[ISEA2011] Panel: Davin Heck­man (moderator) – Zones of Contact and Fields of Consistency in Electronic Literature

Panel Statement

Chair Per­son: Davin Heck­man
Pre­sen­ters: Dene Gri­gar, Anna Gibbs, Maria Angel & Scott Ret­tberg

This panel will ex­plore the re­la­tion­ship be­tween crit­i­cism and cre­ative prac­tice in elec­tronic lit­er­a­ture.  This dis­cus­sion will dis­cuss the po­ten­tials of and lim­its to lit­er­ary crit­i­cism in the realm of dig­i­tal po­et­ics and nar­ra­tive.  Heck­man’s paper dis­cusses the re­la­tion­ship be­tween speed, lit­er­ary crit­i­cism and folk­son­omy.  Ret­tberg will high­light the ELM­CIP Knowl­edge­base and com­mu­nity-based re­search prac­tices in the field of elec­tronic lit­er­a­ture.  Gri­gar will ad­dress the nar­ra­tive in the age of dig­i­tal media.  And Gibbs and Angel will ex­plore hand­writ­ing as an em­bod­ied praxis link­ing thought with cor­po­re­al­ity through the medium of ges­ture, and its trans­for­ma­tions in text-based new media art. Pan­elists will ad­dress the crit­i­cal value of es­tab­lish­ing con­nec­tions with tra­di­tional lit­er­ary vo­cab­u­lary, both as a method for un­der­stand­ing new media art within lit­er­ary con­texts and as a method of ad­vanc­ing the de­vel­op­ment of new crit­i­cal tools, par­tic­u­larly those that aid the de­vel­op­ment of a world lit­er­a­ture of elec­tronic lit­er­a­ture.

  • Davin Heck­man is the au­thor of A Small World: Smart Houses and the Dream of the Per­fect Day (Duke UP, 2008).  He is Su­per­vis­ing Ed­i­tor of the Elec­tronic Lit­er­a­ture Di­rec­tory and As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at Siena Heights Uni­ver­sity, where he teaches courses in writ­ing, lit­er­a­ture, and media stud­ies.  In 2011, he was se­lected as a Ful­bright Scholar in dig­i­tal cul­ture at the Uni­ver­sity of Bergen, N. directory.eliterature.org