Student Literary Programme

The closer man gets to the unknown, the more inventive he becomes--the quicker he adopts new ways :: Buckminster Fuller


Introductions: About me, about you

Discussion: What is digital literature?

Requires digital technology in the production and/or presentation of the text
Still in the process of being defined
We are forced to think differently about writing (and reading!)

What is different about READING in digital media?

What is different in WRITING FOR digital media?

What about for me, as an artist writing in digital media?

Some examples:
Kitasono Katue
Mai Ueda - Domain Poems (video)
Michael Joyce - Afternoon (software--PC only)
Brothers McLeod - Spamland#3
Jaromil - ascii forkbomb
Typographic Illustration
Raphael Lozano-Hemmer - 1000 Platitudes
Aya Karpińska and Daniel Howe - open.ended; No Time Machine
Sator Square

Writing Exercise: Erasure

Based on David Hirmes' erasures
Read the excerpt aloud
Look at an erased version
10 minutes: Erase one yourself, and save it.
Read aloud
15 minutes: Repeat the exercise, but on paper, in groups of three
Read aloud
Compare digital and analog versions

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140-character Culture

 Aya Karpinska - lala; Shadows Never Sleep

What's different about Twitter?
Underlying rules (constraints) encourage conversation, not just one person writing out loud

Writing Exercise: Real-time collaboration

Decide on as a group (or determine ahead of time) a beginning and an end
Sign into Twitter using the login I give you, but don't share your number
20 minutes: free write to connect the beginning and the end
Break and discuss
20 minutes: free write to continue OR perform the text by reading aloud

**NEW**...The resulting text is documented as a series of GIF images. Read each one from the bottom up:


Final thoughts about the workshop

Additional Resources

Programming for Digital Art and Literature - this course Web site lists plenty of organizations, museums, and sites dedicated to digital art and literature
Writing Digital Media - Brown University's collection of links, courses, events, calls for work
Grand Text Auto - blog about computer narratives, games, poetry, and art
Table of Forms - outline of all sorts of techniques and forms of constrained literature
RiTA - a software toolkit for generative literature

Not just digital
Daily Routines - how writers, artists, and other interesting people organize their days.

Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics

How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write by Stephen Johnson