E-Poetry: The Past, Present and Future of Electronic Poetry is an electronic literature
reading/performance and exhibit that will feature the work of a number of prominent poets working in the field of electronic literature.

May 26, 2012 – Exhibit opens at 7pm, reading at 8pm.

Counterpath Gallery + Performance Space
613 22nd Street, Denver CO 80205

 

   WHAT IS THIS EVENT?

Our event will consist of two parts: an exhibit and a reading/performance.

The exhibit will include a number of computers (from early home computers to iPads) on which electronic poetry will be displayed. The audience will have the opportunity to interact with the poetry on the devices and explore the various interfaces. The exhibit will also include some e-poetry installations, text-based print art that is influenced by the digital, and video poetry.

The reading/performance will be a reinterpretation of the traditional poetry reading. Poets will present/perform their work live for the audience. Local and visiting poets will present their work in person, while notable poets who cannot attend will present their work via video conferencing platforms. The performances can include anything from reading a text, to demonstrating an interactive piece of web-art/poetry, to live performance of text-based work.

   WHAT IS E-POETRY?

E-Poetry, as defined by the Electronic Literature Organization, “refers to works with important literary aspects that take advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the stand-alone or networked computer” (eliterature.org). This poetry includes hypertext based poetry, kinetic poetry, computer installations, interactive poetry, poetry whose text has been generated by computers, etc.

 

   WHO’S RUNNING THIS THING?

Artist/poets Aaron Angello and Erin Costello are the curators and organizers of the event.

A note from Aaron on the goals of this event:

Although digital literature has been produced in some form since the 1950’s, whenever I mention my interest in it – even to people in the English Department – I am often asked, “What is e-lit?” As we increasingly shift our reading from print to digital devices, an understanding of the implications of that shift is crucial. Electronic literature is here, and it is going to increasingly be a part of our literary lives.

Interdisciplinarity seems to be the future of both academic and creative work. The individual genius (thank god) is no longer relevant. This event can help to point that out and encourage discussion about e-literature in the academic, poetry, art and business communities. It will encourage attendees to ask questions such as “What is the relationship of electronic poetry to print poetry?”, “What is the future of the printed book?”, “How might poetry look in the future?”, and “What is the relationship of electronic poetry to the human body?”

THANKS TO:

 

Need more information? Want your work to be included in the show?

If you’d like to submit work, please do so no later than April 20th, 2012.

Contact us via SpringGun Press or email Aaron Angello at: aaron (dot) angello (at) colorado (dot) edu

 

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