EBR News -- March:
March has finally arrived, and for many of us, this means that new growth is just around the corner. Certainly, this Spring is turning into a season of activity for ebr. We have FOUR pieces in the p2p lineup--four pieces that we hope are worth the time to wrestle with. In addition, we have an essay published (from me!). Speaking from my own experience and on behalf of all our contributors, I want thank those of you who take time to comment on these pieces. Your acts of care and criticism are enormously helpful and your generosity is appreciated.
Essays/texts being published this month:
•The Politics of Plasticity: Neoliberalism and the Digital Text by Davin Heckman
In this essay, Davin Heckman argues that works of electronic literature often provide occasions for cultivating attention in a mutable cultural landscape. Through readings of John Cayley, YHCHI, Rob Wittig, and Richard Holeton, Heckman points to a poetics of technical estrangement by which new media is opened up to deliberative reading, and thus presents contemporary readers with the opportunity to develop critical practices appropriate for the conditions of neoliberalism.
EBR News -- February:
Undeterred by the sight of his shadow, the groundhog charges mightily though Winter, bringing with him the promise of longer days, better interfaces, and interesting essays. This month brings changes to our double blind, p2p review system. To keep our system secure, p2p review will require a user login and authenticated account, the instructions for which are available for our contributors and reviewers. Furthermore, published essays will now allow any reader to post moderated comments with an ebr account or a social media login.
We also have a mutating look about us. You can expect, as promised, that the redesign will continue to develop over time, as the designers incorporate feedback on the visual and procedural aesthetics of the evolving site.
And, finally, we have one essay that goes live this month.
• Revealing Noise: The Conspiracy of Presence in Alternate Reality Aesthetics by Adam Pilkey
Adam Pilkey argues that the ARG Year Zero's use of "revealing noise" allows and encourages the audience to help in the building of the narrative by becoming participants in a conspiracy theory within the ARG. Pilkey argues that "The Presence" found in the Nine Inch Nails album and corresponding ARG, Year Zero, symbolizes and denies a truth, which in turn provides a means that furthers the resources that constructs conspiracy theories in this alternate reality.
EBR News -- January:
We are proud to bring in the new year with a bold contribution, one which we hope will be met with enthusiasm (and a riposte or two).
• Post-Digital Writing by Florian Cramer
Florian Cramer's essay reframes debates on electronic literature within larger cultural developments in writing and publishing. On the one hand, he shows the commitment of the field of electronic literature - as found in universities or in organizations such as the ELO - to a "literary" intermedia writing for electronic (display) media. On the other hand, he emphasizes a wide-ranging post-digital poetics defined by a DIY media practice rather than the choice of a particular medium, a poetics which is broadly orientated towards writing rather than literature. At stake in this opposition is the larger question of literary studies in a world of creative digital industries.
EBR Site News:
We are approaching the end of the first year with our new Drupal-based EBR website. We began by using a minimalist Drupal design (the Zen theme, to be exact) in order to foreground the content of the EBR. We will now gradually begin styling and expanding the look of the site, based on a year of feedback and user testing. Towards this end, in addition to the ongoing support from EBR’s long-term designer Anne Burdick, we entered into a collaboration with Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden to provide consulting and implementation on expanding the website. We are truly excited and honored by this chance to add some Scandinavian design to EBR.
In other news, EBR is partnering with the Electronic Literature Organization to create a special subthread of essays emerging from the successful 2012 ELO Conference “Electrifying Literature,” held June 20-23 in Morgantown WV, hosted by the Center for Literary Computing at West Virginia University. We invited participants to submit their conference presentations. All the submissions are undergoing a careful editorial and peer-to-peer review process, after which we will gradually release this rich and exciting new sub-thread as part of the current Electropoetics thread. One highlight will be Florian Cramer’s keynote lecture, but all the submissions promise to set new benchmarks for the discourse on electronic literature. Keep your eyes open for these releases in the upcoming months! Click here to see all of these essays.