[-empyre-] introducing Greg Ulmer and Marco Deseriis

Anna Munster a.munster at unsw.edu.au
Mon Oct 26 19:48:18 EST 2009

We are moving into the final phase of this month's discussion, which has used the new publication Networked (http://networkedbook.org/). The book began by commissioning 5 authors to write chapters on the relations between networked writing, art and culture. 

Two more authors have since come on board:  Greg Ulmer and Marco Deseriis. I'll introduce them below. 

I also wanted to mention that two Australian colleagues of mine with an interest in new media and writing - Anna Gibbs and Maria Angel - will also be entering the discussion mid-week.  I thought it might be interesting to ask for their persepctives on the themes and discussion as 'other' voices.

Let's start with a question for Greg: in your chapter (and elsewhere) you introduce the term 'electracy'. Why do we need a new term such as when thinking about writing and aesthetics in/online? I'm also wondering why, if we need such a new term, we also need (as you outline in your pedagogical approach to 'e-li') to use print literature as a reference point for new media/networked literature?

Gregory L. Ulmer is Professor of English and Media Studies at the University of Florida, where he teaches courses in Hypermedia, E-Lit, and Heuretics. He is Joseph Bueys Chair in the European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland; and coordinator of the Florida Research Ensemble, a creative arts research group first formed in the late 1980s. Ulmer’s books include: a grammatology trilogy — Applied Grammatology, 1985; Teletheory, 1989; Heuretics, 1994; and a second trilogy on the virtual consultancy known as the EmerAgency which applies grammatology and heuretics to the invention of electracy.

Marco Deseriis a.k.a. Snafu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. He has a background in journalism and has co-authored, along with Giuseppe Marano, Net.Art: L’arte della Connessione [Net.Art: The Art of Connecting] (Shake, 2003-2008), the first Italian book on net.art, which explores the link between the heritage of the avant-gardes and technological innovation. From 2000 through 2002 he has been involved with the organization of the net art festival Digital-Is-Not-Analog and, since 2004, has been advising the festival of “culture jamming and radical entertainment” The Influencers, hosted by the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), Spain. 

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