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The Kosmopolis programme also features the participation of Robert Coover and Theodor Holm Nelson , two writers of international prestige who will analyse the state of electronic literature.


Theodor Holm Nelson
The Future of Electronic Literature

Saturday, 18 September 2004 at 5.00 p.m. Hall Proteo

‘Literature' has always been the name of the realm in which we have grouped everything that has to do with ‘documents': blocks of information that combine and present ideas; the field in which these blocks are constructed, commented on, modified, versioned and compared with one another.

Present-day electronic documents have been limited by various traditions and the hierarchical structure that is implicit in these. For Theodor Holm Nelson, creator of the Xanadu project, this situation is in need of a change. Nelson predicts a future of alternative, multi-layered documental structures, with a variable interactivity, that will alter and enrich the literary traditions.

Robert Coover
Cave Writing: New Adventures in Mot-Town

Sunday, 19 September 2004 at 12.00 a.m. Hall Proteo

Since his pioneering hyperfiction workshops at Brown University in 1990-91, Robert Coover has reflected on the fate of the word in cyberspace in a series of essays that range from ‘The End of Books' (1992) to ‘Homeward Bound: Adventures in Mot-Town' (2002). His lecture, illustrated with a variety of audio-visual materials, will mark out the principal milestones on this path and his recent experiences in virtual reality.


Participants: Robert Coover, Theodor Holm Nelson

This activity is part of Hyperiment

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