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Newsletter NOVEMBER '00
7/2000 (2.Jg. / Nr. 14) - ISSN 1617-6901
Content Newsletter:

Practice-Pool // Forum Net communication and its Impact // Interview Daiber // Interview Westerfrölke // Terminology and Evaluation of Digital Literature // Interview Meyer // Dispositions of Digital Media // Review "Remediation" // Interview Moulthrop // Doctoral Thesis // Pixel-Self // Interview Freude and Espenschied // Interview Larsen // Interview Amerika // Conference Report // Interview Giesecke // Arte Liter@atur Competition // Theater and Internet

New additions to the Practice-Pool:

Literary Hypertexts (Tübingen)
Writing-Net-Workshop (Hamburg)

Forum "Net communication and its impact" (German)

Vittorio E. Klostermann: Do Art Magazines have a Future?
A controversial approach to the advantages of electronic publishing and the pitfalls of multi-linear writing. Klostermann encourages traditional forms of writing in the digital realm. He recommends links as endnotes, date stamps, pagination, and to inform subscribers regularly of new articles.

Michael Meier: Content Commerce. New Trade Models for Publishing Houses
Since the eBook-Award-Gala at the Frankfurt Book Fair, it is well known that the future lays in electronic publishing. Michael Meier discusses the present state of electronic publishing, the positions of content-provider, -broker and -user, and anatomizes a syndication deal.

Creative Text-Image-Coexistence - Interview with Jürgen Daiber (German)

Jürgen Daiber's and Jochen Metzger's hypermedia work "Trost der Bilder" was one of the winners of the 1998 Pegasus-Competition. Christiane Heibach speaks to the scholar and writer of digital literature, Jürgen Daiber, about his interest in digital writing, the relation of computer literature to design, and the dangers of being democratic in the world of aesthetics.

Text as Image - Interview with Anja Westerfrölke (German)

The 'text-play' dominoa by Anja Westerfrölke and her 4 co-authors won the Marianne-von-Willemer-Award 2000. Roberto Simanowski speaks with Anja Westerfrölke about the competition, dominoa, browser-literature, Flash, and the digital literature scene in Austria.

Interactive Fiction and Software-Narration: Terminology and Evaluation of Digital Literature (German)

And still the question remains: What is digital literature and how should it be evaluated? Roberto Simanowski looks at these questions. He examines Richard Ziegfeld's 1989 essay, Interactive Fiction: A New Literary Genre?, discusses the many terms that have appeared since and sketches criteria for evaluation.

'From dark room to light room' - Interview with Pedro Meyer (English)

Jörn Glasenapp speaks with the pioneer of digital photography about the manipulative aspects of analog and digital imaging, Paul Strand's alleged 'purity', the weakness of photography to express an artist's meaning, the forthcoming death of analog photography and the Internet as an important distribution platform.

Dispositions of Digital Media (German)

Jörn Glasenapp and Roberto Simanowski brainstorm about Bolter's and Grusin's Remediation, the classical author-text-reader-triangle and the relation of reality and fiction.

Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin: Remediation: Understanding New Media (German)

Jörn Glasenapp reviews Bolter's and Grusin's discussion of the psychology of New Media using categories like remediation ("representation of one medium in another"), immediacy (the deny of mediation in favor of immediate experience) and hypermediacy (the alter ego of immediacy "whose goal is to remind the viewer of the medium").

Operations of Writing. Interview with Stuart Moulthrop (English)

Roberto Simanowski speaks with one of the classical writers of hyperfiction about his work, about space in hypertext, the author's role as a designer, the 'perils' of multimedia, "reviewing agencies" on the net and the future of new media.

Ex Libris. Literature in Media Urbanity (English)

Abstract of Søren Pold's doctoral thesis about literary works, thematising how literature reflects the media situation. He focuses on the relationship between literature and the development in media during the last two centuries.

My Pixel-Self (German)

The winner of the Arte Liter@ture CompetitionTagebau is a multi-author web diary which aims to understand identity online. The discussion will be published as a book. Roberto Simanowski looks closely at this discussion for some introducing words.

Interview with Alvar C. H. Freude and Dragan Espenschied (German)

Roberto Simanowski speaks with the initiators of the very successful net-project Assoziationsblaster, and learns about its structure, its deeper meaning, the "6 word association artwork," and about Online-Demonstration, a project to rescue the freedom of the link.

Living for Hypertext. Interview with Deena Larsen (English)

Roberto Simanowski speaks with hypertext activist, Deena Larsen, about writing, promoting, and selling hypertext, the 4 labyrinths where a reader can get lost, and about her more recent work Disappearing Rain, that mingles fiction with non fiction websites.

network (h)activity . Interview with Mark Amerika (English)

Roberto Simanowski speaks with Mark Amerika about his work, authorship, 'Avant-Garde Capitalism', 'network (h)activity', and New Media Writing competitions.

Aesthetics of Digital Literature Conference (German)

Report of the first conference of the universities of Erfurt and Kassel on the aesthetics of digital literature, where scholars and activists discussed terminology, the characteristic of digital literature and the next steps for investigation.

After the Conference: Interview with Michael Giesecke (German)

At the Aesthetics of Digital Literature Conference, Prof. Dr. M. Giesecke talked about the future of literature in new media, the role scholars of literature are likely to play in that future, and about terminology and "gold rush atmosphere".

Arte Liter@tur Competition: The Winners (German)

Roberto Simanowski comments on the competition and its winners.

Theater and Internet. Ideas to a Concept of "Chat Theater" (German)

Tilman Sack examines the relationship between theater and the Internet and wonders if the Chat can replace the script traditionally written by a playwright.

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