EXTENDED CALLFOR WORKS: JANUARY 7 2015
ELO TRANSMEDIA LITERARY ART S FESTIVAL
The ElectronicLiterature Organization (ELO) has been a primary venue for vanguard works ofelectronic writing and media arts for over 15 years. Its writers and artistsexplore writing, language, poetics, storytelling in all their forms through innovative digital techniquesaswell as hybrid and critical approaches.
The ELO's 2015Transmedia Literary Arts Festival will be held in Bergen, Norway August 2015.The Festival provides an occasion for juried review, and extended display,performance and presentation, of original works and a small number ofcommissioned artworks designed specifically for the festival. Themes include Hybridity andSynesthesia, Interventions; Decentering and Kid-E-Lit. There will also be anevening of film screenings and another of performances. The festival is receiving submissions thru January 7th onEasychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elo2015.
ThisTransmedia Arts Festival is being held in conjunction with the ELO ConferenceProgram: End(s) of Electronic Literature. Information about the conferenceprogram and panel submissions is here: http://conference.eliterature.org/2015/call
The ELO's 2015Transmedia Literary Arts Festival will take place at venues throughout the cityof Bergen and be open to the general public. The Arts Festival welcomes worksthat extend beyond the computer monitor and the gallery walls, such as soundworks, mobile works and site-specific projects. It welcomes works that thatengage the community. Some works may be considered for extended exhibitionbefore and beyond the festival dates. Worksmust engage categorical themes and ELO's broad interests in words and literaryforms, whether in language, image or other media.
The Committeeespecially welcomes submissions from artists who are new to electronicliterature or who are in the beginning stages of their e-‐literary artistic production. Artists may apply for morethan one category, but if so, they should indicate a priority, generally themost recent work or work most deeply engaged with the conference themes.
Submissionsare being accepted for the following parts of the exhibition and performanceprogram:
Hybridityand Synesthesia: Beyond Peripheries of Form and Consciousness
This aspect ofthe program will emphasize works, particularly installations, that push at theedges of literature and other forms, and that appeal to other aspects of thesensorium than those we typically associate with reading. Works that forexample involve haptic sensation, touch-‐based interactivity, innovative audio elements, interactive images, orlocative technologies.
Interventions:Engaging the Body Politic
Thisexhibition will feature works that engage with contemporary cultural discourseand political reality, challenging audiences to consider digital artifacts andpractices that reflect and intervene in matters of the environment, socialjustice, and our relation to the habitus.
Decentering: Global Electronic Literature
Whilethere are strong centers of activity in electronic literature in North Americaand Western Europe, innovations in digital textuality are also taking place in Eastern Europe and in the Southernhemisphere. This exhibition will focus on these lesser-‐known phenomena.
Kid-E-Lit:Digital Narratives for the Young
The firstgeneration of digital natives is finding a plethora of apps and interactivedigital narratives made for their iPads and computers, perhaps learning how tothink in a new digital vernacular. This exhibition will focus on innovations in digital reading experiences forchildren.
ScreeningRoom: E-Lit Film Festival
Thefirst ELO film festival will feature films that have been produced recentlyabout electronic literature and related practices, and will also includescreenings of types of digital literature that benefit from sustained watching,such as poetry generators and kinetic poetry.
End(s)of Electronic Literature Performances and Readings
This programwill feature live readings and performances of works of electronic literature. Authors are encouraged to think broadlyabout modes of performance,ranging from traditional readings to more theatrical styles of presentation,and to consider opportunities for site-specific interventions in public space.
Except inspecial instances and with works represented in the ELC3 category, artistsshould be present to install their works at the beginning of the festival andto discuss their works.
Exhibitionwill be limited to available technology. While we can try to find solutions tospecial requests, we can make no promises on those lines. Selection will bemade for both artistic and practical reasons.
Please clearlystate what technology you require and/or what you will bring, particularly ifit falls outside of these parameters. Please also state if you work requires aspecific operating system (Linux, Mac, etc.) If your work cannot share astation, please clearly state why not. Films for the screening should bescreened as .mov files with H264 compression unless necessarily otherwise.
Submissionsfor above parts of the Arts program will be accepted from September 15th-‐ December 15th on Easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=elo2015
A selectnumber of artists may receive commissions for works that are specifically designed for this ELO festivaland directly address one of its exhibition topics. Works must be original andpremiere at this festival; site-related and site-specific works are encouraged.Commissions require a detailed plan of execution and presentation as well ascreative discussion. If you are applying for a commission, please state if youwill need to arrive in Bergen in advance of the festival to fulfill theircommission goals and if you would be willing to offer a talk or workshop tostudents or other members of the public during the week before the festival.
Selectionswill be made via a three-‐step juryreview process. Members of the artsprogram committee will first review submissions, and then curators for eachtrack of the program will select works from among those ranked most positivelyby the committee. The suggested works will then be reviewed as a whole inrelation to practical conditions. Final selections will depend on availableresources and constraints ofindividual venues.
Roderick L. Coover