VANCOUVER, Wash. – Much early digital literature can no longer be experienced because today’s technology has passed it by. A videotaping series at Washington State University Vancouver will help preserve the early literature and the human experience of interacting with it.
The first session will debut July 8-9 with Stuart Moulthrop, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who for the last 25 years has produced many critically significant works of digital writing and art. He will be videotaped performing and talking through one of his best-known pieces, “Victory Garden” (1991), on a vintage Mac Classic.
Following his reading, two readers unfamiliar with “Victory Garden” will be videotaped to produce a record of multiple readers’ experience with the work.
The videotaping, taking place in the electronic literature lab, is aimed at producing a performance of his work that can be archived for posterity in international databases and made available in a multimedia Web book.
Moulthrop also will present a free, public lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Nouspace Gallery, 1005 Main St., Vancouver.
The videotaping series, “Pathfinders: Documenting the Experience of Early Digital Literature,” is supported by a digital humanities start-up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is co-led by Moulthrop and Dene Grigar, associate professor and director of the creative media and digital culture program at WSU Vancouver.
Videos will also be made available via a free application and international databases such as the Electronic Literature Directory, hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and ELMCIP, hosted by the University of Bergen in Norway.