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Jim Andrews is a writer-programmer-artist-audio guy-mathematician. He has published vispo.com since 1995 as the center of his attempt to make something writerly that isn’t a book. It’s a mixture of multimedia, writing about new media, visual poetry, and downloadable software. He is the founder of the webartery list and currently co-moderates -empyre-. He lives and works in Victoria BC Canada where he is employed at the University of Victoria as a research programmer of artistic interactive audio works with musicians around Canada.
Simon Biggs is a visual and inter-disciplinary artist who places the computer and interactive systems at the centre of a practice addressing issues of identity and reality as social constructs. His work has been shown at a number of major venues, including (in London) the South London Gallery; The South Bank Centre; New British Library; Whitechapel Gallery; Institute of Contemporary Arts; Tate Gallery; Liverpool; Mappin Gallery, Sheffield; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Maclellan Galleries, Glasgow. His work has been seen in solo and group exhibitions, festivals, cinemas, theatres and on broadcast in several international venues. His multiple publications include CD-ROM’s Great Wall of China and Book of Shadows (both Ellipsis, London), monographs Halo (Film and Video Umbrella, London) and Magnet (McDougall Art Gallery, NZ). Biggs is currently Professor of Research at Sheffield Hallam University and Research Fellow at Cambridge University, UK.
Lluís Calvo has published eleven poetry books, including Veïnatge d’hores (1987), La llunyania (1993), L’estret de Bering (1997), Opus spicatum (2000), Omissió (2001), El buit i la medusa (2002) and La tirania del discurs (2003). He has also written three novels: Aconitum (1999), Electra i la carretera (2001) and L’expulsió del paradís (2004). Together with Pedro Valdeolmillos, he launched Epimone
Loss Pequeño Glazier is a poet, professor of Media Study, a Poetics Program Core Faculty member, and Director of the Electronic Poetry Center, the world’s most extensive Web-based digital poetry resource, Dept. of Media Study, State University of New York, Buffalo. He is the author of the poetry collection Anatman, Pumpkin Seed, Algorithm (Salt Publishing, 2003), several other books of poetry, numerous digital poetry projects, and the award-winning Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries (Univ. of Alabama Press, 2002). He is organizer and director of E-Poetry: An International Digital Poetry Festival, the first and one of the most celebrated digital poetry series in the field. His work has been shown at various museums and galleries, including the Kulturforum, Berlin, and the Guggenheim, New York, and he has lectured and performed throughout the U.S. and in London, Paris, Berlin, Norway, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, and other countries. Selected digital projects and other work are available on his EPC author page.
geniwate (a.k.a Jenny Weight) is an artist and researcher from Melbourne Australia. She has published numerous works of electronic literature since 1997. Rice co-won the trAce/alt-X International Hypertext Competition in 1999. Nepabunna was a finalist in the Electronic Literature Organization’s Electronic Poetry Award, 2001. concatenation has been shortlisted for the Mayne Award for Multimedia for Creative Writing in Interactive Media at the 2004 Adelaide Festival. geni teaches courses in networked and programmed media at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, where she is currently doing her PhD.
Alexandra Grant has lived in the Los Angeles area since 2001. Her work—including drawings, painting and sculptures—has been exhibited at the Brewery Project, SolwayJones and Cirrus Gallery. Her solo exhibition, Homecomings, at Gallery Sixteen:One in Santa Monica marks the culmination of a decade of work investigating text, identity, language and location. Grant explores ideas of translation and dis/location not only in her own multifacteted work but also in conversations with other artists and writers, such as poet Wislawa Szymborska and her current collaborator, hypertext writer Michael Joyce. Her diverse childhood and ability to speaking multiple languages has fueled Grant’s investigations of translation not only from language to language, but also from text to image, spoken language to written word, and representations from two to three dimensional objects. Some of the basic queries that fuel her work are: How do we “read” and “write” art? How can the processes of thought be rendered in space? How does language place us?
Michael Joyce is Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of several books, including the print novel Liam’s Going, Moral Tales and Meditations, Othermindedness: The Emergence of Network Culture; Of Two Minds: Hypertext Pedagogy and Poetics; and The War Outside Ireland. He has also written many hypertexts including the acclaimed Afternoon, a story and the short fiction Reach. The New York Times once called him “the granddaddy of hypertext” and Helene Cixous delicately termed him “a subliminal explorer — he sets off to explore mental regions that are generally neglected, as if they were forests or deserted islands.” Michael Joyce is at home wherever the word appears — in the essay, the short story, the novel, the poem and the electronic text. Yet the “homes” are not static but constantly mingling, lingering and shifting, theory becoming story, essay becoming poetry, ideas becoming narratives. As a writer Joyce allows the text a dimension of its own sensuality and memory and thought, allowing his words to become what they’ve always wanted to become.
Deena Larsen has been a pioneer in the electronic literature field since before the Internet. Her first work, Marble Springs, tells the deep secrets of women in a 19th century mining town through links and hidden connections. Her second work, Samplers, was listed on the NSW Board of Education, Australia, syllabus in 1999. Her third through twenty-fifth works are scattered in Webzines and Internet journals, including the Iowa Review Web, Riding the Meridian, Blue Moon Review, and Cauldron and Net. She has organized and taught electronic lit workshops, helped host ELO/trAce chats since 2000, lectured in universities, and otherwise aided and abetted other electronic lit/new media/hypertext addicts.
Christina McPhee works in transmedia landscape installations involving painting, print, net art, and sound. At naxsmash.net, a subliminal psyche sends scapes from behind the screen. Projects on electronic architecture and poetics are at christinamcphee.net. Her work has shown in live performance and installation internationally in the past three years, most recently for backup_festival’s lounge|lab, Bauhaus-University Weimar 2003 and for the Victoria Film Festival/Interactive Futures 2004. Naxsmash.net will appear this summer at Incubation 3/Trace Festival on Writing and the Internet, The Nottingham Trent University. She lives just below Big Sur with daughter, partner and cats, and has the pleasure of working with architecture students in seminars on video, urbanism and electronic culture. A new project, merz_city, is in the works.
Jason Nelson received an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green University in 2000. His new media work has been published widely and has appeared in the online venues 3rdbed, slope.org, Poems that Go, The Journal of New Media and Culture, The Blue Moon Review and Inflect. His poetry has also appeared in numerous publications. Jason Nelson is the Editor of HyperRhiz, a new media journal housed on the Rhizomes.net site; he also runs his personal site heliozoa.com
Sara Roberts received her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1988. She collaborated with media artist Lynn Hershman on the interactive installations Deep Contact and A Room of One’s Own, which were shown internationally at venues including Ars Electronica ’89, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Images du Futur in Montreal, Carpenter Center at Harvard, Montage ’93 in Rochester NY, and the International Center for Photography in New York. Among other awards Roberts received a WESTAF grant for New Genres and completed Elective Affinities, a large scale installation shown at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and Art Center in Pasadena. She was the founding Director of the Integrated Media Program at Calarts and currently teaches in the Calarts School of Music. Roberts is also the co-director of the CalArts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology.
Karolina Sobecka is a Warsaw-born, Los Angeles based film and video artist. Her recent installations engage the viewer in an interactive exploration. Her work has been screened in various experimental film and animation festivals around the world including, most recently, the Up and Coming Festival, Hanover; REDCAT ‘Round the Clock opening celebration, Los Angeles; Cityzooms Festival, Bremen, Germany; Gallery 825/LAAA, LA; Media Non Grata, Estonia Women in the Director’s Chair; and The 19th Annual International Film and Video Festival, Chicago.
Brian Kim Stefans has published several books and chapbooks of poetry, most recently Jai-lai for Autocrats (poems, Portable Press) and Fashionable Noise: On Digital Poetics (Atelos Books), containing an interview, poems and poetics. His essay on the multi-author political blog he created called Circulars is forthcoming in a book by MIT Press later this year. He maintains the digital poetics site Arras.net and Free Space Comix. More of his work is at the Iowa Review Web. Stefans lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Helen Thorington began her career as a writer and moved into the medium of sound, creating radio art from the late 70s to the late 90s. She has composed film scores including music for Optic Nerve by Barbara Hammer which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial exhibition in 1987. She is the founder and producer of both the New American Radio series that can be located at somewhere.org and the net art site turbulence.org.
Pedro Valdeolmillos has a background in computing and filmmaking, and currently owns a new media studio in his hometown of Barcelona. His interests include photography, design, writing, and watching waves on the sea. Probably that’s why he still hasn’t decided what to do when he grows up. Together with Lluís Calvo, he launched Epimone, a web site devoted to cyberpoetry including pieces by authors from all over the world.
Jody Zellen is an artist living in Los Angeles, California. She works in many media simultaneously making photographs, installations, net art, public art, as well as artists’ books that explore the subject of the urban environment. Her website Ghost City begun in 1997 is an ever changing, poetic meditation on the city. In addition to Ghost City her other web projects include Random Paths; Visual Chaos. Crowds and Power was the October 2002 portal for the Whitney Museum’s artport . Her latest project is Disembodied Voices