Current Events

A Matter of Bits Opening Reception and Curators’ Talk

Thursday January 21, 5 – 8 pm
Curators’ Talk 6 pm
Join curators James Brown and Robert Emmons for an opening reception and get a first look at the Matter of Bits exhibition.

Vinicius Marquet’s Tell Me a Secret Workshop

January 21, 12pm-2pm
Digital Studies Center ModLab (Fine Arts 217)
Vinicius Marquet, author of Anacrón: hipótesis de un producto todo on display in the Stedman Gallery, will visit Rutgers-Camden to lead a workshop called Tell me a Secret. The workshop is an experience-sharing project between communities. Participants will graphically depict secrets shared by people in the Netherlands. At the end of the workshop, participants will be invited to anonymously share their own secrets in order to feed future versions of the project.

A Matter of Bits Teacher Open House and Workshop

February 11, 4- 6 pm
Stedman Gallery
The Teacher Open House will include an interactive museum tour and a hands-on workshop for local and regional teachers. Explore the exhibition, learn more about electronic literature, discuss topics with colleagues, and schedule your class for the RCCA Museum Education program during the run of the exhibition, A Matter of Bits. Light refreshments will be served.

Made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusion or recommendation expressed in the series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Launch of Electronic Literature Collection

February 18, 5 – 8 pm
Stedman Gallery
Join us for the official launch of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3. Published by the Electronic Literature Organization, this collection gathers together historical and contemporary works of electronic literature from around the world. A Matter of Bits will feature a number of works from this brand new collection, works that push us to consider how electronic literature helps us think differently about literature in the digital world.

Lecture/Demonstration: Rise of the Twitter Bots

March 2, 12 – 2 pm
Stedman Gallery
Computer programmer/artist Allison Parrish demonstrates Twitter bots, pieces of software that generate text in the form of 140-characters, and which draw on a long literary tradition of conceptual and procedural writing. In recent years, the social networking platform Twitter has become a space for programmers and writers to experiment with making bots; attendees will learn the basics of creating a Twitter bot.

Made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusion or recommendation expressed in the series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Kids E-lit

March 3, 10 am
Call (856) 225-6202 to register
Stedman Gallery
Area families will learn how they can explore and collaborate on works of electronic literature in this lecture demonstration workshop, led by electronic literature author/critic, Mark Marino. The workshop will introduce families to free and user-friendly tools such as Twine and Undum and will allow deeper interaction with the literature through discussion of interactive children’s stories.

Made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusion or recommendation expressed in the series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Samantha Gorman and Danny Cannizzaro present PRY

March 11, 3:30 pm
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room
Creators of the award-winning novella PRY (available in the Apple App Store) will visit campus to read from and discuss their work. PRY is on display in the Stedman Gallery as part of the Matter of Bits exhibition. Gorman and Cannizzaro’s lecture will be the keynote for the Rutgers-Camden English Graduate Student Association’s conference “Beyond Boundaries: New Spaces for Constructing, Creating, and Composing.”

Poetry in (Digital) Translation

March 22, 5 – 6:30 pm
Reception immediately following
Stedman Gallery
The translation of any literary work is a complex process, but translating a work that involves computers adds a layer of complexity. Attendees will translate print-based works into works of electronic literature. The workshop, led by Nick Monfort, will address the technical details of translating a print work into an electronic one, and will also ask participants to consider how the content of a work might shift as it moves from one medium to another.

Reading and Lecture by Jason Lewis

April 6, 7 pm
Stedman Gallery
Jason Lewis is author and creator of a project called Poetry for Excitable Mobile Media (PoEMM), a series of poems that is created for Apple’s iOS platform. Readers can interact and touch poems, and Lewis will both read from this work as well as describe his creative process. This event is co-sponsored by the Digital Studies Center, and the Creative Writing Program.

Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE) Symposium

April 21, 4:30 pm
Stedman Gallery
The Rutgers-Camden Archive of Digital Ephemera (R-CADE) is a collection of hardware and software made available to scholars for research purposes, and each year the Digital Studies Center hosts an R-CADE Symposium. The 2016 Symposium R-CADE Symposium will focus on John McDaid’s Uncle Buddy’s Phantom Funhouse, a work of electronic literature published in 1992. Four scholars and artists will meet to study, remix, take apart, or repurpose McDaid’s seminal work of electronic literature. The symposium participants are Robert Emmons (Rutgers-Camden), Steph Ceraso (University of Maryland-Baltimore County), Stuart Moulthrop (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Darius Kazemi (Feel Train Cooperative), and John Mcdaid, the author of Funhouse.