Networking stinks. Read here about the smelly, disgusting shit on how digital literature artists connect; where they can be found offline and how they interact with each other. This is about digital literature.
Firstly, there is the Electronic Literature Organization that is currently located in Massachusettes. Gosh, you nailed it, folks, its conference is coordinated by MIT under the leadership of Nick Montfort who is associate professor for digital media at MIT and a big shot in digital literature himself. Founded in 1999, it is nowadays something of a Mecca for digital literary artists. This year’s conference is just about to take place in June in Victoria, British Columbia. Here is the call for the ELO prize for ELO 2016 – New Horizons (open until 28th February).
Ok, nothing surprising about it: it is America which assembles all the digital literary artists. Maybe this has something to do with Silicon Valley being there but I do not really know. Just google e-literature journals and plenty of them will pop up. But there are other spots, too. In Nordic countries the scene has become quite lively. “In the Nordic countries, electronic literature is taught in institutions such as University of Bergen, Norway (Jill Walker Rettberg, Scott Rettberg, Eric Rasmussen, and Patricia Tomaszek), University of Jyväskylä, Finland (Raine Koskimaa, Markku Eskelinen, and Giovanna Di Rosario), Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden (Jay David Bolter, Maria Engberg, Talan Memmott, and Lissa Holloway-Attaway, and Gösta Viberg), University of Aarhus, Denmark (Søren Pold and Mette-Marie Zacher Sørensen), University of Umeå, Sweden (Cecilie Lindhé and James Barrett), and Hedmark University College, Norway (Hans K. Rustad).”
There is also a rather dynamic digital literary writing scene in France. Check out this article by Serge Bouchardon.
I deeply regret to have to leave out all the languages I am not proficient in but there is one organization in Poland I came by as a blogeress which always fascinated me. See the interview with ALEKSANDRA MAŁECKA.
So, short post for today, sorry, but I gotta go to the CROWD conference on digital literature INTRE:FACE. C u in a min.