<<Chercher l’exhibition>> Curating Electronic Literature as Critical and Scholarly Practice

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Beginning with the Visionary Landscapes Media Art Show held in conjunction with the ELO’s 2008 conference, I have, for the past five years, been on a mission to promote electronic literature through curated exhibits.  I actually curated my first art exhibit in April 2005––a media art show at a venue called Project X located in Dallas, TX.  Since that time I have curated for galleries, libraries, art centers, and academic settings a total of 15 exhibits, 12 in which focused on works of electronic literature.  My aim has been to raise awareness of electronic literature within academe––that is, classroom teaching, scholarship and creative activity––and beyond to the public sphere.  In my work, there have been two overarching questions I have sought to answer.  The first is “in this age of ubiquitous computing where net-based electronic literature is available on the web and, so, anytime––and now with wireless technology, anywhere––how can a curator make exhibits mounted in brick and mortar exhibit space vital?” The second is, “in light of rapidly changing technology where platforms and programs are rendered obsolete within mere years, what is the best way for a curator to present electronic literary works produced on systems that have been rendered obsolete?”  The former question suggests, what I call, a “challenge of availability;” the second, the “challenge of presentation.” My presentation provides an overview of a select number of exhibits I have curated and provisionary answers to these two questions. 

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2013