[NetBehaviour] Electronic Literature Organization ELO 2013 Paris: Call for Artistic Proposals

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Electronic Literature Organization ELO 2013 Paris: Call for Artistic 
Proposals – deadline 18 February 2013

Chercher le texte: call for expressions of artistic interest

Event website: http://www.chercherletexte.org
he “chercher le texte” event deals with literary issues and 
text-oriented multimedia practices on digital devices: digital books, 
texts generated or animated through programming, fiction hypertexts, 
“manipulable”, playable works, or on the contrary works whose very 
program embraces literariness. The considered devices range from 
computers to mobile devices, including social networks. They can be used 
in various contexts: installations, performances, personal devices 
designed for digital reading. These contexts range from solo reading to 
collaborative or participative reading.

This event will represent an opportunity to showcase young artists and 
bring together two worlds, which otherwise barely come into contact with 
one another: that of the experimental digital literature forms deriving 
from the second half of the 20th century avant-garde movements and that 
of the digital writings, as used by authors coming from the book world 
and who have taken over the digital technologies, namely blogs and e-books.

In this context, the Musique et Informatique de Marseille (MIM) 
laboratory associates with team Écritures Numériques from Paris 8 
Paragraphe laboratory, the digital literature European network Digital 
Digital Digital Littérature (DDDL), the Electronic Literature 
Organization (ELO), the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information (BPI), the 
Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF), the Cube, the Labex Art-H2H 
coordinated by Paris 8 and the École nationale supérieure des Arts 
Décoratifs (EnsAD) to organize the following events:
- An online virtual gallery on the DDDL network website.

- Four events consisting of performances and projections of works, from 
September 23 to 26, 2013, in the small room of the Centre Pompidou, the 
big auditorium of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Cube 

- A six-week exhibition on “digital literatures from the past and 
future” in the BNF lab room of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 
which will be launched on September 24, 2013. This exhibition will 
feature the virtual gallery and a selection of digital literary works 
with emphasis on the works designed for touch-pads and e-readers. No 
installation is possible.

Artists, especially young ones, are invited to propose one or several 
work(s) for one or more of these devices.

Please send your proposals to work at chercherletexte.org before February 
18. If you wish to propose several works, please do it in a single 
document and make sure you detail the nature of each proposal on at 
least one distinct page (gallery, performance, exhibition). Please write 
it in English or French in pdf format and include a short biography 
stating the age of the artist and the following information about each 

o The proposals for the online virtual gallery shall indicate the URL at 
which the work is available for consultation or download, as well as a 
short description of the work. You may also explain your approach. The 
works you would like to propose to the gallery must not be published 
anywhere else, be it in an online magazine or an anthology. However, 
they may be published on a personal website.

o The proposals for tablets shall specify the piece of equipment they 
are designed for (either ipad or android tablets) and the ones for 
e-books shall indicate the format of the work (epub, pdf). The proposal 
shall mention the URL at which the work is available for consultation or 

o Performances and readings are neither critical analyses, nor academic 
presentations. The works will be screened, performed or read. The 
performance or reading proposals shall specify the implemented device 
(e.g.: multimedia screening or mouse interaction on the screened text…), 
the technical requirements and duration of the performance (which shall 
not exceed 15 minutes). Any specific equipment shall be provided by the 
artists. You shall mention the URL at which the work is available for 
consultation or download. If your work is a performance, please describe 
it to us so that we get a good idea of what it will look like. Feel free 
to provide us with visual and/or sound samples. We are committed to 
raise funds to pay the selected artists for their performances and readings.

The artistic committee consists of:
Philippe Bootz (Chair)
Sandy Baldwin
Simon Biggs
Laura Borràs
J.R. Carpenter
Philippe Castellin
Luc Dall’armelina
Lucile Haute
Emmanuel Mahé
Maria Mencia
Alexandra Saemmer
Rui Torres
Nolwenn Tréhondart

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