Electronic Literature Research Group Events in March

Tuesday, March 15th 12:15-14:00
HF Building, Room 301
“Reading Chatbots”
Visiting Fulbright lecturer Mark Marino, Asst. Professor of Writing at the University of Southern California, will discuss his current book project: Reading Chatbots: Conversational Actor Networks: an interdisciplinary investigation into autonomous conversational agents drawing upon theories from Communication, the Humanities, and Social Sciences. The book demonstrates a methodology of software studies, reading chatbots with attention to their performance of race, gender, sexuality, and class. http://markcmarino.com

Monday, March 21st 14:15-16:00
Sydneshaugen Skole, Room 304B
Media artist Brendan Howell is in from Berlin as a visiting lecturer at KHiB. Howell will present the “Exquisite_Code” project, and other electronic literature related projects. Exquisite_Code is an algorithmic performance system for heterogeneous groups of writers. http://www.wintermute.org/brendan/

Tuesday, March 22nd 17:00-19:00
Note: Date changed
HF Building, Room 400
“A Show of Hands — Networked Fictions”
Visiting Fulbright lecturer and e-lit author Mark Marino, along with e-lit author Rob Wittig, will present an evening of readings from network-based fiction, locative narrative, and ludic works of computer-based fiction. http://markcmarino.com

Electronic Literature Research Group and Talan Memmott Talks This Week

This semester we have initiated a new research group at UiB — the Electronic Literature Research Group. With so much research activity now happening in our group in this area, and after consulting with our colleagues in Digital Culture, we decided that it would be good to have a separate research group focused specifically on e-lit, digital art, and other digital media aesthetic-related research in addition to our existing research group in Digital Culture. We are hoping that the group will extend beyond our colleagues in the program at UiB and include researchers and writers interested in these topics from elsewhere, in other UiB departments, in Bergen (and the world).

Our first events will take place this week at UiB. We are welcoming e-lit author, researcher, and new media artist Talan Memmott to campus. We invite you to join us for two events.

On Tuesday Feb 15th, in HF 371 from 12:15-2PM, Talan will present his dissertation-in-progress “Mythologies of Electronic Textuality.”

On Thursday evening Feb 17th, in HF 301 from 5-6:30PM, Talan will show and discuss some of his creative work including electronic literature and video work.

Some of Talan’s e-lit, video, critical writing and other curiosities can be found at: talanmemmott.com

Talan is also to be congratulated for the release this week of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2 — which includes 63 works of electronic literature. Talan was one of four editors of the anthology. Also note that UiB was a sponsor of the collection along with MIT, Duke, Brown University, and other peer institutions.

I hope that you will be able to join us for one or both events. Later this term, we will welcome two Fulbright lecturers with us for three week stays: Mark Marino from the University of Southern California, and Rtia Raley from The University of California at Santa Barbara. We are planning several different events, including a release party for the ELC2, later in the term.

Guest Lecture Monday: Samuel Weber on Walter Benjamin

Below is a flier (PDF) for Samuel Weber’s upcoming guest lecture on Monday, October 22nd from 14:15-16:00. The LLE Digital Culture Research group is cosponsoring Weber’s lecture along with the Institutt for Informasjons og Vittenskap.

Mandag 22. October. 1415-17
Seminarrom 548, plan 5.
Lauritz Meltzers hus, Fosswinkelgate 6

Samuel Weber: “Origins and relevance of Walter Benjamin’s Media Theory: From Reflexivity to ‘Sobriety’.”

Samuel Weber is professor at Northwestern University. He is a leading authority on the writings of Walter Benjamin. In his book “Mass Mediauras: Form,Technics, Media” (1996) Weber showed the continued importance of aura to the aesthetics of the media age. He has translated Benjamin, as well as Theodor Adorno and Jacques Derrida into English. In Bergen Weber will give a broad historical presentation and assessment of Benjamin’s media theory.

New Aesthetic Technologies Conference at UiB, October 17th

Below is a flier (PDF) for the New Aesthetic Technologies Conference, which will be held at the University of Bergen all day on Wednesday, October 17th, featuring guest speakers Bernard Stiegler and N. Katherine Hayles. The LLE Digital Culture Research group is cosponsoring N. Katherine Hayle’s visit along with the Institutt for Informasjons og Vittenskap. I’d particularly encourage anyone interested in Digital Culture to attend Hayle’s lecture “Electronic Literature and Distributed Cognition: What Happens to Literary Art When the Environment Starts to Think” in Lille auditorium, plan 2, Lauritz Meltzers hus, Fosswinkelgate 6 at 14.00.

N. Katherine Hayles, Distinguished Professor at UCLA, is one of the foremost scholars of the relationship between literature and science. She is the author of “Chaos Bound”, “How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics”, “Writing Machines” and “My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts.” Her book, “How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics”, won the Modern Language Association’s Rene Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Literary Theory for 1998-1999, and “Writing Machines” won the Media Ecology Association’s Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship.

Career in a Box

Career in a Box, originally uploaded by srett.

I filed my application for the tenured permanent position in digital textuality and digital aesthetics in Humanistic Informatics at the University of Bergen today. My career in a box.

Electronic Literature Poster

On Monday, we’re going to be at a department seminar in Solstrand. In the fall, Humanistic Informatics is becoming part of a larger department, with the easy-to-remember acronym of AHKKNT (just think of the noise you make when clearing your throat). The new mega-department will include us, linguistics, computational linguistics, art history, classic philology, theater, nordic studies, and possibly comparative literature (I think). We’re going to get together for a couple of days at a hotel to figure out if we can all work together by eating little finger sandwiches and having drinks together, and swimming together in the same pool while comparing computer games and electronic literature to the works of Aristotle, Saussure, Ibsen, and Munch. Should be an interesting hydra-headed group. My boss asked me to prepare a poster for the gathering highlighting the work Jill and I do in electronic literature. Click on the pic below for a larger version.