Date: 12 July 2010 , 09:00 to 18:00
Location: Rooms JG3002 and JG3003, John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn Road Campus
Fee: £25 full price/£15 students
From the Page to the Screen to Augmented Reality: New Modes of Language-Driven Technology-Mediated Research
The event will be followed by a drinks reception
Event convenor: Dr Maria Mencia
In order to develop language-driven technology mediated collaborative research practice, we propose a preliminary roundtable workshop involving scholars, writers, theoreticians and creative practitioners from Kingston University and other European Universities to discuss the relevance of new technologies in the creation of language mediated practice. We invite the participation of researchers, in particular, those who have just begun to consider the implications and possible use of new technologies in their research practice, as well as international researchers who have migrated from more traditional print-based research practices to multimedial and interdisciplinary research methods that make use of computers, networks, and mobile technologies.
Professor Jay David Bolter
Abstract: Elite and popular: digital art and literature in an era of social and locative media.
The relationship between digital literature and the literary mainstream has always been complicated. Despite a growing body of creative work, digital authors still have difficulty attracting the attention of traditional readers and critics. Digital (visual and performance) art has had a somewhat easier time winning recognition. Meanwhile, the future of literature and art (digital and otherwise) is itself uncertain, because the status of art has changed. The task of “saving” culture, once assigned to Art (with a capital A) seems no longer available in today’s artistic practice. Popular entertainment and the new social and locative media forms do not lay claim to the function once assigned Art; instead, they seem to deny the need for Art altogether. What roles, then, can digital literary artists and critics play in a today’s diverse and divergent media culture?
We will also consider questions including:
How can critics and audiences engage with digital artifacts and experiences that are interdisciplinary in nature?
In the afternoon, selected speakers from the roundtable will be presenting their practical work and there will be an opportunity for discussion.
The registration fee includes lunch, refreshments and conference materials.