digital arts & culture 1998


This is the program for Digital Arts and Culture 98. All presentations will take place in the Law Building at the University of Bergen, in Auditorium 1. The address is Dragefjellet, Magnus Lagabøters plass 1. Each session will last for one hour, including ample time for discussion. The paper presentations will be open to the public. Other activities, such as the reception and reading on Thursday evening, lunches each day and the dinner on Friday, are only open to participants who registered before the 1
st of November.

Some of the abstracts and papers have been updated since the conference.


Thursday 26th of November, 1998

11:00-12:00 Welcome
by Espen Aarseth, Conference Chair
Session chair Espen Aarseth
12:00-13:00 Francisco J. Ricardo, Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA:
Field Notes From The Secret War Between Value and Meaning in Digital Culture
13:00-14:00 Lunch in the Law Building cafeteria.
Session Chair 14:00-17:30 Jan Rune Holmevik
14:00-15:00 Susan Warshauer, West Virginia University, USA:
Multi-User Environment Studies: Defining a Field of Study and Four Approaches to the Design of Multi-User Environments
15:00-15:15 Break
15:15-16:15 Janez Strehovec, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia:
Text as Virtual Reality (Techno-Aesthetics and Web-Literatures)
16:15-16:30 Break
16:30-18.00 Gonzalo Frasca, Jacaranda Multimedia, Uruguay:
DON'T PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM: One-session and serial games of narration

Andy Best and Merja Puustinen, Meetfactory Oy, Finland:
Conversation with Angels - defining a new narrative

Raine Koskimaa, University of Jyväskylä, Finland:
Hypertext Fiction in the Twilight Zone

20:00-late Reception at Villaveien 9.
There'll be food and drinks, and we'll be treated to a reading.

Friday 27th of November, 1998

Session Chair 10:00-12:30 Jan Rune Holmevik
10:00-11:00 Lars Qvortrup, University of Aalborg, Denmark
The Aesthetics of Interference: From Anthropocentric to Polycentric Self-Observation and the Role of Digital Media
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Anita Hammer, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskaplige universitet, Norway:
Role and Theatricality in Virtual Worlds: Extending the theatrical, and investigating thresholds of mythic identity.

Terry Harpold:
Before the Subject: Some Remarks on the Ethic of New Media

12:30-13:30 Lunch in the Law Building cafeteria.
Session Chair 13:30-17:15 Torill Mortensen
13:30-14:30 Loss Pequeño Glazier, Electronic Poetry Center, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA:
With Code in Hand: an Inventory & Prospectus for E-Poetics
14:30-14:45 Break
14:45-15:45 John Cayley, UK:
Performances Of Writing In The Age Of Digital Transliteration
15:45-16:15 Break
16:15-17:15 Jesper Juul, University of Copenhagen, Denmark:
A clash between game and narrative: Interactive fiction

Marie-Louise Rinman, Stockholm University, Sweden:
Digital Art and Culture

18.30-00.00 Dinner at Gamle Bergen Tracteursted. A bus will leave from Muséplassen (see the map) at 18.30, and after a look around the museum, dinner will be served around 19.30. A bus will return to the town centre at midnight.

Saturday 28th of November, 1998

Session Chair 10:00-12:30 Bjørn Sørenssen
10:00-11:00 Eduardo Kac, USA
Art at the Biological Frontier
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Martin E. Rosenberg, Kettering University, USA:
Chess Rhizome: Mapping metaphor theory onto hypertext theory
12:30-13:30 Lunch in the Law Building cafeteria.
Session Chair 13:30-14:30 Jan Rune Holmevik
13:30-14:30 Short papers:

Martin Engebretsen, Høgskolen i Agder, Norway:
Hypertext-news and the problem of objectivity

Markku Eskelinen, independent artist, Finland:
Omission impossible: the ergodics of time

Aki Järvinen, University of Tampere, Finland:
Stories Powered by Cogwheels and Computers

Jørgen Kirksæther, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskaplige universitet, Norway:
The Structure of Video Game Narration

14:30-14:45 Break
Session Chair 14:45-17:15 Espen Aarseth
14:45-15:45 Adrian Miles, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia:
Cinematic paradigms for hypertext

George Maevski and Leonid Borodkin, Moscow State University, Russia:
Russian Art of the 20th century in Electronic Media

15:45-16:15 Break
16:15-17:45 Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, University of Virginia, USA:
A White Paper of Information
17:15-17:30 Break
17:30 Closure
by Espen Aarseth, Conference Chair.







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