Languages come & go, but algorithms stand the test of time

June 20th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Ceci est un reflet du rapport collectif qui devrait être fait par le secrétaire défénitivement provisoire Etherpad, lors de la 2e rencontre d’Algolit du 27 au 29 mai 2013 au Belouvrage à Nantes, qui était focalisé sur le travail d’Oulipo.
Après une balade organisée par Nicolas Malevé dans les spirales de l’histoire de l’algoritme, on s’est plongé dans le sofa avec notre bibliographie oulipienne, on a analysé de près quelques recettes et finalement, on a décidé d’essayer de vider le poulet de façon digitale. Finalement, on a constaté que la recette des rencontres Oulipiennes nous pourrait servir aussi. » Read the rest of this entry «

Un algoritme doit être vu pour être cru

June 14th, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

Lors d’une rencontre Algolit à Nantes, Nicolas Malevé a partagé des idées qu’il avait ressemblées pour un cours à l’ERG. » Read the rest of this entry «

#i-literature @Atlantide

June 11th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Le 1er juin à Nantes j’ai assisté à la seule intervention sur la littérature numérique au sein de la première édition du festival littéraire Atlantide à Nantes.

L’intervenante était… Catherine Lenoble qui m’avait invitée au même moment pour une intervention autour du même sujet. Les exemples et les références qu’elle a fournis me sont très chers, en plus qu’ils se trouvent en ligne. A explorer!

Redocumentation & Repensées

June 10th, 2013 § 2 comments § permalink

Schermafdruk van 2013-08-02 17:42:58

Le 30 mai 2013 j’ai été invitée pour parler de mes expériences en littérature numériques lors d’un cycle de rencontres organisé par Catherine Lenoble et Guénaël Boutouillet. Dans le cadre du cycle ils font ce qu’ils appellent la ‘redocumentation’. Quelle source de richesse : toute intervention est enregistrée sur vidéo, mais vous y retrouvez aussi le lien vers ma présentation même et quelques commentaires:
tout comme des interventions passionnantes par Olivier Ertszscheid et Laurent Neyssensas sur L’état des lieu du web citoyen et marchand et de Lionel Maurel sur les Copy-partys.

Afin de compléter ce bel article j’aimerais bien écrire quelques lignes sur l’expérience qui a suivie mon intervention. L’après-midi une quinzaine de femmes ont participé à un atelier d’écriture collaborative en utilisant l’outil libre et en ligne Etherpad. » Read the rest of this entry «

Workshop i-literature

December 12th, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

From 8th till 10th October I invited five artists for a workshop around i-literature in Constant Variable: Catherine Lenoble, Olivier Heinry, Stéphanie Vilayphiou and Nicolas Malevé.

All of us are hybrid artists with a special interest in literature. We knew bits and pieces of each others’ work, but I was curious to see what common grounds we would find in our approaches towards electronic literature, the experiences, the likes and the dislikes. It was great to be able to go into depth throughout the presentations of our work.

Five different aspects of interesting i-literature experiences came out of this encounter: intertextuality, distributed works, the challenge of accessibility and licenses, collaborative processes, working with algorithms and parameters. Of course, sometimes a work contains more than one aspect at the same time. Below you find the list, with for each aspect concrete examples of the works that were presented.
As a result of this workshop we set up the mailinglist Algolit in order to continue to share and discuss thoughts about i-literature. If you’re interested to join, please
At the end of 2013 we plan to make a publication based on the content of this mailinglist.

This workshop was possible thanks to the support of the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie.
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A new way of reading?

September 8th, 2008 § Comments Off on A new way of reading? § permalink

Or just another way of profiling?
I did the test with the programs of two Belgian political parties.
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Reading Department

August 1st, 2007 § Comments Off on Reading Department § permalink

Today I participated in the online reading session organised by Sönke Hallman and Falke Pisano, exploring the idea of a #collective textual performance#, approaching the text by #reading with the intention that the text becomes a place#.

After reading the excerpts, we all started to invest the ‘text-place’, straight onto the wiki, while we shared our impressions by chat. From straight Courier 11 laps-of-texts, we tried to turn them into inhabited decorated ‘text-places’. It is a good way to ‘live’ a text.

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A great way to look at (techno)texts

February 27th, 2007 § Comments Off on A great way to look at (techno)texts § permalink

K. Hayles, Writing Machines


Link to the book
Link to the interview with Katherine Hayles and Anne Burdick
Link to downloadable courses by Katherine Hayles

Having studied literature and literary theory, I realized I was looking with preset and limited eyes to the electronic library, trying to make out on which criteria I would build my judgement in commenting on them. Time, space, perspective, plot/story, style, composition do apply on these works, but so many more things come into the field, e.g. the combination of image/sound/text; or the (in)finite ways of reading and using it.
I hoped I would quickly find the cyber orientated incorporation of my favourite literature porfessor. I felt a big relief when I started reading Katherine Hayles’ Writing Machines.

Katherine Hayles is a Professor of English at the University of California (LA). Writing Machines is a small beautiful and powerful book in which she arguments for material criticism in literary theory. After an extended description of technotexts and the electronic environment for literary artifacts, she analyses in detail 3 existing works:
– (technotext) Talan Memmott, From Lexia to Plexia
– (artist’s book) Tom Philips, A humument
– (novel) Danielewski, House of Leaves
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Public libraries

February 27th, 2007 § Comments Off on Public libraries § permalink

A future library project

When reading the exquisite book ‘Bellwether’ by Connie Willis, I realized my favourite spot in town could be run down very quickly. Sandra Foster, the main character, an academic researcher on fads and trends in society, goes daily to the public library. Apart of taking out the books she really needs, she strategically tries to ‘rescue’ the classics. Books that haven’t been taken out for six months, are taken off the shelves and sold. She keeps track of the files and takes out systematically the complete works of Dickens, of Brönte, etc.

Even the Simpsons make comments on the actual and future state of libraries:
(2004 citation):
Lisa: I have to research a paper. Where did all the books go?
Librarian: Books? Books are for squares! We’re now a multimedia learning center for children of all ages… but mostly bums. (motions to a table full of bums — and Homer — sleeping).
Bart: Aye, Carumba!
Lisa: (looking at the few materials left) “Everybody Poops: The Video”??? “Yu-Gi-Oh! Price Guides”???

Surfing on the net to have a look into the ‘electronic literature’, there is no way I can find the so called ‘first classic works’ in electronic literature (canon works extremely fast) without having to buy them (25$ each). It would be nice to know people are thinking about public libraries for virtual products, places with an organised/historical/specialized collection where you can ‘borrow’ freely 13 items for 3 weeks.

In 2006 the public libraries of the Netherlands collaborated with the Design Academy (Eindhoven) to think about libraries in 2040. They published a book (What if/Het boek, Biblion Uitgeverij, 2007) that you cannot consult on their website. You can have a look at the student’s films, of which some ideas are great. Three of the four films are based on the exciting ideas of freely ‘sharing’ content and information in ‘context’, like for example sharing, uploading and downloading books when you are on public transport.

The collaborative wikinovel

February 6th, 2007 § Comments Off on The collaborative wikinovel § permalink

Link to wiki
Read some critical comments

During five weeks all people on the globe can collaborate to the writing of a novel. The experiment – writing a novel using the wikitool – is initiated (and fully owned!) by Penguin and the students of the MA in Creative Writing and New Media of the Montfort University.

Participating into this is highly exciting. The wiki started off 5 days ago and hit more than 500 changes an hour. Hot discussions are going on about plots and characters. On the organizers’ side (an editor and a technician seem to be full time in charge of the wiki) this envolves all kind of funny problemsolving. » Read the rest of this entry «