Friday Night Reading

by LZ

About the Friday night elit show… (Oh gosh! I wrote this Friday night right after the show but am just finally publishing it now — exactly 2 weeks later! Anyway, it was an AMAZING show… Read on!)  ~LZ

Friday, January 4, 2013 – What an AMAZING night of elit readings & performances!

The show Avenues of Access, curated by Drs. Dene Grigar & Kathi Inman Berens, featured a special night of electronic literature readings & performances by 12 different artists!

@dgrigar @kathiiberens Amazing curation – an excellent diversity of technology types & elit styles, a brilliant gender balance and excellent combination of established & emerging artists! I feel honored to be part of the Avenues of Access reading/performance & ongoing digital archive!

The night started out with Alan Bigelow reading a new work. My absolute favorite line: “No rum in paradise.” #loveit!

Next, Amaranth Borsuk read the incredibly impressive Between Page and Screen, an augmented reality visual poetry book (created by Amaranth Borsuk & Brad Bouse), and then Bill Bly spoke of meatAuthors, meatReaders, ghostAuthors and ghostReaders in We Descend 2.0. Caitlin Fisher’s work never ceases to amaze me – after reading about her AR sculptural work Circle online and seeing a demonstration/performance at ELO12 (where she won the Jury’s Choice award), it was amazing to be able to physically interact with the piece this afternoon and see her reading/performance tonight! Mark Marino read Living Will and then introduced us to three twitter personalities – Charles, @juanahang and the controvercial @occupymla! (Finding out that @occupymla was netprov caused quite a stir at MLA… The more I read about netprov & @markmarino’s art, the more I adore it. #impressive #smart!) Next, the whole audience read poetry aloud with Nick Montfort and Stephanie Strickland as they performed their poetry generator work, Sea and Spar Between.

I was delighted to read from Speak2MeInCode – the first public reading of this project, which was created specifically for the Avenues of Access exhibit. The undergrad docents (awesome!!!) handed out little 8.5×11” Speak2MeInCode mini posters (Thank you!!) so that audience members could scan the QR codes & read along on their own devices. (see the video – Fri night reading)

The night ended with a spirited reading/performance by four of the creators of 10 PRINT CHR$ (205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10. #playful #smart #inspiring #loveit!!!!! A brilliant finale to an inspiring event!

Overall, I absolutely loved the Friday night event. The whole event ran smoothly, the crowd was engaged & enthusiastic, and the work was diverse & inspiring! For me, one of the most impressive elements about the Avenues of Access show is the way that it exists in so many forms: in the physical Hynes 312 gallery installation, at Friday night’s performance event and as the Avenues of Access Online Archive of ‘Born Digital’ Literature (an invaluable resource – I shared the 2012 MLA archive with my students at Temple University last semester & look forward to sharing the 2013 archive this semester!).

THANK YOU Drs. Dene Grigar and Kathi Inman Berens — for putting together a truly fabulous event!

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