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I attended and presented at my first Digital Arts and Culture conference at the perthDAC 2007 held 15-18 September (though I co-wrote a paper for the 2005 DAC). The 2007¬†programme is on the site, but the full proceedings will be available online soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my impressions/experience of […]


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At the ELO’s “Future of Electronic Literature” conference at the University of Maryland, we held a panel on international (non-English) works. To facilitate that discussion, the members of that panel developed a wiki, which is now available here at WRT.
Wiki of International Electronic Literature
The wiki features scholars, works, and organizations from around the globe […]


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The Electronic Literature Organization will be holding a conference called its “The Future of Electronic Literature,” a title which may seem to express the organization’s mission; however, recent initiatives, such as the Preservation, Archiving, Dissemination (PAD) project, have focused more on the preservation (ostensibly “the past”) of electronic literature. Surely “The Future of […]


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As a practice, we don’t announce talks at WRT, but this one presents an interesting convergence, a kind of crossover episode where the IF League meets the X-Bots meets the Game Squad in one of those moments of academic alliance: But who are we fighting against?

Second Person: An evening on writing and gameplay

6-8pm, April 4, 2007,
as part of Scott Fisher’s CTIN 511
USC’s Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts (RZC),
Room 201 Zemeckis Media Lab (ZML)

[This talk is not open to the public, but we will blog about it afterwards. The hosts can answer inquiries about access.]

As part of the LA book launch for Second Person, Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable Media (MIT Press 2007) several of the contributors and one of the editors will be speaking at USC to one of the Masters classes in interactive media. Editor, artist, and scholar Noah Wardrip-Fruin will present the collection joined by WRT’s Jeremy Douglass and Mark Marino and renown video-game creator Jordan Mechner.

The talk marks one of the first public launch stops for Second Person on the West Coast but more importantly marks an important presentation of a few of the many topics in the collection, namely mainstream video games, interactive fiction, and conversational agents. Of course, these topics leave out the table top games, the interactive dramas, et cetera. What you realize from considering this list is just how varied the objects of study in Second Person are, though the menagerie does make a coherent zoological exhibition.


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At MLA 2007 in Philadelphia, John Cayley introduced the idea of an “ideal syntax,” the parole that adheres to the langue or the code that will compile. It is this “ideal syntax” that many codeworks are writing against, disrupting, challenging, and distorting. Therefore, by not compiling, codeworks may be fighting the protocols. In that spirit, I present a draft of a markup poem I’ve been working on in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.

So as not to break our feed with this resistant code, I will post a link here to the current version. WRT: Are their other code-based tributes to MLK, a man who has been added to the Federal Google Calendar but cannot be so easily compiled or processed?






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