sensation, touch-based interactivity, innovative audio elements, interactive images, or locative technologies.

Interventions: Engaging the Body Politic
This exhibition will feature works that engage with contemporary cultural discourse and political reality, challenging audiences to consider digital artifacts and practices that reflect and intervene in matters of the environment, social justice, and our relation to the habitus.

Decentering: Global Electronic Literature
While there are strong centers of activity in electronic literature in North America and Western Europe, innovations in digital textuality are also taking place in Eastern Europe and in the Southern hemisphere. This exhibition will focus on these lesser-known phenomena.

Kid-E-Lit: Digital Narratives for the Young
The first generation of digital natives is finding a plethora of apps and interactive digital narratives made for their iPads and computers, perhaps learning how to think in a new digital vernacular. This exhibition will focus on innovations in digital reading experiences for children.

Screening Room: E-Lit Film Festival
The first ELO film festival will feature films that have been produced recently about electronic literature and related practices, and will also include screenings of types of digital literature that benefit from sustained watching, such as poetry generators and kinetic poetry.

End(s) of Electronic Literature Performances and Readings
This aspect of the program will feature live readings and performances of works of electronic literature. Authors are encouraged to think broadly about modes of performance, ranging from traditional readings to more theatrical styles of presentation, and to consider opportunities for site-specific interventions in public space.

Except in special instances and with works represented in the ELC3 category, artists should be present to install their works at the beginning of the festival and to discuss their works.

Exhibition will be limited to available technology. While we can try to find solutions to special requests, we can make no promises on those lines. Selection will be made for both artistic and practical reasons.

Please clearly state what technology you require and/or what you will bring, particularly if it falls outside of these parameters. Please also state if you work requires a specific operating system (Linux, Mac, etc.) If your work cannot share a station, please clearly state why not. Films for the screening should be screened as .mov files with H264 compression unless necessarily otherwise.

Submissions for above parts of the Arts program will be accepted from September 15th-December 15th on Easychair:

ELC3 Preview Exhibition
Volume 1 (2006) and Volume 2 (2011) of the Electronic Literature Collection have been influential anthologies that helped shape the field. Volume 3 (2016) is now open for submissions. This exhibition will feature selected works from the latest instantiation of this important publication. The editors of ELC3 will curate this selection. To submit work for the ELC3, see: (ELC3 submission deadline Nov. 5, 2014).

Selections will be made via a three-­step jury review process. Members of the arts program committee will first review submissions, and then curators for each track of the program will select works from among those ranked most positively by the committee. The suggested works will then be reviewed as a whole in relation to practical conditions. Final selections will depend on available resources and constraints of individual venues.

See Submission Guidelines for further details.


Conference Chair: Scott Rettberg
Research Program Chair: Jill Walker Rettberg
Arts Program Chair: Roderick Coover
Research Program Committee: Espen Aarseth, Daniel Apollon, Sandy Baldwin, Laura Borras Castanyer, Yra van Dijk, Maria Engberg, Nina Goga, Dene Grigar, Davin Heckman, Raine Koskimaa, Nick Montfort, Søren Pold, Øyvind Prytz, Hans Kristian Rustad, Jessica Pressman, Eric Dean Rasmussen, Scott Rettberg, Alexandra Saemmer, and Joseph Tabbi.
Workshop Program Committee: Deena Larsen, Marjorie C. Luesebrink, and Patricia Tomaszek.
Arts Program Committee: Simon Biggs, Philippe Bootz, Serge Bouchardon, Kathi Inman Berens, JR Carpenter, Mark Daniels, Anne Marthe Dyvi, Natalia Fedorova, Leonardo Flores, Chris Funkhouser, Dene Grigar, Claudia Kozak, Talan Memmott, Maria Mencia, Judd Morrissey, Scott Rettberg, Stephanie Strickland, Rui Torres, Michelle Teran, and Jeremy Welsh.


If you know of friends, colleagues, or organizations not aware of ELO or this conference, please feel free to circulate this Call. A PDF version is available below.

179 Publications from the ELMCIP Project

As we prepare the final report of the ELMCIP project, we have published on the site a list of 179 publications resulting from the project. Some are still in press, but by the end of the year, the project will have published two books, a digital anthology of European electronic literature, four special issues of peer-review journals, and numerous articles and book chapters by PIs in ohter venues.

"The Exquisite Corpus" Video-Essay by Talan Memmott

ELMCIP and the Bergen Electronic LIterature Research Group are pleased to invite all interested to attend a special screening of Talan Memmott's hour-length video essay "The Exquisite Corpus" next Monday, Nov. 4th at UiB, HF Building in the Ad Fontes café, 18:00 -- an event jointly produced by the Digital Culture fagutvalg (DIKULT student organisation) and the Bergen Electronic Literature research group. UiB researcher Talan Memmott has been working on this film for the past couple of years -- it is composed of interviews with authors and critics active in the field of e-lit, and was mostly shot at the various ELMCIP (Electronic Literature as Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice: ) seminars and conferences that took place across Europe in 2011 and 2012. In the final cut, the director left out the questions, which have to do both with e-lit and with more general concerns about digital culture. It's one worth watching. If you can't make the screening, you can watch it online now on Vimeo:


ELMCIP Knowledge Base Now Hosted by NorStore

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.

ELMCIP Remediating the Social: Documentary Released

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.


ELMCIP Anthology of European Electronic Literature

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.

Design work in progress

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.

ELMCIP Report on Electronic Literature Publishing and Distribution in Europe

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
* collections
* online art sites including literary digital works
* offline presentations in galleries, museums, etc.