Research Group Electronic Literature

The End(s) of Electronic Literature Festival exhibition

Experience key works of contemporary electronic literature and see the history of electronic literature in this hands on exhibition at the Humanities Library.

Image of hands interacting with the work PRY.
You need to use your fingers to pry open Samantha Gorman and Danny Cannizzaro's iPad novella PRY. PRY is one of the works you can read at the Humanities Library as part of the ELO2015 Festival Exhibition in August 2015.
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Explore PRY, a novella for the iPad that tells the story of a soldier returned from war through video, text and interaction. Read "House of Trust", a generative poem about libraries inspired by a Fluxus artwork. Play a game of chess to create a poem in The Chessbard Plays, or move an iPad to create always-new poems from Einstein and Bohr's writings about quantam mechanics. Read erotic fiction designed for the intimacy of the touchscreen, or read the cinepoetic story of Li and Pym, who expose a corrupt augmented reality game for what it is. 


The End(s) of Electronic Literature Festival exhibition includes works by some of most reknowned authors of electronic literature internationally. See new works by pioneers such as Stuart Moulthrop, Stephanie Strickland and Megan Heyward, who in the late 1980s and 1990s created some of the first works of literature that combined words with images, video and interaction, and who are still among the most innovative authors in electronic literature. Be one of the first to read new work by playful game-poet Jason Nelson, author of i made this. you play it. we are enemies, or by Swedish Johannes Heldén and Håkan Jonson, among the foremost in Scandinavian electronic literature, and known for works like Evolution and The Prime Directive / Primärdirektivet.


In addition to the festival works, the library will display the “Emergence of Electronic Literature” exhibit featuring early works of electronic literature, antecedent works of print literature, posters and other ephemera from the history of the field, and a preview of the works included in the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3.


Works presented in the exhibition include:

The exhibition will be open from August 4 until August 28 during the library's opening hours:
Aug 4: 8:30-15:00 / Aug 5: 8:30-19:00 / Aug 6: 8:30-17:00 / Aug 7: 8:30-19:00
From August 10: Mon–Fri. 8.30–19.00, Sat. 10.00–16.00.