[ISEA2020] Paper: Bertrand Gervais — Carving out a Path: Building Research and Knowledge Environments (RKE) in a Digital Culture

Abstract

Summit on New Media Art Archiving

Keywords: Digital culture, digital ecosystem, research and knowledge environments (RKE), hypermedia, hypertext, research community, contemporary imagination, directory, research-creation

This paper presents the work done at the NT2 lab (UQAM) designing a digital ecosystem specialized in research on contemporary imagination and digital culture. The very first Research and Knowledge Environment (RKE) was put online in 2005, specializing in Hypermedia Art and Literature. That experience led the NT2 Lab and the Figura Research Center to join their forces to build and promote the Observatory on Contemporary Imagination at the core of a research-based digital ecosystem.

  • Bertrand Gervais holds the Canada Research Chair in Digital Art and Literature. Full professor in the Literary Studies Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), he is the founding director (1999-2015) of Figura, the Research Center on Textuality and the Imaginary, and of the NT2 Lab, the Research Laboratory on Hypermedia Art and Literature. He teaches American literature and literary theory, specializing in theories of reading and interpretation, and in contemporary cultural, artistic and literary practices as well as in electronic literature and digital aesthetics. Member of the Canadian Royal Society, he has published and edited numerous essays on contemporary theory, literary aesthetics, semiotics and symbolic processes. He is also a novelist.