Krakow at Electronic Literature Conference in Bergen

On August 5 in Bergen, the Electronic Literature Organisation 2015: The End(s) of Electronic Literature conference will take place. This is the most important conference in this area of digital literature. Along with the Ha!art team, Polish artists and researchers will prepare a common attack under the slogan “POLISH IMPACT.” Katarzyna Bazarnik, Zenon Fajfer, Jakub Jagiełło, Aleksandra Małecka, Piotr Marecki, Anna Nacher, Martyna Nowicka, Mariusz Pisarski and Kaja Puto will prezent Polish digital literature and related phenomena, including: liberature, the Polish demoscene (the HooyProgram group), collaborative novels, improvised games (KELET), automatic translations and more. Below are a couple useful links for those interested:

More information on the event’s website: conference.eliterature.org
The conference’s full programme: elo2015.sched.org
Catalogue of events: ha.art.pl/ebooki/ELO_2015_conference_program_and_festival_catalog.pdf

About the Polish Impact project:

Polish Impact tells of Polish experiments, but the brochure itself is not experimental. What’s more, it’s a piece of cake, to use a cliché. Our purpose was to present the greatness of Polish experimental literature in such a way that the average Bulgarian, American, Peruvian or Czech would understand the message. Thus we presented our story in the form of a square children’s book (IN ENGLISH!). Katarzyna Janota’s illustrations play the same essential role as Katarzyna Bazarnik, Mariusz Pisarski and Monika Górska Olesińska’s teksty oprowadzające. On the cover, the reader will see the figure of the great King Ubu (the founding protagonist of all literary experiments taking place in Poland). We decided upon the narrative that this is the ruler of the existing or non-existing Empire of Experimental Poland. The greatness of this empire in part results from the fact that everything started there. We place the evidence on the table. In the brochure, we ignore the existing Centre/Peripheries divide. We present our narrative in such a way as if nothing had happened between us.

A free PDF of the Polish Impact brochure: ha.art.pl/e-booki/Polish_Impact.pdf

Accompanying events:

P2P Exhibit: A Comparative Exhibit of Experiemental Polish and Portuguese Literature in Print and the Digital Era (curators: Piotr Marecki, Álvaro Seiça and Rui Torres) was organised as part of The End(s) of Electronic Literature Decentring Festival in Norway (July 4-8, 2015). The exhibit includes works from outside the Western mainstream. During the event, works from Portugal and Poland, Europe’s western and eastern continental margins.


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