For some time now I have been seeking art-focussed GPS-triggered apps for smartphones and am particularly enamoured by SATSYMPH:
“SATSYMPH LLP is composer and visual artist Marc Yeats; poet, writer and context-aware media director and producer, Ralph Hoyte; and coder, composer and audio engineer Phill Phelps.”
The trio create ‘context-aware soundworlds’ i.e.
“…high quality contemporary soundscape experiences…triggered by GPS...”
Their elegant and adaptable creation has massive potential and what I particularly like about it is that downloaded content functions completely independently of the availability of a phone signal, rendering it especially useful in rural regions.
Full details can be found on the website, facebook and twitter:
Here’s a link to an interesting infographic showing how the means by which we access recorded music has changed during the past three decades.
I wonder how the consumption of literature compares, and where we are heading?
“Appoet was founded on the belief that ebooks are an intermediary media between physical literature and mobile applications for storytelling. By focusing on the multidimensional capacity of mobile technologies, traditional humanities become immersive experiences that no longer lend themselves to introspection, but community engagement.”
The full story is to be found at http://www.appoet.org/ as well as on facebook and twitter.
One of the main outcomes has been the development of an exciting app, Infused:
“Infused is a user curated GPS-enabled magazine.”
Access this digital humanities project at http://infused-gpsmag.com/ and keep up to date via facebook and twitter.
A couple of my own submissions are here: http://infused-gpsmag.com/Berneray,%20United%20Kingdom.html
Infused will be released this spring on Apple, Android, and Windows devices
The writer and broadcaster EM Forster (1879-1970) had this short story published in 1909.
He is not thought of as a sci-fi author, but these two sentences illustrate the prescience of the piece.
“There was the button that produced literature. and there were of course the buttons by which she communicated with her friends. The room, though it contained nothing, was in touch with all that she cared for in the world.”
It is certainly an interesting read…
“I ♥ E-Poetry is largely an educational project, developing into a reference of electronic literature that aims for encyclopedic scope of its coverage.
It is designed for newcomers to these genres, scholars who need a quick reference, and educators interested in teaching e-lit in their courses. “
The project has a blog, from which came the above quote, and also a facebook page.
It is a fabulous, expanding, resource.
The ELO provide this via the paper.li publishing site at:
Definitely one to bookmark/favo(u)rite/evernote…
In her 2007 essay N Katherine Hayles provides the following definition (which I have rearranged):
a “digital born” literary work––that is:
“a first generation
created on a computer
and (usually) meant
to be read on a computer”
(inc smart phones and tablets etc.)
There are potential pitfalls with such a definition which seemingly rules-out an electronic adaptation or revision as not being ‘first generation’, and what of notes or found objects that a poet may wish to use in their work?
However, it does have the twin strengths of relative simplicity and brevity and, to me, seems far more inclusive than the one that Stephanie Strickland provided in her piece ‘Born Digital‘which I referred to in an ealrier entry.
Hayles essay continues with an investigation of various genres of electronic literature, a very interesting discussion of the distinction between printed and electronic forms, and finishes with a consideration of the Electronic Literature Organization’s PAD (Preserving, Archiving and Dissemination) Initiative.
One place where there is an excellent collection of eMedia to explore is in the archive of the online magazine Born which:
“From 1996 until its retirement in 2011, Born connected over 900 contributors, generating an extraordinary record of collaboration between literary arts and multimedia.”
There are many different types of eLit to investigate here, including pieces analysed in Poetic Machines such as the interactive ePoem ‘Fallow’, and the best thing is to visit and see what’s there… http://archive.bornmagazine.org/
There appears to be to be far more written about ePoetry, and electronic literature in general, than there are examples of the form and it was refreshing to find a thesis that not only provides a cogent exploration of what defines ePoetry but does so primarily by an examination of specific examples.
Jeneen Naji’s Poetic Machines: an investigation into the impact of the characteristics of the digital apparatus on poetic expression. (Sep 2012) is essential reading and her fluid, clear style makes this a very pleasant experience.
I particularly like her inclusion of a useful timeline with significant dates in the history of electronic literature, and expect to find myself referring to her work frequently in future explorations.