Panel: Creativity as a Social Ontology
This presentation looks at the formation of various creative communities as they emerge through network practices. Digital art and electronic literature communities largely develop out of mailing lists, online exposure to work, and the forwarding of links that others may find interesting. Over time, networks of practitioners begin to emerge based on affinity and how certain work or practice fits into the personal ontological privileging. As such, communities are distributed and appear disjunctive from the outside, yet are inclusive and conjoined by way of networked computers and aesthetic/poetic accord. Based on observation over the last decade or so of creative digital practice, this presentation will look at trends and patterns of community development in electronic literature and digital art.
- Talan Memmott is Assistant Professor of digital media and culture in the Digital Culture and Communications program at Blekinge Institute of Technology (SW) and an internationally known practitioner of electronic literature and digital art with a practice ranging from experimental video to digital performance applications and literary hypermedia. His work is widely available on the Internet, and has been included in electronic anthologies, featured at festivals and conferences, and been the subject of numerous critical texts. His current research interests include digital poetics, practice-based research methods, and digital media pedagogy in the humanities. Memmott holds an MFA in Literary Arts/Electronic Literature from Brown University and is currently completing a PhD in Interaction Design at Malmö University, Sweden.