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marcus bastos on Fri, 2 Jun 2006 21:46:25 +0200 (CEST)

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the topic of June at the - empyre - mailing list will be Liquid
Narratives. The concept of 'liquid narrative' is interesting in that
it allows to think about the unfoldings of contemporary languages
beyond tech achievements, by relating user controlled applications
with formats such as the essay (as described by Adorno in "Der Essay
als Form", The essay as a form) and procedures related to the figure
of the narrator (as described by Benjamin in his writings about
Nikolai Leskov), among others.

How does the concept of narrative is related to comtemporary culture?
Can we really describe nowadays fragmentary and user related
procedures of organizing data as narratives? Should they be considered
liquid, since they are fluid, reshapable, pliable? How does devices
such as the GPS and mobile phones change narrative? How technologies
broadband internet and DVD allow other modes of organizing them?

To debate this topic, this month, we welcome Dene Grigar, Lúcia
Santaella, James Barret and Sérgio Basbaum. They will discuss how
their projects and ideas can be related to the notion of 'liquid
narratives', or explain how they have been thinking about connected

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Dene Grigar (http://www.nouspace.net/dene/) is an Associate Professor
of English at Texas Woman's University and specializes in new media,
interactive arts and electronic literature. Her book "New Worlds, New
Words: Exploring Pathways In and About Electronic Environments" (with
John Barber, Hampton Press, 2001) speculates about the ways in which
writing and thinking change when moved to electronic environments. She
is Associate Editor of Leonardo Reviews and International Editor for
Computers and Composition. Her second book, "Defiance and Decorum:
Women, Public Rhetoric, and Activism" (with Laura Gray and Kay
Robinson) looks at the way women have used Rhetoric to achieve social
and political goals.

James Barret (http://soulsphincter.blogspot.com/) is PhD at Umeå
University (Sweden). He works between the Department of Modern
Languages and HUMlab, an interdisciplinary digital lab and studio. He
researches narrative and textuality, focusing on stories using new
media, their interpretation by peoples and cultures.

Lucia Santaella is full professor at São Paulo Catholic University
(PUCSP), PhD in Literary Theory (1973-PUCSP) and Livre-docente in
Communication Studies (1993-ECA/USP). She is the director of CIMID,
Center of Research in Digital Media, PUCSP, and also the director of
the Center for Peircean Studies. She directed the Brazilian side of a
PROBRAL research project (Brasil-Germany/Capes-DAAD) on word and image
relations in the media, from 2000 to 2003. She was also the director
of other collective research projects: "Technical Images: from the
industrial mechanical to the electronic post industrial world",
PUC/SP-FINEP, 1989-1991; a thematic research project on "The advent of
new technologies and the new sound grammars", financed by FAPESP,
1992-1995; the collective project, "Production and diffusion of
scientific research in the digital era", financed by FAPESP,

Sergio Roclaw Basbaum (http://www.globalstrike.net) is PhD in
Communication and Semiotics and professor at São Paulo Catholic
University (PUCSP). He is author of the book "Syneathesia, art and
technology - the foundations of Chromossonics" (Annablume, 2002). His
PhD thesis, "The primacy of perception and its consequences to the
media environment" , discusses topics such as perception, art and the
relation of technology and contemporary culture. As a musician, he has
released the brazilian jazz album "Captain Nemo in the All Saint's
Forro" (1999).

Marcus Bastos
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