Electronic Literature @ Wheaton

Class Thread on Curation (Week 8)

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From Grace:
Grigar, Emerson, and Barens say in one of their statements:
 “… curating an exhibit of electronic literature work is … an “authorial” act and is invested in, as Barnaby Drabble suggests, “the development of critical meaning in partnership and discussion with artists and publics” (qtd. in Graham and Cook 10). It differs, however, from the authorialness of curating media art because critical meaning for electronic literature may involve a relationship, close or in passing, with literariness… And an assumption underlying literariness is an engagement through reading. This means when exhibiting it, we must consider the public’s expectations and assumptions about kinds of engagement when someone enters a space that purports to present literature of any kind, be it print or electronic. In this regard, when devising the exhibit, we knew we would need to create an atmosphere conducive for reading and discussing works with others.”
Before planning, we must begin to establish our goals and methods for our exhibit. With that in mind, I ask you to respond to one or more of the following questions, with the goal of clarifying what kind of experience we want our visitors to have with e-lit, and how we want to go about creating that experience.
What is the fundamental meaning or experience you feel is necessary to impart to visitors of our exhibit?
What are our audience’s “expectations and assumptions about kinds of engagement when someone enters a space that purports to present literature of any kind” How will we address or expand those expectations?
How will we approach the concept of reading as it applies in our exhibit in a practical way? (will pieces be on looping video? controlled by individual visitors? “read” in groups?)
Feel free to discuss other aspects of curation that you feel are necessary at this point of the process.
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