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Guests of the Center for Digital Narrative

Visiting researchers and artists to the CDN

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Current guests

Søren Pold

"Søren Bro Pold (Digital Aesthetic Research Center, Aarhus University) has published on digital and media aesthetics – from the 19th century panorama to the interface in its different forms, e.g., electronic literature, net art, software art, platforms, AI, and digital culture. His main research field is interface criticism which discusses the role and the development of the interface for art, literature, aesthetics, culture and IT. He has also taken part in collaborative artistic research with e.g., The Poetry Machine and the Covid E-lit projects. He co-chaired the ELO 2021 conference."

Rafael Perez y Perez

Rafael Pérez y Pérez is a Research Professor at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana at Cuajimalpa, México City. In 2006 he founded the Interdisciplinary Group on Computational Creativity, which aims to gather together a group of researchers and students interested in computational creativity. They have developed programs for plot generation, interior design, visual narratives, creative problem solving, and so on. This group organizes every year the Mexican International Colloquium on Computational Creativity. He was the chair (2014-2015, 2015-2019) of the Association for Computational Creativity.  Professor Pérez y Pérez is member of the National System of Researchers in México (SNI).

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Former guests

Joellyn Rock

"Joellyn Rock is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at University of Minnesota Duluth. Her creative work includes digital print, interactive narrative, and experimental multimedia in a range of hybrid text/image/video projects. Interested in how emerging media is reshaping the ways that stories can be told, Rock helped establish the Motion and Media Across Disciplines Lab at UMD. Collaborating with writers, coders, dancers, actors, and other visual artists, Rock contributes to experiments with networked improvised literature or Netprov."

Rob Wittig

"Rob Wittig is co-founder (1983) of IN.S.OMNIA, a literary electronic bulletin board system that pioneered the creative possibilities of the electrosphere and has been termed "legendary" by cyber-chronicler Howard Rheingold. Rob's book, Invisible Rendezvous, Connection and Collaboration in the New Landscape of Electronic Writing (Wesleyan University Press, 1994), based on Fulbright work with Jacques Derrida, is an analysis of this early period of electronic literature.  Rob coordinated several collaborations with members of the legendary French experimental literary group Ou.Li.Po. for IN.S.OMNIA. He also created web literature projects such as the faux-vernacular "Fall of the Site of Marsha," the chatroom novel "Friday's Big Meeting," and the hand-illustrated e-mail novel "Blue Company."  Rob has worked and played for years in the graphic design and publishing industry. He teaches graphic design, art history and writing studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He completed an MA in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Norway in 2011."

Tyne Daile Sumner

Researcher, The Australian National University

Tyne Daile Sumner is a researcher, writer, and public speaker at The Australian National University (ANU). Her work focuses on the intersection of surveillance studies, digital culture, and the humanities. She explores how literary texts help us understand human subjectivity under conditions of datafication.

Tyne’s first book, Lyric Eye: The Poetics of Twentieth-Century Surveillance (2021), delves into the relationship between 20th-century American poetry and surveillance. Currently, she is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, working on her project titled 'Beyond Big Brother: New Narratives for Understanding Surveillance’. She is also President of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) and on the international Steering Committee of the Art, AI & Digital Ethics research collective.

Kate McDowell

Associate Professor of Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Kate McDowell regularly teaches both storytelling and data storytelling courses. She researches and publishes in the areas of storytelling as information research, social justice storytelling, and what library storytelling can teach the information sciences about data storytelling. Her projects engage contexts such as libraries, non-profit fundraising, health misinformation, social justice in libraries, and others. Dr. McDowell has worked with regional, national, and international nonprofits including the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO, part of WHO) and the Public Library Association (PLA). Her nationally-funded project Data Storytelling Toolkit for Librarians with co-PI Dr. Matthew Turk is under development.

Her storytelling research has involved training collaborations with advancement with both the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the University of Illinois system (Chicago, Springfield), storytelling consulting work for multiple nonprofits including the 50th anniversary of the statewide Prairie Rivers Network that protects Illinois water, and storytelling workshops for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). She formerly served as interim associate dean for Academic Affairs and assistant dean for Student Affairs and has led multiple transformative projects for the School.

Ben Grosser

Professor of New Media, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Ben Grosser creates interactive experiences, machines, and systems that examine the cultural, social, and political effects of software. Recent exhibitions include Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Barbican Centre and Somerset House in London, Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin, SXSW in Austin, and the Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo. His projects have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Wired, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, El País, and Folha. The Guardian (UK) proclaimed Grosser’s film ORDER OF MAGNITUDE to be a definitive artwork of the 21st century, “a mesmerising monologue, the story of our times.” RTÉ (Ireland) dubbed him an “antipreneur,” and Slate commended his work as “creative civil disobedience in the digital age.”

His artworks are regularly cited in books investigating the cultural effects of technology, including The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, The Metainterface, and Investigative Aesthetics, as well as volumes centered on computational art practices such as Electronic Literature, The New Aesthetic and Art, and Digital Art. Grosser is Professor of New Media in the School of Art & Design, co-founder of the Critical Technology Studies Lab at NCSA, and an affiliate faculty member with the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and the School of Information Sciences. He was a recent Fellow and is now a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.