Curating Electronic Literature (27 November 2014) is a workshop included in the 'Post Screen Festival - International Festival of Art, New Media and Cybercultures' (Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, 28 and 29 November 2014).

Introduction >

How does one go about curating an exhibit or creating an archive of electronic literature?

A hands-on workshop in conceptualizing, selecting, and organizing an exhibit and archive of electronic literature; an introduction to theories of curation involving spatial, audience, aesthetic, and art-object considerations; a discussion of resources and strategies for mounting an exhibit or developing a sustainable archive; a discussion of collateral materials for exhibits like websites, catalogs, signage, handouts, and announcement cards.

Objectives >

Introduce the concept of curating to those interested in mounting their own exhibits;
Develop an understanding of the unique features of electronic literature and better practices for curating this kind of media art;
Provide in-depth information about creating a curatorial plan; budget; archival site; print-materials and other materials; and work plan.

Evaluation >

We are conducting a critique at the end of the workshop, which will serve as an evaluation of participants' work. We are happy to create a survey following our workshop to learn if it was a helpful activity for participants.

Readings >

Material required to students >

Students must bring their own laptop. Software: image and word processors (like PhotoShop, MS Word, Apple Pages, or similars) for creating their own curatorial plans.  

Syllabus >

10:00 > 10:45 - Slide Show: What is curating?
10:45 > 12:00 - Exploration of exhibits, anthologies, collections
12:00 > 13:00 - Lunch Break
13:00 > 17:00 - What is unique about curating electronic literature? Development of an exhibit (aimed to be prepared as an online archive following the course).

Leader: Dene Grigar (Washington State University, Vancouver, USA)

CoLeaders: Manuel Portela (University of Coimbra) and Rui Torres (University Fernando Pessoa)

Target students >

This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in undertaking curatorial work focused on electronic literature; little technical knowledge is necessary.

Language > English

Location > Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa | Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas-Artes | 1249-058 Lisboa | Portugal

Duration > 7 hours

Schedule > November 27th (Thursday) 10:00-17:00.

Minimum/Maximum Number of Students Required >16-24 students

Classroom > [to be confirmed]

Tuition Fees > 35€

At the end of the workshop participants are entitled to: Certificate of participation; Presentation of the works at the closing party of the festival.

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