Yra Van Dijk

Associate Professor of Modern Dutch LIterature/Principal investigator
University of Amsterdam

Dr. Yra van Dijk is assistant professor at the Dutch Literature department of the University of Amsterdam. She wrote a PhD thesis on typographic blanks in modern poetry, and has since specialised in the analysis and interpretation of electronic poetry. She is currently at the Centre for Research in Computing and the Arts of the UCSD as a research scholar.

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Bergen Seminar on Electronic Literature Communities, Sept 20-21, 2010

The first seminar of the ELMCIP project was held September 20-21, 2010 in Bergen at Landmark Café at the Kunsthall and at the University of Bergen. The seminar focused on how different forms of community, based on local, national, language group, shared cultural practices and interest in particular literary and artistic genres, form and are sustained, particularly electronic literature communities. The program included a day-long public seminar on September 20th at the Landmark Kunsthall, where we examined specific cultural traditions in electronic literature, including examples from France, the Netherlands, the Scandinavian countries, the USA, the community of interactive fiction, the Poetry beyond Text project in the UK, and others. We also heard from organizers of electronic arts and literary communities in Bergen. 

The second day of the seminar, at the University of Bergen, was focused on a meeting of project members and guests to work on and discuss ELMCIP projects under development: the ELMCIP online bibliographic knowledge base, an anthology of electronic literature, a survey of electronic literature publishing resources, and a major international conference which will include an exhibition and performances of electronic literature.

The second evening of the seminar included live performances, readings, and demonstrations of electronic literature, focused on examples from electronic literature communities highlighted during the first day of the seminar. Those performances are also open to the public. Full video documentation of the presentations seminar can be found on vimeo.





ELMCIP Remediating the Social Documentary Released

HERA: Humanities in the European Research Area, funded the production of a short documentary based on the Remediating the Social Conference and Exhibition, and which provides a general introduction to the ELMCIP project and a summary of its results. Directed and produced by Edinburgh filmmaker Richard Ashrowan, the documentary has been released in two versions -- a five minute version, and a longer twelve minute cut which includes more material including performance documentation and short interviews with some artists and presenters. Both are available on the ELMCIP site, documented in the Knowledge Base, and published on the ELMCIP Vimeo channel.

Videos from the Electronic Literature Communities Seminar now online, Knowledge Base in Progress

Videos of presentations from the Electronic Literature Communities Seminar are now online at Vimeo.

The majority of the scholarly presentations have been processed and uploaded, and videos of performances are in progress. We have also been hard at work developing the platform for the ELMCIP Knowledge Base. The Knowledge Base will develop based on the themes of the ELMCIP seminars and will include bibliographic records about works of electronic literature, critical and theoretical writing, important events, organizations, and people working in the field. In addition to basic bibliographic records, the Knowledge Base will host full-text articles, audio and video of presentations, and other important resources. We are using materials from the first ELMCIP seminar as a testbed for the new platform. Create an account to view the Knowledge Base in-progress. In coming months as we complete development, we will welcome contributions from writers, artists, and scholars around Europe, in addition to those from the researchers who are directly involved in the ELMCiP project.


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