The Writer is an artist.
Here’s another thought on artists and designers and their role in digital publishing.
In her book Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet, Christine L. Borgman breaks down the roles and functions of an author into four categories: Writers; Citers or Linkers; Submitters; and Collaborators.
But in digital publishing, the role of the design—especially in its use of technology and its interweaving of multiple modes—is key, critical. I was re-reading sections of Borgman’s book during the storm and while responding to emails, and, I thought, where’s the artist?
How do we distinguish from artist and writer? When and why did these terms become so separate from one another? In the world of digital publishing, writers and scholars need a new, special awareness of design. (I keep returning to one of my earlier posts, “Where is the author?”)
While I was getting over the last hurdle of Hurricane Sandy in the Mid-Atlantic, on October 30, the University of Bergen in Norway hosted a workshop entitled “Curating and Exhibiting Electronic Literature” meant to investigate various models electronic literature are exhibiting in art venues (such as galleries and museums) and how such materials are read within these environments.
The workshop served as another step in preparing for the 2015 Electronic Literature Organization’s (ELO) conference that will also be hosted in Bergen. ELO continues to be the group to follow for those interested in the evolution of literature within the digital age. For those perhaps unfamiliar with the group, among the number of projects worth exploring is the Electronic Literature Directory, a wide-ranging database collecting electronic works including hypertexts, multimedia productions, and visual and animated poetry.
Notes on the workshop’s proceedings are available at jill/txt, the blog of Jill Walker Rettberg, professor of digital culture at the University of Bergen.