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Thursday, March 26 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Data-Driven Literary Practices

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Emerging technologies are transforming how we collect, process, and transmit data. Traditionally, we take in new data through our senses, augmented or otherwise, as facts of direct observation, and then analyze that data in the hopes of finding patterns therein. Those patterns are information, i.e. representations of data, which provide the foundation for knowledges built across cultures, disciplines, and practices. Now, in the era of “Big Data”, this model of knowledge acquisition is crumbling around us, because the volume, velocity, and variety of new data greatly exceeds our ability to process it using traditional means.  

Critics have increasingly regarded “Big Data” as a crisis of theory, and most have looked to science for solutions. In contrast, this panel of artist‐theorists will look to their own literary practices, as well as the practices of other authors and artists, and examine how artists can represent, interpret, and contextualize data to help generate new theories, knowledges, and literatures. VJ Um Amel will present “Tweet World”, a 3D immersive experience that uses actual tweets from global protests and 2D network visualizations to build worlds. Erik Loyer will show “Stepwise”, an open source web and mobile framework for one‐button performance of procedural text. Adam Sulzdorf‐Liszkiewicz will present “Mark Ditto Mark”, a conceptual novel generated by a browser extension, as well as an overview of several other literary and artistic browser extensions. Jeremy Hight will present “34 north 118 west”, the first GPS‐driven locative narrative, and “Carrizo Parkfield Diaries”, a sound, image, and text narrative edited by data from sensors in the San Andreas fault. These presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion of data‐driven literary pract

Moderators
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Adam Sulzdorf‐Liszkiewicz

RUST LTD.
Adam Sulzdorf‐Liszkiewicz is the author of AFEELD (Digital Originals Series, Collaboratory for Digital Discourse and Culture at Virginia Tech, 2015), and a co‐founder of the game design studio, RUST LTD. His work has appeared in Diagram, Hobart, Kotaku, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Seneca Review, and Word For/Word, and has recently been exhibited at the Library of Congress, the 2013 Modern Language Convention, the 2012 Electronic Literature... Read More →

Speakers
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VJ Um Amel

UC Santa Barbara
Laila Shereen Sakr is a digital media theorist and artist working in computational art, live cinema, data visualization, and media activism. She is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her work uses media analytics, visualization, and immersive storytelling techniques to map how participation in virtual worlds and networked publics have influenced the formation of a virtual body politic. This research led her to... Read More →
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Jeremy Hight

Jeremy Hight created locative narrative in the work “34 north 118 west”. His essay “Narrative Archaeology” was named one of the four key texts in locative media art. His collaborative work “Carrizo Parkfield Diaries” is in the permanent digital collection of the Whitney Museum. He has published 40 essays and book chapters on Augmented Reality, Locative Media, Interface Design and a new method of... Read More →
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Erik Loyer

Creative Director, Opertoon / The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture
Combining elements drawn from video games and comic books with dynamic music, gestural control, and synaesthetics, Erik Loyer's artworks, websites, and mobile apps have garnered international recognition. Loyer is the creator of The Lair of the Marrow Monkey, one of the first websites to be added to the permanent collection of a major art museum, and Chroma, an award‐winning web serial. As Creative Director for the experimental journal Vectors... Read More →


Thursday March 26, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Faculty Center

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