Participants will have the opportunity to attend an exhibition and an evening of performances.
Exhibition Shapeshifting Texts
Electronic literature is an ever-changing field which makes clear the intersections between multiple art forms, semiotic languages and experiences with the medium. This literary form thrives on dialogues between digital art, cinema, performance or games. The exhibition “Shapeshifting texts” aims to present a selection of works that incorporate these possibilities of interconnection.
Between the 3rd and the 5th of November, we will present the collaborative work done by institutions and archives focused on the preservation of electronic and experimental literature and, simultaneously, demonstrate that electronic literature is part of an ever-evolving process which might have been catalysed by the first experiences with language and surfaces of inscription. At Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Bremen, from the 3rd to the 5th of November 2016, visitors will find works that shapeshift at different levels, often depending on assemblage and recalibration to be experienced.
This exhibition is linked with the International Conference on Digital Media and Textuality (registration required) and with an Evening of Performances (free entry). For more information, please visit : https://digmediatextuality.wordpress.com/. (The online exhibition can be visited at: https://exhibitionshapeshiftingtexts.wordpress.com/.)
Opening hours (general public)
3 November – 14:30-16:00
4 November – 10:00- 12:50/ 14:10-15:50
5 November – 10:00- 12:50/ 14:10-15:50
Evening of performances
4 November – 18:30
Place: Stadtbibliothek Bremen (Wall-Saal)
Toxi•City, Scott Rettberg and Roderick Coover
Toxi•City is a combinatory film in which narrative segments and a chorus of historical anecdotes chronicling deaths from Hurricane Sandy are drawn from a data-based of materials. (…) In Toxi•City, 6 characters describe conditions living in a future shaped by global warming and climate change (ELMCIP). Project site: http://crchange.net/toxicity.
BIO – Scott Rettberg is a professor of digital culture in the department of linguistic, literary, and aesthetic studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. Prior to moving to Norway in 2006, Rettberg directed the new media studies track of the literature program at Richard Stockton College in New Jersey. Rettberg is the author or coauthor of novel-length works of electronic literature. His work has been exhibited both online and at art venues. Rettberg is the cofounder and served as the first executive director of the nonprofit Electronic Literature Organization, where he directed major projects funded by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Rettberg is the project leader of the HERA-Funded ELMCIP research project, the director of the ELMCIP Electronic Literature Knowledge Base: http://elmcip.net/knowledgebase, and the leader of the Electronic Literature Research Group.
Aimisola.net/hymiwo.po: a poemtrack for a yet-to-be-written dance piece, Álvaro Seiça
This poem departs from material produced by AIMISOLA, in respect to the project “voices of immigrant women,” and further research developed by Álvaro Seiça & Sindre Sørensen on immigration, Spanish immigration policies, cultural, social and political issues in Spain.
Bio – Álvaro Seiça’s (b. 1983, Portugal) most recent poetry works are aimisola.net/hymiwo.po, in collaboration with Sindre Sørensen (2015), langlibabex, in collaboration with Claire Donato and Luc Dall’Armellina (2015), Ö (2014) and permafrost: 20+1 zeptopoemas sms (2012). Seiça published +- poems and +- essays and 1 play, aktra (2014). In 2007, he co-founded Bypass and Bypass Editions. He is a PhD fellow at UiB, with a project about digital poetry. He edits the database elmcip.net and lives in Bergen, Norway.
PoeticUnConversationS, Rui Torres
Presentation of a set of programmed poems meant to be read simultaneously by multiple readers inhabiting a simulated and navigable space in which the reading becomes immersive and interactive.
Bio – Rui Torres is Associate Professor at University Fernando Pessoa, Portugal, where he teaches Semiotics, Literature and Hypermedia. In he past, he was a visiting professor in M.A. programmes of the NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal; the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain; the University of Tallinn, Estonia; and in the Erasmus Intensive Program in European Digital Literatures at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. He is the Director of the academic journal Cibertextualidades, and member of several editorial boards and scientific committees of other Journals in the field of electronic literature. He is an author of electronic literature, having his poems published in several Anthologies (ELC2, ELMCIP) and CD-ROMs. He was the Principal Investigator of projects funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation and the European Union, and is the coordinator of the resulting Digital Archive of Portuguese Experimental Poetry: www.po-ex.net. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the ELO-Electronic Literature Organization.