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Newsletter March '01
2/2001 (3.Jg. / Nr. 16) - ISSN 1617-6901

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Content Newsletter:
Digital Literature - HT-Essay / HT "Same Day Test" / Conference Report / Interview Schlobinski / Interview Suter / Buchbesprechung / Chat-Theater / Subway-Novel "253" / Net-Project Cafe Nirvana / Installation "Tele-phony" / "Abfall für alle" / Robert Coover Essay

Digital Literature - an Introduction (German)

A new competition for digital literature has been announced. Two important representatives of the old and the new medium - DTV and T-Online - are awarding prizes for the best contributions. Roberto Simanowski takes the opportunity to provide short answers to questions raised by such an event: terminology, definitions, characteristics, typology or criteria for evaluation.

Hypertext and AIDS - 7 Beer and no Consequences (German)

Gavin Inglis' Same Day Test could have been an ideal hypertext. The protagonist has an appointment for an HIV test; however, he can stop off in the pub or in a museum on his way. But time is running! And interesting situation - to bad the text doesn't change with the decisions, although each link guides to its own file.

Computer Games and Digital Textuality (German)

Is it possible to develop computer games with a captivating dramaturgy? Could literary theory, especially narratology, help to do this? Do human beings structure world narratively? And what about the statement: "The time has come to treat play seriously"? The conference at IT University of Copenhagen (1./2. 3. 01) aimed at an academic approach to ludic text phenomena. Anja Rau was there and reports.

Internet and Education - Interview with Peter Schlobinski (German)

There is a huge demand and little hope that media competence will finally be taught German schools. Should schools buy the necessary know-how from free-lancers? Roberto Simanowski asked Prof. Peter Schlobinski.

Hyperfiction - Theory and Praxis of a new Genres - Interview with Beat Suter (German)

Suter is the pioneer of an academic approach to digital literature, the author of the first German dissertation on hypertext, and the only publisher of German hypertext CD-ROMs. Roberto Simanowski caught up with him and asked about terminology, archeology, history, and future of digital literature.

Weltwissen Wissenswelt. The global Net of Text and Image (German)

Nowadays, digital technologies pour information on people whose only escape is ignorance. Others are saying reason is the icing on the cake of fundamental affects in making decisions. The book contains the contributions of the conference "Envisioning Knowledge" - Beat Mazenauer reads through it.

Tilman Sack's "Chat-Theater" (German)

How can the Internet be brought onto the stage? Which Internet and how much of it? Tilman Sack, theater activist and passionate chatter, has an answer. He directs on two types of stages: 1. in the chat, where his authors hook up with the usual passengers, 2. in the theater, where he presents the results of a long cutting and rearranging process. Not a documentary, but still authentic, thinks Roberto Simanowski.

Geoff Ryman's Subway-Novel "253" (German)

Seven Cars, a Crash and half a hypertext: Geoff Ryman's story was born in the Internet but works as a book as well-- it doesn't really want to be a hypertext. 253 passengers on 253 pages each with 253 words. The interesting puzzle of London within a subway, which is brutally stopped when the driver falls asleep.

www.cafe-nirvana.com. Olivia Adler's Net-Project Cafe Nirvana (German)

"Cafe-Nirvana" - a website net, a "novel" one can enter. Nicole Alef describes her reading tour, discusses Olivia's influence on the appareance of this site-net, and draws a line from the characteristic e-mail and Chat to comparable forms of communication in the history of literary salons.

Lance Shields' "Tele-phony" (German)

The subtitle promises media critics: "An adventure over great distance using high technology!" And indeed, it was never this complicated to telephone. All the hiss and the odd reception! Shild conveys his message with a perfect text-image-sound-installation; through the Internet, over great distance, using high technology - he almost missed the mistake he needs.

"Abfall für alle" Rainald Goetz as Diary (German)

Goetz' Internet diary is neither a Truman-Show nor Big Brother- because Goetz leaves the room and puts the text about himself online. Apart from this, it is somehow the same.

Literary Hypertext. The Passing of the Golden Age (German)

Still so unknown and already over? "In terms of new serious literature, the Web has not been very hospitable. It tends to be a noisy, restless, opportunistic, superficial, e-commerce-driven, chaotic realm, dominated by hacks, pitchmen, and pretenders, in which the quiet voice of literature cannot easily be heard or, if heard by chance, attended to for more than a moment or two. Literature is meditative and the Net is riven by ceaseless hype and chatter." Robert Coover's important essay now in German translation.


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