Resource

The Book of Disquiet Archive as a Collaborative Textual Environment

Manuel Portela

From Digital Archive to Digital Simulator This article presents the Book of Disquiet Digital Archive (LdoD Archive, https://ldod.uc.pt/), a free online resource to be published in 2017. It begins with a brief introduction to the textual history of this work by the Portuguese modernist writer Fernando Pessoa and then focuses on the dynamic functionalities of… Read more »

Response to our Call for Digital Utopias: The Hide

Rob Sherman

Rob Sherman responded to our Call for Digital Utopias pieces with ‘The Hide’ . We’re thrilled to publish this short fiction, a creative practice response which has arisen out of Rob’s on-going academic research into robots and Artificial Intelligence.  This piece is a distillation of some fascinating research into affective robotics and human-robot-interaction; research that has… Read more »

Forgetful Typewriter Project – Emergent Technology and the Future of Literature

PETER AIELLO

Many writers have explored the use of new forms of software to supplement their writing practice, such as the use of a preferred interface to increase focus, or an application that boosts productivity. Equally notable are the advancements and innovations taking place in emergent technology such as: VR, AI, facial recognition, algorithms, and creative code,… Read more »

Research

Between Fjords And Power Cords: The Fulbright Adventures Of Writing Digital in Norway

Jason Nelson

Syringes And Walls And Foundations It’s December, midway through my Fulbright year in Bergen, Norway. My wife, digital artist Alinta Krauth and I live on the third floor of a mansion. It’s a stately building landed on a high hump between mountains and waterways and owned by the University of Bergen.  The building is, like… Read more »

The Audience Enwrapped: Prototyping 360 Video as an Immersive Story Form

James Dillon

The virtual reality (VR) showcase held behind the festival main stage felt like a scene from William Gibson’s prophetic novel Neuromancer. In the dimly lit digital den filled with trendy twenty-somethings, attendees waited in line to hack their minds with headgear displaying digital fantasies. This scene is becoming increasingly more frequent around the world, whether at… Read more »

Experience

Thoughts on the weaponisation of failure

Tom Abba

All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. This is the phrase. Adopted as a pep-talk by silicon valley Imagineers and tech startups, by creative writing students and university lecturers. It doesn’t mean what you think it does. It isn’t a hopeful phrase, isn’t an entreaty to… Read more »

This Digital Life: Mums, Dogs, and Inmates (3 of 3)

Matt Finch

This is the final installment of a three-part series on the work of the University of Southern Queensland’s Digital Life Lab. Part 1 & Part 2 “Not my world. Not my accent. Not my story.” We could be talking about marginalised communities working with visiting artists, or institutions trying to address social exclusion. We could… Read more »