Newsletter FEBRUARY '00
2/2000 (2.Jg. / Nr. 9) - ISSN 1617-6901

New additions to the Praxis-Pool

-research project Selbstreferentialität in den Medien (Kassel)
-research project
Ästhetische Strategien in Multimedia und digitalen Netzen (Hildesheim/Lüneburg)
Advanced Fiction Writing (Arellano, Brown University)
Introduction to Hypertext (Derby, Brown University)

Susanne Berkenheger's "Hilfe" - Review (German)

Roberto Simanowski explores Berkenheger's new text labyrinth which presents its characters in different Java Windows and turns the screen into a stage. This graphical choreography of text is an amazing version of 'kinetic poetry'. However, one wonders why the man character continues to change her/his gender and what the deeper meaning of this piece is. (>>>Abstract)

Life is bigger than environment - Interview with Ed Barrett (English)

Ed Barrett is author and editor of various books on social aspects of new media and gives courses on interactive fiction. He talks about digital media and education, he tells us, that the Web currently suffers from terminal graphic design disease, that he'd rather see a student learn humility than hubris, and explains why chairs in computer labs should be on rollers.

"Kulturwissenschaften und Neue Medien" by Norbert Gabriel - Review (German)

Roberto Simanowski reviews Norbert Gabriel's book about education in the digital age, what treats a wide range of topics: the new role of author, reader, teacher, multi linearity, digital publishing, digital media in educational settings, new media and curricula in Germany, as well as the technical basics ATM, IP, SGML, FTP and so on.

German Digital Literature: An Introduction (English)

In this expanded version of a talk Roberto Simanowski introduces digital literature, presents German examples of certain types of digital literature - collaborative writing, hypertext, hypermedia -, and discusses how these pieces exploit the technology of the medium to tell a story. (>>>Abstract)

Hypertext - Curricula - Fragen an Ernest W.B. Hess-Lüttich (German)

Prof. Dr. Hess-Lüttich, Universität Bern, talks about research on and teaching of new media and about the aesthetics of hypertext and digital literature.

Praiseloser Internet-Literaturpreis - Netzliteratur in der Krise? (German)

The jury refuses to award the prize to any of the entries in a digital literature competition. This incident raises serious questions: How should such competitions be set up? How should one evaluate whether an example makes an appropriate use of the genuine features of digital media? Is there such a thing as net literature at all?

Literatur im Internet - Theorie und Praxis einer kooperativen Ästhetik (German)

Christiane Heibach sums up the results of her thesis on digital aesthetics. She points out the "hyperlectic oscillation" between all aspects of the digital medium - technical and aesthetic presentation as well as social interaction - and argues that digital art often becomes communication.

Hypertext in Spain - Interview with Susana Pajares Tosca (English)

Susana Pajares Tosca is the editor of the first Spanish hyperfiction journal and is writing her doctoral thesis on "Hypertext and Literature". Roberto Simanowski talked with her about the state of the art and research of hypertext in Spain, about the pedagogical potential of hypertext, about the "hype-excitement" regarding the freeing of readers by multi linear linkage, and about criteria to classify a digital work of art.

"Beim Bäcker" - Collaborative Sex und soziale Ästhetik (German)

Roberto Simanowski introduces the German "Veteran" of collaborative writings "In the bakery". He investigates the relationship among the authors of this erotic story and presents some characteristics of collaborative writing projects such as the occupation or negation of the predecessor's contribution and the egoism behind the 'collaboration'(>>>Abstract)

Was ist Netzliteratur? Eine Diskussion der Mailingliste (German)

A new member of the German mailing list netzliteratur.de dared to ask the question: What is net literature? He started a three day discussion as intensive and distracting as discussions in mailing lists used to be. He then had to assemble all postings and to put them together as a hypertext, which hardly answers the question "What is net literature" but shows what a discussion about this subject is like.

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