Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice: €1.000.000 Research Project Funded

Humanities in the European Research Area

Humanities in the European Research Area

Shortly before Christmas, we received some excellent news from the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) review panel. Our project “Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice” has been recommended for funding, pending final contract negotiations with the European Science Foundation to be completed in January 2010. Scott Rettberg, of the University of Bergen Linguistic, Literary, and Aesthetic department’s Digital Culture Group, will be the Project Leader. The total budget for the project as a whole will be just under 1.000.000 Euros.

“Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice” (ELMCIP) is a 3-year collaborative research project which will run from 2010-2013. The project will be funded under HERA joint research project theme: ’Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation’.

ELMCIP involves seven European academic research partners and one non-academic partner who will investigate how creative communities of practitioners form within a transnational and transcultural context in a globalized and distributed communication environment. Focusing on the electronic literature community in Europe as a model of networked creativity and innovation in practice, ELMCIP is intended both to study the formation and interactions of that community and also to further electronic literature research and practice in Europe.

The partners include: The University of Bergen, Norway (PL Scott Rettberg, Co-I Jill Walker Rettberg), the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland (PI Simon Biggs, Co-I Penny Travlou), Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden (PI Maria Engberg, Co-I Talan Memmott), The University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (PI Yra Van Dijk), The University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (PI Janez Strechovec), The University of Jyväskylä, Finland (PI Raine Koskimaa), and Univerity College Falmouth at Dartington, England (PI Jerome Fletcher), and New Media Scotland.

The project will fund three post-docs and one PhD. The positions that will be advertised include: a 20-month post-doc in electronic literature bibliography at the University of Bergen, a 12-month post-doc focused on electronic literature publication and education at Blekinge Institute of Technology, and a three year PhD in electronic literature and design at the Edinburgh College of Art. The project also funds a three-year post-doc in ethnography of digital culture at the Edinburgh College of Art (Penny Travlou).

The research outcomes of the project will include: a series of case studies and research papers on electronic literature, a series of public seminars on electronic literature in different cultural contexts, the production of an extensive online knowledge including papers and presentations from the seminars, project information and bibliographic records of works of electronic literature, a workshop on electronic literature and education and a companion anthology of electronic literature including pedagogical materials, a major international conference, a public exhibition of electronic literature artworks and performances. All publications resulting from the project, including conference proceedings, exhibition catalog, project documentation and the DVD anthology, will be made available on an open access basis.

As the lead partner, the University of Bergen will be responsible for overall project administration, for research and a seminar on electronic literature communities to take place in 2010, for the production of the project’s online knowledge base, and for the production of the project’s final report. UiB’s share of the project budget, pending ESF approval, is 298.625 Euros.

More information, including a website for the project, details of planned public events, and calls for projects and positions associated with ELMCIP, will be forthcoming soon.

Facebook Posts: Dec 2009

December 2009

DECEMBER 31
Scott updated his status.
Fireworks are legal in Norway for sale two days a year, and for use from now until midnight. That’s all cool, but the fountain we just lit was really lame, for 100 kroner. I hope some of this other stuff is less lame.
Scott updated his status.
Happy new year! It occurred to me today that I am looking forward to the return of “regular time.” Here’s to the snow melting and all of us returning to the workplace in the rain!
DECEMBER 29
Scott shared a link.

Op-Ed Contributor – Should Old Articles Be Forgot – NYTimes.com
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Heady stuff — hummingbird-size drones, clones from a bit of DNA scraped off your arm, and hundreds of habitable planets. Yet no one is making a stir about the fact that we still lack flying cars. I would have thought that by now we would have SOLAR-POWERED flying cars. Sadly no, we are still decades behind the Jetsons.
Scott updated his status.
Ashura, now that’s a serious religious ritual. Merry Ashura! Have you brought your own knife-tipped self-flaggelation chains, or would you like to borrow mine?
Scott updated his status.
Psycho is the ultimate family film.
DECEMBER 27
Scott shared a link.

The Lives They Lived – Travis the Chimp – He Was One of Us, Until He Wasn’t – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
The story of Travis the Chimp, who lived with humans for 30 years before one day, he committed a murder.
DECEMBER 26
Scott updated his status.
airplane bombers are really making travel less fun for the rest of us. That Amsterdam-Detroit route is one I’ve flown a number of times on my way home to Chicago. And who would want to crash a plane into Detroit anyway? If there’s any city that doesn’t need to be bombed . . .
Scott updated his status.
A lightning storm during a snow storm: weird.
Scott updated his status.
Headed off to a turkey dinner — end of a holiday trifecta, with pinnekjøtt Xmas eve, snow crab xmas dinner, and turkey tonight.
Kyle Rettberg posted something via mobile.
Merry Christmas, Scottie. We missed you guys today, but hope you had a wonderful day.
DECEMBER 25
Scott updated his status.
Jessica is an amazing Christmas baby. She didn’t get at all tired of opening packages and is now playing with EVERYTHING.
Scott updated his status.
wishes you an awesome Christmas!
DECEMBER 24
Scott shared a link.

Jack Bauer interrogates Santa
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DECEMBER 23
Scott updated his status.
Snow Crab for Christmas dinner. We were going to do turkey, but decided to do that on boxing day at Suzie’s, when Marion and Øyvind are in town.
Scott updated his status.
made corn flake/marshmallow/green food coloring wreaths with the kids, just like Christmas in America. Darn those things are tasty. Only trouble was we couldn’t find the red cinnamon candies, but the red M&Ms were a fine substitute.
DECEMBER 22
Scott updated his status.
Tomorrow night, Rope. We’ll save Psycho for Christmas Eve.
Scott posted a link to Electronic Literature Organization’s timeline.

TO STIPENDIATSTILLINGAR VED INSTITUTT FOR LINGVISTISKE, LITTERÆRE OG ESTETISKE STUDIU… | Jobbnorge
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The University of Bergen department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies will have two PhD stipends available in 2010. The stipends are awarded competitively to two of the top candidates who apply. Candidates must have completed an MA degree, have an excellent educational and research record, and have a well-developed project description. Digital Culture is one of the groups within LLE. W…
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Scott updated his status.
has stuffed stockings full of goodness and now feeling guilty about the future prognosis of my children’s tooth decay.
DECEMBER 21
Scott updated his status.
The holiday season family film festival continued this evening with Hitchcock’s the Birds. I think our 13 year-old is traumatized. But she has decided she does not want a bird for Christmas after all, so some good did come of the cinematic experience.
Scott updated his status.
using sled in lieu of stroller was a bad idea. We both tumbled down the hill. My back hurts and now my daughter may have a sledding phobia.
DECEMBER 20
Scott updated his status.
My daughter’s cold has caught up with her parents. I think she’s finally pulling out of it,but both Jill and I are completely zonked.
Scott wrote on Natalie Rettberg’s timeline.
Happy birthday, cousin. Have a great day!
Scott shared a link.

TO STIPENDIATSTILLINGAR VED INSTITUTT FOR LINGVISTISKE, LITTERÆRE OG ESTETISKE STUDIU… | Jobbnorge
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The University of Bergen department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies will have two PhD stipends available in 2010. The stipends are awarded competitively to two of the top candidates who apply. Candidates must have completed an MA degree, have an excellent educational and research record, and have a well-developed project description. Digital Culture is one of the groups within LLE. W…
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DECEMBER 19
Scott shared a link.
Place: Berlin (2009)
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Set of implementation photos from Berlin.
Scott wrote on Donna Nylen’s timeline.
Happy birthday, Aunt Donna!
DECEMBER 18

My Year In Status
I love crap like this that aggregates other crap and turns it into some new thing.

Scott posted something via My Year In Status.
Scott updated his status.
just got some incredibly good news — our HERA project application for “Developing a Network-Based Creative Community: Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP)” has been approved for funding!
DECEMBER 17
Scott updated his status.
Man today it was bitter cold — Chicago cold, not Bergen cold. I prefer Bergen cold, which is normally softer around the edges.
Scott updated his status.
enjoyed seeing the snow on the mountains during the flight back to Bergen.
Scott wrote on Ghosting’s timeline.
I’m not even in Farmville and I’ve noticed that if I try to fertilize more than one crop at a time things tend to go pear-shaped.
DECEMBER 15
Scott updated his status.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
DECEMBER 14
Scott shared a link.

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The David Foster Wallace Memorial Fund.
www.mcsweeneys.net
DECEMBER 13
Scott updated his status.
is in Berlin from tomorrow until Wednesday for the Humanities in the European Research Area conference.
Scott updated his status.
Enjoyed going on an expedition in the woods with the girls to saw down our own Christmas tree yesterday. Then went to a birthday party for one of the girls from Jessica’s school. Today, Jessica’s busy social calendar continues with a kids Xmas party.
DECEMBER 12
Scott updated his status.
3 million dollars were recently spent to kill one Aisan carp. Asian carp can almost fly. Numerous boaters have been injured by the fish, which can leap 8-10 feet out of the water. Biologist expected to find more carp in the cull. It was an expensive fish, and it is almost surely inedible.
Scott shared a link.
Podcasts from the Network as a Space and Medium for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Art Practice Con
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Podcasts of all the panel sessions from the Network as a Space and Medium for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Art Practice Conference. Thanks to Chris Funkhouser for making these recordings and sharing them.
Scott updated his status.
Looking forward to seeing the boy on the ultrasound this morning, then sorting out fall teaching and sending out more stickers.
DECEMBER 10
Scott updated his status.
actually felt kind of bad for Obama getting the Peace Prize. Decent speech, but not a great one — too beholden to too many interests, and really, too much about war. I think he would have rather given it ten years from now, after some things were more said and done. He even threw bones to Reagan and Nixon.
Scott shared a link.

Network as a Space and Medium for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Art Practice on Vimeo
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Videos of readings & performances from the #network2009 conference.
Scott updated his status.
Curriculum meeting, semester planning, implementation formatting, tagging, and mailing.
Scott wrote on Ghosting’s timeline.
if you do decide to start a new media concentration, do not include a summer camp.
DECEMBER 9
Scott updated his status.
Just made my annual donation to the Electronic Literature Organization.
Scott shared a link.

implementation’s photostream
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Implementation photo archive-in-progress.
DECEMBER 8
Scott shared a link.

Scott Rettberg » Implementation Photo Book Project Call for Participation
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Scott updated his status.
has just sent stickers off to implementers — damn norwegian postage is expensive — but I’m looking forward to seeing new photos, and there are still more to send out.
DECEMBER 7
Scott shared a link.

Implementation
nickm.com
Printing off Implementation stickers to send them out to get more photos for the book project of the sticker novel. Anybody want to participate by sticking up parts of a novel in public environments, and then photographing the stickers? (see http://nickm.com/implementation) Send an email with your mailing address to implementationphotos@gmail.com and I’ll send you some sticker novel.
DECEMBER 4
Scott updated his status.
Christmas shopping done.
DECEMBER 2
Scott updated his status.
curriculum development yesterday and today. Tomorrow I catch up on my writing.

Implementation Photo Book Project Call for Participation

scarNick Montfort and I are working with a designer to develop a coffee-table photo book version of Implementation, the sticker novel we published in 2004-2005. Originally, most of the photos submitted were of a resolution only suitable for the Web. We are currently looking for readers to help re-implement Implementation and to send in higher resolution photos of stickers in situ. To participate:

1) Email at implementationphotos at gmail dot com with your postal mailing address, and we will send you an installment of stickers from the novel.

2) Choose interesting places to put the stickers up in public environments and stick them there.

3) Photograph the sticker, attempting to get photos of the sticker both at a close/legible view and from some distance, showing the placement of the sticker in its environment.

3) Standard or high photo resolution on most contemporary digital cameras will work for this — we are trying to get photos that would be of suitable resolution for a book project.

4) Send the photographs to implementationphotos at gmail dot com — in the subject of the email include the location (City, State/Region, Country – you can be more specific if you like) where the photograph was taken and the installment number, which will be indicated on the back of the sticker sheets. Please also indicate if you would like the photo to be attributed to you, or if you would prefer to remain anonymous.

For the purposes of the book project, photos received over the course of the next month (returned before 15 January 2010) will be most useful. By submitting the photos, you agree to grant us the rights to use the photos for the book project and online versions of the project.

Gmail takes up to 25MB attachments per email message.

If you enjoy the experience and would like to put up more stickers, let us know and we will send you another installment.

Happy implementing! stickers

Facebook Posts: November 2009

November 2009

NOVEMBER 30
Scott updated his status.
two more gifts and I’m done.
Scott updated his status.
has purchased the annual Uncle Bob Xmas smut present.
Scott posted something via mobile.
Sitting in the police station waiting to turn in still more paperwork for my residency permit. It never ends.
Scott updated his status.
predicts that the right wing media will reverse global warming by convincing us it does not exist before tackling issues such as the liberal myth that man is related to monkeys, easily disproved simply by looking at your mother and father, and that old yarn about the “spherical” shape of our planet, the clearly two dimensional plane we walk upon every day.
NOVEMBER 29

Scott posted something via Causes.
Last year my siblings and I gave money to a charity instead of exchanging gifts and I did some research on well-managed charities that spend the majority of their donations on actually helping the people they are organized to support — this year I’m making another donation to theIRC.org, which helps refugees around the world, particularly helping kids who are left homeless by conflict in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Congo.
Scott updated his status.
two pots of turkey soup in two days — one traditional, the other a sort of italian turkey tomato. Putting the carcass to good use. I put some in the freezer to eat after the baby is born in early Febuary. Jill is about to start the nesting phase and weill want a well-stocked larder.
NOVEMBER 28
Scott updated his status.
kicking back with my baby girl, eating bananas and reading Finnish board books: yksi, kaksi, kolme.
Scott updated his status.
The turkey is a giving bird.
NOVEMBER 26
Scott updated his status.
in the comatose glow of a bird well debauched.

NOVEMBER 25
Scott updated his status.
back in Bergen, in time to cook Turkey for a Norwegian Thanksgiving.
NOVEMBER 24
Scott posted something via mobile.
Epic marathon of lectures completed. Back home tomorrow.
NOVEMBER 21
Scott updated his status.
ate some fantastic Russian food with Markku in Helsinki at a great place where KGB operatives used to gather for supper during the cold war.
NOVEMBER 20
Scott updated his status.
24 hours to appreciate torrential downpours of Bergen before I’m on the road again. Tomorrow Helsinki, then lecturing in Jyväskylä central Finland Sun-Wednesday. Less glamorous than it sounds.
NOVEMBER 19
Scott posted something via mobile.
had a good trip to Dundee — my talks went well and I enjoyed learning more about the poetry beyond text project — which will result in some interesting elit reearch in Scotland and beyond.
NOVEMBER 18
Scott updated his status.
in Scotland for two days.
NOVEMBER 16
Scott updated his status.
prepping talks for Poetry Beyond Text project at University of Dundee, Scotland, where I’ll be Wednesday and Thursday this week.
NOVEMBER 15
Scott wrote on Chuck Stoebig’s timeline.
Are you saying you want the government to pay room and board for every illegal alien you encounter, every time? If you find an illegal alien doing yard work or working at the dishwasher of your favorite restaurant, you fiscal sense tells you that the best thing to do is send them to a federal prison and pay for their lodging, food, and health care?
NOVEMBER 14
Scott updated his status.
If I were to go blind, I would not see your face, I would only read your book.
Scott updated his status.
I have no desire to get a new credit card, refinance my loan, host a singstar party, or have a date with two Swedish girls.
Scott updated his status.
I will not make facebook better for people I barely know by writing on their walls. I am not convinced my graffiti will improve their lives.
Scott updated his status.
I wish all of you a happy birthday, sometime this year.
Scott updated his status.
I am connected enough. I will friend only strangers.
Scott updated his status.
I will attend no events which are physically impossible for me to get to.
Scott updated his status.
I will not become a fan of things in which I am uninterested.
Scott updated his status.
feeling compelled to join petitions and vote on aspects of social networking software interfaces makes me feel pathetic, as if I am taking part in a puppet sham of democracy over ultimately trivial distinctions which might nonetheless change my participatory experience. I do not petition facebook. I do not vote.
Scott updated his status.
enjoyed the Nature Theatre of Oklahoma’s Romeo and Juliet last night, and the conversation afterwards with the directors and cast.
Scott updated his status.
swine flu vaccinated as of this morning — strange throbby tingling in my arm is quite likely the beginning of my body’s response to the weakened viral invaders that are at least theoretically teaching my cells to be immune, as far as I understand it. Weird to think that to prevent the disease we must share our bodies with it.
NOVEMBER 12
Scott updated his status.
had a great week — wonderful conference, great elit performances, friends old and new.
NOVEMBER 9
Scott posted something via mobile.
Misplaced several brain cells.
NOVEMBER 7
Scott posted something via mobile.
Having 1st party at our new place, for people coming on for the network art conference.
NOVEMBER 6
Scott updated his status.
when people push the “like” button on stories about mass murder, I am troubled. There is a problem of articulation. I mean, was the fact-based story of this slaughter of 12 people or this workplace murder of 6 “like”-able? Or was the reporter’s grammar correct, and you liked that? What did you like?
Scott shared a link.
elitineurope.net
elitineurope.net
Program for the Network as a Space and Medium for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Art Practice Conference, this week in Bergen at UiB and Landmark, Sunday 8th through Tuesday the 10th.
Scott shared a link.

Twapper Keeper – Archive and Organize Your Tweets
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#network09 tweets — for the past week I’ve been posting links to papers, works, courses, etc. by people presenting at the Network as a Space and Medium for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Art Practice — sort of an experiment in using twitter for a digital culture conference — here’s an archive of those links.
Scott updated his status.
Has assembled programs and folders for our conference and attended a panel on conceptual writing at Audiatur.
NOVEMBER 5
Scott updated his status.
Anytime someone opens up with a gun it is bad news — when two soldiers shoot thirty other soldiers about to be sent off to war and kill twelve of them it is a doubly tragic waste of human lives. What a sad awful mess in Texas.
Scott updated his status.
The moon is now out in Bergen 19 hours a day. Moonrise 5:08PM, Moonset 12:30PM. Pretty cool on a clear day like today, with clear blue skies and a big round moon in the sky.
Scott updated his status.
People start rolling into town for the conference today. Busy week.
NOVEMBER 4
Scott updated his status.
My condolences to New Jersey and Virginia. I hope those unemployment numbers pick up before the midterm election.
Scott updated his status.
considered “your worst nightmare” but ended up with “the greatest nightmare you’ll ever love.”
NOVEMBER 3
Scott updated his status.
After Jessica didn’t eat much dinner last night, she woke up at 6AM famished. This afternoon, I decided to take her to the shop with me and asked her what she wanted me to make for dinner. She pointed at things as we walked through the store, and picked out what had for dinner tonight: corn on the cob, salmon, brocolli (in her favorite gorgonzola sauce), and grapes. And she gobbled it up.

NOVEMBER 2
Scott updated his status.
what I love is when the price of an airline tickets goes up by $200 *while* you’re booking the flight. That just tickles me. Oh, wait, you’re actually going to buy it? Here have this price instead. Growling noises and profanity.
Scott updated his status.
If I still lived in Jersey, I’d be voting for Corzine and cheering for the Phillies.
NOVEMBER 1
Scott shared a link.
ELO_AI ai.eliterature.org June 3-6 2009 Brown University Literary Arts
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ELO_AI Conference Call — the next ELO Conference will be held June 3-6, 2010 at Brown University. Theme: Archive and Innovate. Featuring a Robert Coover festschrift.
Scott updated his status.
just got invited to write a regular column on electronic literature for the Norwegian literary magazine Vagant in 2010 — should be an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and interest in electronic literature in Norway.

Facebook Posts: October 2009

October 2009

OCTOBER 30
Scott updated his status.
I encourage facebook to radically change their interface in new and interesting ways which confuse and surprise me more each time I log in. Have they considered, for instance, a persistently variable color scheme, or assigning me new friends at random?
Scott shared a link.

The Wilco Loft – LoftLife Magazine – The Loftstyle Guide to Life in the City
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Wilco’s pad in Chicago.
Scott updated his status.
a few hours on twitter have only confirmed my creeping sense that I’m being followed
Scott shared a link.

Je Mange la Ville » The Best Sauce Ever: Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Jus
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This looks good.
Scott wrote on Elizabeth Losh’s timeline.
Gratulerer med dagen!
Scott updated his status.
Jill said I need to start twittering if I’m going to write about social media. So now I’m scottrettberg on twitter tweet tweet tweet.
OCTOBER 29
Scott updated his status.
thinks the H1N1 vaccination program is part of a secret plot to socialize medicine. The next thing you know, they’ll start putting fluoride in the water.
Scott updated his status.
is impressed that Google translate is able to make my cousins comprehensible.
Kyle Rettberg posted something via mobile.
Happy birthday, Scottie. I can’t possibly top Matt Rettberg’s message. That was cool.
OCTOBER 28
Scott shared a link.
By T.R. Reid — Five Myths About Health Care in the Rest of the World – washingtonpost.com
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This is sane.
Scott updated his status.
Thanks everyone for the bday wishes — I’m celebrating by filling out the forms and getting all the documentation together for my Norwegian residency permit. whoohoo!
Jamie Damato Migdal posted something via mobile.
Rock on Birthday Boy!

Sherri Balke posted something via Birthday Cards.
OCTOBER 27
Scott updated his status.
Coletrane would not be a bad first name for a boy of mine.
Scott wrote on Joe Futrelle’s timeline.
Eat some cake Joe, and imagine me hurling furry mascots of good cheer, yellow round creatures emblazoned with smiles, towards you.
Scott updated his status.
my wife and daughters are awesome. Jill’s trying to make a red velvet cake, because when she asked what kind of cake I wanted (I’m not really that into cake) I just wanted to give her something challenging she could work with. Jessica can say “Moonh” and “Stah” and has been giving me extra hugs all week. Aurora is working on a screenplay for her drama class.
OCTOBER 26
Scott updated his status.
the pilots are on laptops, air traffic control, updating their status somewhere over central Wisconsin.
Scott updated his status.
just saw Brief Interviews with Hideous Men at the film festival. I wasn’t sure how they could pull of a film version of that book, but I thought it turned out really well — the way the director sort of de-anonymized the voices in the book, using a lot of long close-ups and character actors, actually made for a more powerful film, and it was just as funny in the funny parts as the funny parts of the book.
OCTOBER 25
Scott updated his status.
scallion pancakes are the achievement of the day. Also, six board books before 5 PM.
OCTOBER 24
Scott shared a link.

sushiday.com
sushiday.com
Some great Maki recipes.
Scott updated his status.
tonight we made sushi at home — you can get really excellent salmon in Norway, filleted and packaged on the boat within a couple of hours of being caught, so we used that for philadelphia rolls, along with shrimp and caviar nigri, california rolls, etc. Wasn’t as hard as I thought. and it tasted great. If I could only find a good eel provider for my unagi.
Scott posted a link to Elektronisk litteratur i Norden’s timeline.

The Network as a Space and Medium for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Art Practice | Bergen, Norway:
elitineurope.net
We are hosting a conference on the Network as a Space and Medium for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Art at UiB from Nov. 8-10.
Scott updated his status.
confession: while ebr is probably my favorite online literary journal, reading it for more than a half hour gives me a headache. I want a “read PDF” button. After about 10 minutes, I loathe the pink background (or the green, or the blue). I want my hardcore lit crit in black and white.
Scott updated his status.
should really try to make at least one movie this week during the Bergen International Film Festival.
OCTOBER 23
Scott updated his status.
successfully cooked a large artichoke.
Scott shared a link.

Top FPS
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Here’s another one — Machinima taking protoganists of best-selling first-person shooters, and turning them into reality TV contestants.
Scott shared a link.

The Dumb Man (**Main Project 2008)
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This is one of the machinima I thought was most interesting of those shown by Linn Søvig last night — an adaptation of a Sherwood Anderson short story done in Second Life.
Scott updated his status.
enjoyed Machinima Night 3 in Bergen tonight.
OCTOBER 21
Scott shared a link.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing | Department of English | Virginia Tech
www.english.vt.edu
Creative writing in New Media: Kathleen Fitzpatrick recently emailed me wondering if there were any MFA programs where creative writers could do a graduate degree focused on electronic literature. I could only think of Brown off the top of my head, then it occurred to me that Ed Falco is teaching at Virginia Tech in their MFA program, where they also publish New River. But I wonder if any of my facebook friends might be aware of other MFA programs the emphasize or at least welcome creative writing in digital media? Seems like there should be more of them.
OCTOBER 19
Scott updated his status.
Had a great afternoon with Jill and with my 1 1/2 year-old baby girl, who has given me the best 18 months of my life.
Scott shared a link.
MORPHEUS 11
www.morpheus11.com
Morpheus Biblionaut — a new e-lit piece by William Gillespie, developed beautifully in Flash by Travis Alber, with audio by David Schmudde. Well worth the 20 minutes to watch/read.
OCTOBER 18
Scott updated his status.
Trusting the free market to cure the American health care system is like trusting cannibalism to cure obesity.
OCTOBER 17
Scott updated his status.
is cooking up a little reindeer in goat cheese to celebrate autumn in Norway.
OCTOBER 16
Scott updated his status.
home!
OCTOBER 12
Scott updated his status.
Chicago-Frankfurt-Bergen-Oslo
OCTOBER 11
Scott shared a link.

Rachel Maddow: The Nobel Prize & Obama Derangement Syndrome
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Great perspective.
Scott updated his status.
at breakfast at the Hilton, I listened to the conversation at the next table, where a middle-aged man calmly enlisted the participation of a couple in their fifties in his “pear tree retirement” pyramid scheme. At the end of his speil, he asked them to pick up the tab.
Scott updated his status.
is heading to the Harley Museum.
OCTOBER 10
Scott shared a link.

24 Hour Book complete! : Kate Pullinger
www.katepullinger.com
Kate
Pullinger, who will be presenting at our upcoming conference on
network-based collaborative art and writing projects, was part of this
recently-hatched project. Haven’t read the book, but I’m intrigued by
the process.
Scott updated his status.
Megan M. Boler just gave a great talk on “Truthiness and Digital Dissent” — some very smart analysis of rhetoric of web-based dissent (such as moveon.org Bush in 30 second videos, John Stewart, and Colbert). Jill you might want to look into her work for the remix course.
Scott updated his status.
So today, let’s see, we have a facebook panel, and maybe a little internet history, and I’ll be sneaking off frequently to work on the lecture I’m giving in Oslo next Wednesday at the “Narrative Strategies in Digital Arts” seminar.
Scott shared Lance Olsen’s photo.

innovative author gallery I
raymond federman courtesy of andi olsen
A note from Federman’s daughter about his passing.
Scott updated his status.
RIP Raymond Federman.
Scott updated his status.
Mr. Jagland was asked if the committee feared being labeled naïve for accepting a young politician’s promises at face value. He shrugged and said, “Well, so?” Go Norway! Eat it Cheney!
OCTOBER 10
Scott updated his status.
the second games panel was better — good paper on Facebook games and the politics of politeness.
Scott updated his status.
the panel is now wrapping up with an analysis of the straight porn site “YouPorn.” I now understand what a “cream pie” is.
Scott updated his status.
I gotta learn to read the program. I thought this was a theory panel, but it’s actually the gay porn panel.
Scott updated his status.
sushi, Wendy Chun, Embodiment (more grad student intel), maybe more games research if I can handle it.
Scott updated his status.
glad I’m not a video game researcher.
Scott updated his status.
maybe now that Barack has won the Nobel Peace Prize he can stop appeasing the Republicans.
Scott updated his status.
Over the Rhine was really great, and the Pabst Theater is a magnificant venue. What fantastic Americana. OTR is sort of weird comfy mix of jazz chanteuse, folk, vaudville, and hints of countrified rock n’ roll with a little bit of post-Amish Tom Waits in the mix.
OCTOBER 8
Scott updated his status.
Will be at AOIR gathering intellingence for my graduate students for the next several days. Today: a panel on vlogs for my itinerant M.A. thesis student, and a keynote by Siva Vaidhyanathan on the theology of Google.
OCTOBER 7
Scott shared a link.

Mind – How Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
Here’s one for EJ.
Scott updated his status.
Over the Rhine is playing Milwaukee Thursday night. Might have to take a break from internet researcher-ing to catch the show.
OCTOBER 6
Scott shared a link.

The Network as a Space and Medium for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Art Practice | Bergen, Norway:
elitineurope.net
Looking forward to the upcoming conference I’m organizing at the University of Bergen, focused on electronic literature and other forms of collaborative interdisciplinary network-based art forms. We have some great speakers coming. While there are no open submissions for the conference, anyone interested is welcome to attend.
Scott updated his status.
one more day in Chicago, then off to Milwaukee for the Association of Internet Researchers Conference. Also a few Capitol Ambers, and maybe a Cream City ale or two.
OCTOBER 5
Scott wrote on Kyle Rettberg’s timeline.
Happy birthday, Kyle. I’ve been lobbying for a family dinner at a fancy-ass restaurant. I know you’re out of town, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate without you. Have a great day.
Scott updated his status.
is taking Aurora downtown for the Pirate exhibit at the Field Museum.
Scott updated his status.
Jessica brought her legos over the the computer to play with me while we were on video chat today. Sort of strange being a telepresent parent. I miss my baby girl (and her Mom).
OCTOBER 3
Scott updated his status.
back home in Chicago.
OCTOBER 1
Scott updated his status.
headed to the USA tomorrow with Aurora. I’m excited about seeing family in Chicago, but bummed I’m not going to see Jill and Jessica for 10 days. Thinking about stashing the little one in my carry-on.
Kyle Rettberg posted something via mobile.
Did I beat you again? (Can’t tell on the Iphone). Is that 2 out of the last 3? Do I smell a trend?

My friends on Facebook:
12:35am
Most of my friends are named Bill, and they like reading (the Bible). Holy shit! and they are Cancers more than anything else. 13% of them are Republicans, and it is probably not their fault. A lot of them watched Lost when they weren’t listening to U2. About half of them are single, and they should probably you know, hook up. How can 87% of my friends be democrats, and 13% of them be republicans, and live in 11 countries? I mean that’s 100% That’s messed up. There are no republicans in Norway, or Spain. The swine flu isn’t that contagious. Blade Runner rocks.

Two interesting locative gaming experiences

I’m at a seminar in Oslo focused on mixed reality narrative. A couple of interesting projects: Julianne Pierce from the UK artist group Blast Theory presented Ulrike and Eamon Compliant, in which the interactor is put in the role of one of two IRA terrorists, about to undergo interrogration, and Rider Spoke, an interactive performance piece for cyclists. Petr Svorovsky from the Oslo National Academy of the Art also presented Flirtman, a mobile phone game in which players control a human avatar. Petr had some interesting observations about how people related to social codes differently when controlling the actions of another human being than they did when controlling a virtual avatar.

Facebook Posts: September 2009

September 2009

SEPTEMBER 28
Scott updated his status.
Noticed that we have reached the point in the year when it is dark when Jessie goes to bed at 7:30 and still dark when she gets up at 7. Here comes mørktiden.
SEPTEMBER 27
Scott shared a link.
Nordic Digital Culture Network | A Nordplus network linking leading digital culture programs with th
nordicdigitalculture.net
We’ve been working for the past year to develop the Nordic Digital Culture Network, a collaboration between Digital Culture at the University, Blekinge Technical Institute, ITU Copenhagen, and the University of Jyvaskyla. The network will support student and faculty exchanges between the institutions, joint courses, curriculum development workshops, and other activities. I should also mention that we welcome exchange students and M.A. applicants from other institutions as well.
SEPTEMBER 26
Scott updated his status.
my poor baby girl has been sick like crazy, and then today she took a tumble down the stairs. Nothing broken, but she looks sort of like the boxer in Raging Bull, and she’s teething and has a sore throat. But she loved the broccoli in the gorgonzola sauce.
SEPTEMBER 25
Scott updated his status.
Any of you parents out there got a suggestion for a lightweight double stroller?
Scott updated his status.
monsoon season in Bergen.
SEPTEMBER 24
Scott wrote on Bob Geise’s timeline.
Hey happy birthday yesterday!
Scott updated his status.
Happy birthday to my lovely wife.
Scott wrote on Larry Borkowski’s timeline.
Hey happy birthday, Uncle Larry. You’re like 12 in dog years. Enjoy the cake.
Scott updated his status.
ocalization sucks. Localization is just free market capitalism getting its hooks into your back and telling you where you live and to stay there and do as you’re told.
Scott shared a link.

Protect Insurance Companies PSA from FOD Team, Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, Thomas Lennon,
www.funnyordie.com

Scott shared Michael Zimmer’s event.

Internet Research 10.0 – Internet: Critical
October 7, 2009 at 8:00am
Hilton Milwaukee City Center

You went
Scott wrote on Localizing social software: Impacts on languages and cultures’s timeline.
I am all over this event. I will introduce the speaker and ask questions, probing questions.
Scott shared a link.
docs.google.com
docs.google.com
Here’s that program — I think I’ll hear about some things that will be useful for my students, though I’m not completely jazzed, to be honest.
SEPTEMBER 22
Scott updated his status.
will be at AOIR in Milwaukee. Any suggestions on can’t-miss sessions?
Scott updated his status.
Home again with a sick baby girl. Day care is a germ factory.
SEPTEMBER 21
Scott updated his status.
detests inexplicable database errors.
Scott wrote on Rachel Self Rettberg’s timeline.
Give Kyler Matthew a birthday hug four times for me, Jill, Aurora and Jessica. You’re a great mom.
Scott wrote on Kyle Rettberg’s timeline.
Big love to Kyler on his big day. His birthday crown is in the mail, and I’ll bring him something in person in a couple weeks.
SEPTEMBER 19
Scott updated his status.
back in Bergen with my girls.
SEPTEMBER 17
Scott updated his status.
in Copehagen until Saturday.
SEPTEMBER 16
Scott updated his status.
supports the free distribution of fresh tasty fruit and vegetables to American schoolchildren every day in the classrooms before school starts. I think that should be part of the social contract. An apple or something, maybe a carrot or some seedless grapes. Perhaps a seasonal squash such as a zucchini lightly sauteed in garlic or pumpkin with a bit of butter and cinnamon. For every kid. Every day
SEPTEMBER 15
Scott updated his status.
a decade ago I was probably at Jean’s, thinking about the 20th Century.
Scott updated his status.
thinks Norway be safe for least 4 more years.
SEPTEMBER 14
Scott updated his status.
wishes Norway good luck with the election.
SEPTEMBER 12
Scott updated his status.
Thousands of angry white idiots descended on Washington today to protest big government’s ignorance of angry white idiot issues.
Scott wrote on John Cayley’s timeline.
John, I’ve been meaning to ask you. Have you ever thought about you know, sort of speeding up your poems? I appreciate them, but I haven’t got all day. I’ve tried to read them in the hot tub, but I haven’t got a hot tub.

SEPTEMBER 11
Scott updated his status.
please don’t be offended if I don’t accept the smile or heart you have sent me with a facebook application. I smile back at you and you are in my heart, I assure you. I also accept the drink and the song, and sing and drink with you, and welcome your animals onto my farm, and help you to whack whomever needs to be put down, quietly, in my own way. I’m just always reluctant to welcome a new application into my life.
Scott updated his status.
it occurred to me today that this is the first September 11th since 2001 that I didn’t feel like America was headed toward a darker place than the one it left the year before.
SEPTEMBER 10
Scott updated his status.
thought Joe Wilson was way out of line, but did you get a look at John Boehner of Ohio? You can smell the evil fumes coming off that guy from a thousand miles away. Who’s his next opponent? I’d send her twenty bucks in a heartbeat.
Scott updated his status.
loves the way that food can calm a raging sea of pregnant woman.
SEPTEMBER 9
Scott updated his status.
hopes all my right-wing facebook friends are going to watch the President’s speech tonight. I think that commie is going to suggest that poor people get health care without becoming indebted for the rest of their lives. Why I never. He’ll change America forever, the American way gone completely curve. What’s next? Rich people driving their own BMWs to work while their chauffeurs golf?
Scott updated his status.
looks like the next one is going to be a boy!
SEPTEMBER 8
Scott wrote on Barbara Rettberg’s timeline.
Happy Birthday, Mom! Love from Norway. We’ll call you later today.
Scott updated his status.
Jessie’s cold is going on a week now. She’ll have forgotten barnehage by the time we send her back (hopefully tomorrow).
Scott updated his status.
once more into the deluge.
Scott updated his status.
has officially completed all of the IKEA assembly missions involved in putting together our new home.
SEPTEMBER 5
Scott updated his status.
the chook swims with the fishes.
SEPTEMBER 4
Scott updated his status.
arranging fall travel — turns out I’m going to be on the road quite a bit for a lot of short trips for work: Copenhagen, Chicago, Milwaukee, Oslo, Dundee, Jyvaskyla, Boulder.
Scott updated his status.
deeply troubled by the disappearance of the soup ladle.
Scott updated his status.
will make restorative soup for the afflicted children, one of whom is watching Lord of the Rings on her laptop.
Scott updated his status.
guess I’m staying home with the sick girls so Jill can go talk about social networks at some seminar for accountants.
SEPTEMBER 3
Scott shared a link.

George Bush on September 11th
www.youtube.com
I was thinking that Obama addressing the schoolchildren might be a good thing but then I remembered what happened when Bush tried . . .
Scott updated his status.
No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick. Obviously.
Scott updated his status.
home with my favorite little snot fountain who, though clearly afflicted some relatively mild version of the common cold, is indicating that an expedition is in order, by bringing me her shoes.
SEPTEMBER 2
Scott wrote on Adam Rettberg’s timeline.
Congrats, Adam. I assume everyone is talking about the birth of your daughter and not the new TV. You wouldn’t name a TV Evelyn. Get some pictures up, fast. Enjoy fatherhood, the best thing that could ever happen to you.
SEPTEMBER 1
Scott wrote on Julie Rettberg’s timeline.
Happy Anniversary to you and Uncle Bill!
Scott updated his status.
Aurora is wearing legwarmers and a skinny tie to junior high today. The 80s must be back. I’m trying to decide whether today is good one to try out my rain-proof trousers.
Scott wrote on William Gillespie’s timeline.
Have a happy birthday, man.
Scott updated his status.
the setup with the wireless keyboard and the computer on the TV screen works great, but in our new place I am far away enough from the screen that the frequency of typo has increased considerably to embarrassing effects.

Nordic Digital Culture Network Launched

Nordic Digital Culture Netwrok I’m pleased to announce the launch of the Nordic Digital Culture Network, a Nordplus Higher Education network which we have been working to develop for the past year. Linking together digital culture programs from the Nordic and Baltic region, the Digital Culture Network facilitates curriculum development, student and faculty exchanges, and innovative teaching ideas and best practices. Students studying in the programs in the network will benefit from increased student and teacher mobility and enhanced opportunities for study. All the programs in the network — the University of Bergen in Norway, Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden, IT University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and the University of Jyväskylä in Finland — are leaders in the field of digital culture in their respective countries. Network participants will facilitate student and faculty exchange ranging from express visits to semester or yearlong exchanges, joint programs and master’s degrees. We are launching network activities this activities this fall and spring with faculty exchanges between the institutions, and will add programs, such as student exchanges and a summer school for digital culture, in coming years. I also encourage students from other countries in Europe, North America, and elsewhere to explore the exchange and M.A. program opportunities detailed on the site. For instance, both Bergen and Jyväskylä welcome applications to our M.A. programs in digital culture from well qualified international students. While international students are responsible for their own living expenses, they are not required to pay tuition.

Facebook Posts: August 2009

August 2009

AUGUST 31
Scott updated his status.
the full 7 partner, 6 country, 95-page HERA grant proposal goes in today, as soon as I make a few tweaks to satisfy the Dutch research council. End of a bureaucratic marathon.
AUGUST 30
Scott updated his status.
Ted Kennedy is dead and Dick Cheney it’s alive. Proof of the lack of ethical arbitration in mortality.
Scott updated his status.
needs a couple of thugs to turn a heifer into flank steaks.
Scott updated his status.
needs a sharpshooter to whack a quacker and silence the pond.
Scott updated his status.
needs to garrote a goat to advance to the next level in my mafia war and clean up my virtual farm.
AUGUST 29
Scott updated his status.
if I had realized how much of my life as a humanities professor would be spent poring over spreadsheets, I would have taken a class in accounting.
Scott updated his status.
up early with my baby so the pregnant mother can sleep in, then straight the office to finish a grant proposal. Weekend?
AUGUST 28
Scott updated his status.
remembers before the internets.
Scott updated his status.
gets a little freaked out when I go to the Chicago Tribune website and find ads in Norwegian. I’m not going to the Trib to be reminded that I live in Norway. I’m going to the Trib to imagine I’m still in Chicago, where journalism, by the way, has completely fallen apart.

AUGUST 27
Scott updated his status.
has started a virtual farm and a mafia war. Does anybody got a duck and a machine gun?

Scott wrote on Martin Arvebro’s timeline.
Martin, drop me a line when you’re back from your travels. Want to reconnect on Nordplus and your thesis plans for the year.
AUGUST 26
Scott updated his status.
can’t wait to be done with the big European project proposal. It’s looking good, but I think I’m having dreams about excel spreadsheets and obscure funding guidelines of 7 different research funding bodies. And I miss playing with my baby girl. It’ll be done Monday, finally.
Scott updated his status.
the most embarrassing thing about being an American is that we somehow can’t afford to pay for the health care of our poorest citizens. All of the other countries with America’s wherewithal managed this decades ago. I will always be an American, but as proud as I am of my country, I consider this a greater shame than even Guantanamo. Fix it, once and for all. Have the courage to care for all your people.
AUGUST 25
Scott shared a link.

Dollar by Dollar, Patrons Find Artists on the Web – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
Scott shared a video: Jessica’s Balancing Beam Act (IKEA Hack).

Jessica’s Balancing Beam Act (IKEA Hack)
AUGUST 24
Scott shared a link.

Wikipedia Will Limit Changes on Articles About Living People – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
Scott updated his status.
wonders why my money takes a week to get from Norway to the US via modern bank transfer. When I hit the button on my computer, does it set off a chain reaction that results in my money swimming across the Atlantic using a leisurely devil-may-care backstroke?
Scott shared an album: Jessie August 2009.

Jessie August 2009
AUGUST 23
Scott wrote on Amy Bettinardi Axtell’s timeline.
Be happy.
Scott updated his status.
the doors are now hinged upon the wardrobe, and they are shiny. Tomorrow, drawers, shelves, cylindrical thing upon which you put hangers and hang clothes!
Scott updated his status.
staying up late to watch the Cubs extend a miserable losing streak topped off a day of minor injuries, IKEA hassles, puking baby, rain, and general growl-inducing outcomes.
AUGUST 22
Scott updated his status.
finally wrestled that wardrobe into Aurora’s room. Don’t want to mention how much of the day that took. Tomorrow we do the doors.
AUGUST 21
Scott updated his status.
has unpacked almost all of the books, and can count the remaining items of furniture left to assemble on one hand.
AUGUST 20
Scott updated his status.
putting in a couple hours of IKEA assembly before heading into the office to finish a grant proposal.
Scott updated his status.
totally wondering if UBS is going to hand over my name to the American authorities, thus revealing my offshore tax havens and extravagant lifestyle. There goes the pool party! Jerks.
AUGUST 19
Scott wrote on Matthew Kirschenbaum’s timeline.
Happy birthday, you nonhabituallywellwishing over-self-reflexive-academic-on-facebook, you. Hope you eat some BBQ ribs or dine beyond your means or perform some kind of unusual ritual or something this evening.
AUGUST 18
Scott updated his status.
has started taking fish cartilage pills to support knees subject to many many many stairs and hills. I think the idea is that the cartilage from the fish somehow makes it way to the cartilage in my joints. We’ll see how it goes.
Scott updated his status.
excited about our new Master’s students. Energetic new group coming in.
Scott updated his status.
blinked. Was that summer?
AUGUST 16
Scott updated his status.
IKEA delivered four wardrobe doors and no wardrobe.
AUGUST 15
Scott updated his status.
unpacking books, remembering reading them, taking pleasure in the memories of them and who I was reading them. I love tall bookshelves that run from over my head to the floor. Now I remember why I cart these things around with me.
Scott updated his status.
just might rock the Aquarium tomorrow morning with Jessica.
Scott updated his status.
read Andrei Codrescu’s “The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess” in two buses, two trains, two airports, and two planes, and enjoyed it. Good meditation on the dialectic between art and totalitarianism in the 20th century, with peculiarly Romanian emphases and Codrescuian interjections thrown in. Lovely book for your dada pocket.
AUGUST 13
Scott updated his status.
is worried that all of the IKEA assembly may leave him with no sense of accomplishment at the end of the day on the day when he finally has furniture items left to assemble. Writing, you can’t sit in, or store items in, or admire from across the room in the same way. Pffff. Luckily, a large stack of flat boxes yet awaits the undertaking.
AUGUST 10
Scott updated his status.
can’t believe we’re sending Jessica off for her first day of day care (barnehage) tomorrow morning. She’s probably ready, but I’m not sure we are.
AUGUST 7
Scott updated his status.
wonders if Jesus would have been a carpenter if he were alive today, or if he would have just spent his days assembling IKEA flatpack furniture.
Scott updated his status.
wonders if Jesus would have been a carpenter if her were alive today, or if he would have just spent his days assembling IKEA flatpack furniture.
AUGUST 6
Scott updated his status.
is moved but without phone, internet, television, or sleep.
AUGUST 2
Scott shared a link.

Elephant Jumping On Trampoline
www.youtube.com
Scott updated his status.
new home coordinates from tomorrow morning: Svaneviksveien 80A, 5063 Bergen, Norway.
Scott updated his status.
endless packing.
Scott updated his status.
Jetlag + neighbor having a nattspeil still going strong at 4am = no sleep
AUGUST 1
Scott updated his status.
moving related exhaustion sets in.
Scott updated his status.
packing, moving Monday.
Scott wrote on Dene Grigar’s timeline.
Happy Birthday, Dene. Gratulerer med dagen!

Facebook Posts: July 2009

July 2009

JULY 31
Scott updated his status.
is back in Bergen.
JULY 30
Scott updated his status.
train to Milwaukee, plane to Boston, plane to Amsterdam, plane to Bergen, taxi home.
JULY 29
Scott updated his status.
one more day in the USA, then back to Bergen for the big move.
JULY 28
Scott updated his status.
is going to the Cubs’ game tonight. The first-place Cubs’ game.
Scott shared a link.

JP Doing the Electric Slide
vimeo.com
On a lighter note . . .
JULY 27
Scott updated his status.
Maestro back home in Norway and the family dog here, Kennedy, both had to be put down on the same day — a sad one for Rettberg pets.
Scott shared a link.

Maestro
www.flickr.com
Maestro 1996-2009. From Cincinnati to Chicago to New Jersey to Norway, my best buddy. We will miss him.
JULY 25
Scott updated his status.
back in the burbs.
JULY 24
Scott updated his status.
going to the Lincoln Park zoo with my baby girl.
Scott wrote on Jessica Pressman’s timeline.
Well done. Congrats.
Scott updated his status.
Barack Obama’s motorcade drove past us on the way home from the Billy Goat tavern.
JULY 23
Scott updated his status.
ensconced at the Drake downtown. Looking forward to family fun time with Jess and baby friends while Jill goes to her sheblog conference.
JULY 22
Scott updated his status.
headed to Chicago via flight to Milwaukee.

JULY 21
Scott updated his status.
lobster in Boston tonight. Pouring cats and dogs, but the Shepard Fairey exhibit at the ICA was cool.
Scott updated his status.
in Boston visiting Nick and Hanna.
JULY 19
Scott updated his status.
a baby trying to help pack makes it difficult to pack.
JULY 18
Scott updated his status.
contemplating packing.
Scott wrote on Rick Rettberg’s timeline.
Have a great birthday, Uncle Rick.
Scott wrote on Elsa Gould’s timeline.
Happy B-Day, Elsa!
Scott updated his status.
finally finished Roberto Bolano’s 2666.
Scott updated his status.
ate Haggis for breakfast. Back in Bergen now.
JULY 14
Scott updated his status.
in Edinburgh tomorrow through Friday.
Scott updated his status.
finally finished the SPIEL article. Only two more essays left to revise before the end of the summer.
Scott wrote on Aurora Goga’s timeline.
Gratulerer med dagen, sweetheart!
Scott updated his status.
Happy Birthday Aurora! I’ve got a teenage stepdaughter. Yikes!
JULY 13
Scott updated his status.
The cat slid by, ignoring me completely. (The always fun page 56, report the fifth sentence facebook game).
Scott updated his status.
revision can be such a pain in the ass.

Scott updated his status.
is making salmon hash.
Scott shared a link.

Watching Whales Watching Us – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com
Fascinating articles about “Friendlies” — grey whales who actively seek out human interaction.
JULY 12
Scott wrote on Paul Rettberg’s timeline.
Have a good vacation. Quick question — did you get the Flip Ultra or the Flip mino HD? Any opinion as to which is better?
Scott updated his status.
Essay, grantwriting, Edinburgh, Boston, Chicago, moving to our new place (the next three weeks in summary).
Scott shared a link.

Bookcases | dornob
dornob.com
I want the fifty states bookcase for the wall of our flat in Norway.
Scott shared a link.
U B U W E B :: Anthology of Conceptual Writing
ubu.clc.wvu.edu
Every time I wander into Ubuweb, I get delightfully lost. While working on an essay following a tangent I stumbled into the anthology of conceptual writing.
Scott updated his status.
going to Landmark to write.
JULY 11
Scott updated his status.
had a vivid dream about wasps and bees before waking to a screaming child.
JULY 10

Scott updated his status.
shocked at reports of a frenzy of bull eating activity in Pamplona in revenge.
Scott updated his status.
deadlines trail behind me like the limp tentacles of a dead squid.
JULY 9
Scott updated his status.
admiring the new Ninky Nonk train while eating whiskey-flavored blue cheese from a tube purchased in Sweden sometime earlier this year, on potato chips. The Swedes have remarkably durable and diverse spreadable tubed cheese products, is what I am thinking

Scott updated his status.
successfully facebook-guilted my wife into sorting junk from items we must move.
Scott updated his status.
Jill is blogging about the packing she might soon do.

JULY 8
Scott shared a link.

netpoetic.com
www.netpoetic.com
New group blog on electronic literature and digital poetics. I’ll be occasionally contributing to the discussions here. Ringmaster Jason Nelson has assembled a large and diverse group of contributors.
Scott updated his status.
will finish the SPEIL essay today, he promises himself. And get some fiction writing done afterward.
Scott shared a link.

Beck / Irrelevant Topics
beck.com
Beck interviews Tom Waits about all sorts of stuff: California, playing outdoors, Van Gogh lampshades, American obsessions, Alfred Hitchcock’s reaction to seeing Ginger Rogers in a gold lamé dress.

Scott updated his status.
taking Jessie to the Aquarium to count some fish.

Scott updated his status.
up late reading Drunken Boat.
Scott shared a link.

Drunken Boat | 10 | Spring 2009
www.drunkenboat.com
The mammoth 10th anniversary issue of the online journal Drunken Boat is now out. I have a piece “Electronic Literature (in Performance)” in the DB Electronic Arts and Literature folio about the work presented at last year’s Electronic Literature in Europe conference, describing many of the works and including video documentation. Jessica Pressman also has an excellent essay close reading e-lit, among other delights.
JULY 6
Scott updated his status.
is amazed that the auction for tickets to Michael Jackson’s funeral is front page news on the New York Times website. I mean, I will, right now, promise you tickets to my funeral for a hundred dollars in cash. You will need to agree to certain standards o
JULY 5
Scott updated his status.
booked travel home to US in Oct. The girls’ trip is Oct 2-13. I’ll be there Oct 2-19, on the east coast the last week of that. Great sale on at KLM. Return ticks from Norway to Chicago were under $600.
Scott shared a link.

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco – Now a Not-So-Tortured Star – NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com

Scott updated his status.
let me go back, quickly, to what for me, is a comfortable analogy — sports, basketball, ya know, a good point guard doesn’t dribble when the chips are down. She has that kind of ya know candoitiveness of a salmon swimming upstream in a rocky stream when
JULY 4
Scott updated his status.
10:19am
holds these truths to be self-evident.

Cybraphon

Cybraphon is a project from Edinburgh-based artist collective FOUND (Ziggy Campbell, Simon Kirby and Tommy Perman). Inspired by early 19th century mechanical bands such as the nickelodeon, Cybraphon is an interactive version of a mechanical band in a box. Consisting of a series of robotic instruments housed in a large display case, Cybraphon behaves like a real band. Image conscious and emotional, the band’s performance is affected by online community opinion as it searches the web for reviews and comments about itself 24 hours a day.

Cybraphon Demo Song from Cybraphon on Vimeo.

Binary Katwalk’s “Line of Influence” with Kate Pullinger

The new edition of Binary Katwalk features the interactive narrative work of Kate Pullinger and works by Caitlin Fisher, Reneé Turner and Christine Wilks.

Binary Katwalk is an online exhibition space for experimental digital work, edited by Jeremy Hight. Each edition will feature artists from around the world and from different points in the spectrum of new media. This edition features five new mini-stories created for Pullinger’s Flight Paths project which is a mixed media communal net based narrative on a large scale, along with three artists she has selected. The next edition of BK will feature codework auteur Mez.

Two turntables and a microphone and a mac and a website

Just a quick post here to say I think Beck gets the Web in ways that a lot of contemporary recording artists don’t. While a lot of bands give you discographies and tour dates and bios and the like, maybe a few sample tracks, I’m impressed with the Web strategy Beck is embracing on his site. As far as I can tell, he is not directly promoting his albums, his tour dates, or his merchandising on is site at all. Instead, he is using the Web site as an occasion to make and distribute cool stuff with his friends. His new site has features including Record Club, a project to informally re-record a classic album in a day with other musicians, and release a new track on the site every week. Irrelevant Topics will feature Beck informally interviewing other musicians at length about whatever comes to mind, released in serial installments. The first part of the first interview, with Tom Waits, is a fantastic discussion with one of America’s best songwriters. Planned Obsolescence is a weekly DJ set mixed by Beck’s crew. In an age when anybody can put on a pirate hat and download any album without paying a dime, this type of creative approach to using the web as a experimental platform for music and its environments is exactly the type of thing that might make me want to support an artist by buying his CD or MP3 or concert ticket or T-shirt. Beck’s crew is using Web 2.0ish tools and social media like facebook and vimeo to reach their fan base and share their funky new readymades.

Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico “Venus In Furs” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Drunken Boat #10 and “Electronic Literature in Performance”

The mammoth 10th anniversary issue of the online journal Drunken Boat is now out. I have a piece “Electronic Literature (in Performance)” in the DB Electronic Arts and Literature folio about the work presented at last year’s Electronic Literature in Europe conference, describing many of the works and including video documentation of many of the performances. Jessica Pressman also has an excellent essay, “Charting the Shifting Seas of Electronic Literature’s Past and Present” close reading e-lit from the Drunken Boat archives and discerning emerging genres, and there is a new hypertext poem, “That Night” by Steve Ersinghaus and James Revillini, among other delights. The other folios in the 10th anniversary issue of Drunken Boat include the Mistranslation project, with contributions from a number of digital poets, a huge collection of materials from Black Mountain College, 100 new poems, conceptual fiction, visual poetics, nonfiction, and a folio on arts in Asia. It is less a journal issue than an entire library of interesting literary production. I look forward to exploring it in more depth.

GTA redux and Netpoetic.com

After some discussion this spring, the contributors to Grand Text Auto (including me) decided to make a change. We noticed that while Nick Montfort had kept up a steady pace of interesting contributions to the blog, the rest of us (four of whom have become parents in the last two years) have been blogging at a much more occasional pace, to the extent that it was no longer really fair to call it a group blog, since Montfort was pulling most of the weight. Nick started his own blog, Post Position, a couple of months back. This does not however mean the end of GTxA altogether. The format of the group blog has changed, and now has begun life as an aggregator of our individual blogs, including this one. Many thanks to Josh McCoy for doing a lot of work under the hood to make this possible. We’re also keeping open the possibilities of doing other things as a group, such as the exhibition that was recently at the U of I and previously at the Beall, creative projects or distribution of creative projects, symposia and such. And I think the change from a group blog to an aggregator will be interesting. In the past I’ve used this space in a different way from my posts to GTxA. Maybe more idiosyncratically, or personally. The new GTxA will likely be a mash-up of individual blogging styles. I hope that, if nothing else, the new arrangement will inspire me to blog here more than once or twice a year. I should at least be sharing some of the awesome links I share with my friends at facebook.

I’m also going to contribute, occasionally, to a brand spanking new group blog at Netpoetic.com. The new blog is focused specifically on electronic literature and digital poetics. The ringleader of the effort is digital poet Jason Nelson, who has pulled together a diverse group of poets, writers, and scholars, including Alan Bigelow, Brian Stefans, Chris Funkhouser, Davin Heckman, Hazel Smith, Jaka Železnikar, Jason Nelson, John Cayley, Juan Gutierrez, Kenneth Sherwood, Laura Borras, Lori Emerson, Mark Amerika, Mez Breeze, Michael J Maguire, Rui Torres, Sandy Baldwin, Scott Rettberg, Stephanie Strickland, and Talan Memmott, to start with. Each contributor agrees to post at least five times a year, which seems like a manageable commitment. I think it will be a great way to stay in touch with the many ongoing activities of the international electronic literature community.

Facebook Posts: June 2009

June 2009

JUNE 30
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in Kristiansand until the 4th.
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hooray for Al Franken, an appropriate nail in the GOP coffin.
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working on a grant and planning a symposium on collaboration, remix, and database-driven art forms.
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A friend of mine has two tickets for the U2 show September 12th at Soldier Field in Chicago — Section 235, row 7, 2 seats together, mid row. She can’t use them and is selling them for face value. Drop me a line if you want to get in touch with her.
JUNE 29
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went on a spending spree and purchased two Wilco tickets, a Ninky Nonk Train, and Chuck Ryback’s chapbook Tongue and Groove.
JUNE 28
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spent more than two hours watching the Cubs fall over their own shoelaces while the blackshirts gloated. Should have rented a movie instead.
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poesiefestival berlin 2009: POESIS: Sprachspiele
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Digital poetry exhibition in Berlin this summer.
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working on an article about editing the Electronic Literature Collection for the German journal SPIEL: Siegener periodical for International Empirical Literature Study.
JUNE 27
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contemplating a trip to Oslo for the Wilco show, August 13th.
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First Listen: ‘Wilco (The Album)’ : NPR Music
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loves the fact that Schoolhouse Rock is on YouTube. Jessica loved conjunction junction and lolly lolly lolly get your adverbs here, though she thought nouns and verbs were kind of boring on their own.
JUNE 26

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revised my 2008 MLA essay for submission to ebr.
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saw jellyfish in the fjord this morning.
JUNE 25

Scott wrote on Barbara Rettberg’s timeline.
Thanks for the father’s day gift, Mom. It arrived today. I like the shirt — looks great, and no sequins, so I’ll actually wear it. Just tried to call but got a busy signal. Had a great day with the kids — took them up Ulriken and to the water park, and the weather is phenomenal. If Bergen were like this year-round, I’d move here in heartbeat — of course, I already live here, so that’s sort of beside the point. Hope all is well back home.
Scott wrote on Matthew Self’s timeline.
Hey Matthew, good to see you here. Looks like the triplets are thriving. All is well here in Norway. Today we have weather than almost makes up for the 290 days a year it rains. Hope to see you and meet the clan sometime stateside.
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is taking the girls to the water park for some waterslide action.
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is taking the cable car up Ulriken with Aurora and Jessica.
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feels a little bad for the KFC guy for getting into all this trouble. First he turns down a huge pile of federal money even though his people want stimulation, then he has to go all the way to Argentina to pitch his special recipe after all the health nut
JUNE 24
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spent most of the day doing accounting.
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it’s 12:30 and it’s still not dark out. Every once in a while this time of year, the long days of the northern summer still sort of freak me out.
JUNE 23
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beautiful baby / in a rainbow striped blouse / stained with blueberry yogurt / bottle in the crook of her arm / sated and content / ear to my heart / in the crook of my arm / all is well
JUNE 22
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actually had no idea that there were candy-flavored cigarettes. While I agree that it is a wholly bad idea that should be banned, I’m amazed I never smoked one in the whole of my riotous youth, I’m kind of curious about what flavors they come in. Do they
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looking forward to bringing Maestro home today.

JUNE 21

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going to a farm with Jill and Jessica.
JUNE 20
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Cubs, go.
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thinking about Maestro, who has been at the vet all week getting fluids. Hopefully we’re buying him a little more good time afterwards.
JUNE 19
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Unknown Krannert 20090609
Unknown Artist – Unknown Album
Unknown Krannert 20090609
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The Unknown live at the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, on June 9, 2009.
Scott wrote on Jeff Lemberger’s timeline.
Hey have a great bday.
Scott wrote on Scott Hermanson’s timeline.
Happy birthday man. You look like a bottle of Evian.
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DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: Communitizing Electronic Literature
www.digitalhumanities.org
DHQ 3.2, including “Communitizing Electronic Literature” is now published. “Communitizing Electronic Literature” is a revised and expanded version of the talk I gave at the ELO’s 2008 Visionary Landscapes Conference. In it, I try to lay out what I think are the principle issues confronting the field of electronic literature today, and to establish what I think is at stake within it.

Scott updated his status.
is planning the 2009 Unknown Ivy League Tour with Talan Memmott. The elit performance event of October 2009, coming to an elite east coast institution of higher learning near you, if you live in the area.
JUNE 18
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notes that he has never been invited to serve on the “Assembly of Experts” in Iran, in spite of his numerous qualifications.
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actually being back in the office during normal work hours after my parental leave, getting stuff done.
JUNE 17
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could use a nap.
Scott posted a link to Jeff Lemberger’s timeline.

Gourmet dinner with Chef Jeff
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Thanks for the great meal last week, Jeff. I’m impressed. Keep at it. It’s great that you’ve found a profession you can be passionate about. I sent you a few prints in the mail. Look forward to catching up again soon.

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Don’t get in the way of his TV interview: Obama kills annoying fly, then keeps going — chicagotribu
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Add this to the list of Republican complaints. Obama *would* hurt a fly.
JUNE 17
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up way early with jetlag baby,
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Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.
Scott wrote on Lois Borkowski’s timeline.
Happy birthday, Aunt Lois.
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is back in Bergen, two flights and a nine hour layover in Frankfurt later. Jessica is a trooper.
JUNE 14
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had a fun evening with all the Rettberg kids. Kind of bummed we’re headed back to Bergen tomorrow night (with a nine hour stopover in Frankfurt).
JUNE 13
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“LIVEABLE” for 184 points on two triple word scores. woot.
JUNE 12
Scott wrote on Stacey Platko Tatem’s timeline.
Congrats, Dave and Stacey. I can’t believe you’ve already been married for a decade.
JUNE 11
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just had Indian food with Rob Wittig.
Scott wrote on Eric Rettberg’s timeline.
When are you kids rolling into town?
JUNE 10
Scott shared Paul Rettberg’s photo.

Some shots I took of Jessie yesterday- more on Flickr
Beautiful shot Paul took of Jessie.
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loves a decent Unknown reading.
JUNE 9
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Reading with William Gillespie from the Unknown tonight at the U of Illinois at art+design building (attached to the Krannert Art Museum) in room 229. Recession-proof free entertainment.
JUNE 8
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&Now Conference: October 14-17 2009, Buffalo NY
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&Now is a great festival of experimental writing. This year it will be held at Buffalo, and Robert Coover will the featured speaker. Steve Tomasula, one of organizers and a creator of wonderful strange fiction, emailed me asking to specifically encourage electronic writers to submit. The deadline for submissions is next week, June 15th. I’m going to look into my schedule — hoping I can be there.
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looking for suggestions — what are the most interesting network-based database art, poetry, or narrative projects you’ve run across (or participated in)?
JUNE 5
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happy about news on two grant applications — a small grant funded and a European grant past the first review round.

JUNE 4
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headed to the Morton Arboretum with Aunt Deb, Jessie, and Mason.
JUNE 3
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will attempt to disc golf with baby bjorn.
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feeling an anniversary well-celebrated.
Scott wrote on Eric Rettberg’s timeline.
Eric, when are you back home? We want to do the Kampai birthday lunch with you and Meg. Are you back Friday the 12th? If so, let’s pencil it in.
JUNE 2
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Thanks to my wife Jill for two of the best years of my life, and many more to come.
JUNE 1
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is proud of Jessica for going from her first few steps to walking across the room in a matter of days. It’s a whole new kind of mobility.

Communitizing Electronic Literature

Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.2 (Spring 2009) has been published. The issue includes a cluster of articles on finishing digital humanities projects, edited by Matt Kirschenbaum, a cluster of articles on data mining, edited by Mark Olsen, three articles including my piece “Communitizing Electronic Literature“, and a review by Johanna Drucker of Kirschenbaum’s Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination.

“Communitizing Electronic Literature” is a revised and expanded version of the talk I gave at the ELO’s 2008 Visionary Landscapes Conference. In it, I try to lay out what I think are the principle issues confronting the field of electronic literature today, and to establish what I think is at stake within it. In placing the article with Digital Humanities Quarterly I am implicitly arguing that the creative and critical practices of electronic literature are a vital part of the field of digital humanities. A version of the digital humanities focused exclusively on applying digital technologies to the literary and historical archives of the past, at the expense of any sustained attention to the digital cultural production of the present is a version of the digital humanities with no future and in effect no imagination.

Abstract

Electronic literature is an important evolving field of artistic practice and literary study. It is a sector of digital humanities focused specifically on born-digital literary artifacts, rather than on using the computer and the network to redistribute, analyze, or recontextualize artifacts of print culture. Works of electronic literature appeal to configurative reading practices. The field of electronic literature is based on a gift economy and developing a network-based literary culture built on the collaborative practices of a globally distributed community of artists, writers, and scholars. This article situates the development of the field of electronic literature within academe, some of the institutional challenges currently confronting the field, and its potential for further development.