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Digital Literature Workshop | Electronic Cabaret | A Night at the Cybertexts

Calls (closed): for Papers | for Art and Performance


8pm, Friday 27 April, 2001
Main Lounge at the Saunders Inn, Vartan Gregorian Quad

This set of electronic literary readings is arranged, as short films are, on a festival reel. Each of the works briefly presented in this "reel-time" event is new - written since DAC 2000. The authors reading come from diverse backgrounds, having begun their electronic writing endeavors in StorySpace (Jackson, Moulthrop, Strickland), on the Web (Coverley, Gillespie, Memmott, Rettberg), in cybertext poetry using HyperCard (Cayley), in commercial gaming (Swigart), and in interactive fiction forms (Montfort).

The title of this reading conflates the title of one of Robert Coover's books, A Night at the Movies, or, You Must Remember This, with that of Espen Aarseth's Cybertext. The reading will play with some of the ideas of Robert Coover's DAC '99 address - you must remember that - exploring whether visually stunning post-hypertext electronic literature is necessarily superficial, as Hollywood films often are. The works presented may also reveal that a great deal of "Golden Age" crafting of literary forms and conventions remains to be done. In the vein of Cybertext, the works presented include many that think beyond the link and are not easily categorized as hypertext.

John Cayley

M.D. Coverley
Default Lives

William Gillespie
Letter to Lamont

Talan Memmott
Delimited Meshings: a white paper

Nick Montfort

Stuart Moulthrop
Marginal Effects

Scott Rettberg
The Meddlesome Passenger

Stephanie Strickland

Rob Swigart
About Time

With a welcome & introduction from
Deena Larsen

nickm@nickm.com · February 2001

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