2014 Erasmus IP – presentation and program

The deadline to send the application form to the representative of your institution is January 20th, 2014.

This Erasmus Intensive Program dedicated to digital literature is unique in Europe. You might think that it was limited to a specialized avant-garde field and would only interest a fewenthusiasts. Far from it! Digital Literature, for sixty years now, has used and misused the computer, explored its possibilities, and questionned its everyday use. It has developed innovative approaches, and anticipated uses of the computer that are common today, highlighting both the limits and the rich potential of the digital. Creative, of course it continues to propose newpossibilities, as a way of subverting the normative practices that the industry is trying to impose. Digital literature exploits the traditional computer as well as mobiles, tablets, social networks, geolocalisation and all the environments that the digital creates. It is is forward-facing. That's why engaging with this inititiative at the intersection of technology and creativity will be of interest tomany disciplines. It will be an asset of particular benefit to tomorrow’s creative professionals, whether they are working in the humanities, in artistic or literary fields, or in computer science. This is why we wanted to make this course available to as many disciplines as possible, in an attempt to gather a group of students with complementary skills. This Erasmus Intensive Program is open to Masters and Doctoral students in, among others, literature, foreign languages, communication, computer sciences, hypermedia, media studies, cultural studies, fine arts, performance arts, creative writing, literature studies, media studies, coming from the partners Universities: the Université Paris 8, the Universidad Complutense, the University of Ljubljana , the Universidade Fernando Pessoa and University College Falmouth.

Different nationalities, different backgrounds and training, multiple levels, the conditions are right for this contact to be rewarding for everyone in a truly European context. For Europe is formedby all of us, in our diversity, walking together toward a common goal. It is this diversity that the erasmus intensive programs are designed to support over a short period. This will be a particularly valuable experience for all participants, students and teachers.

The program will be held in Madrid, at the Complutense University, from Monday June, 16th, 2014 to Friday July 4th, 2014. Students will be accommodated in rooms. Air flights (from your university to Madrid), accommodation and lunch will be covered by the program. No additional fee is required so that participation in this program does not involve special costs.

The program is open to thirty selected students with a ratio for each university. Students coming from Arts, Computing Sciences, Media Studies and Literatures at Master level will be welcome. Lessons are conducted in English by teachers of different nationalities. Not everyone will be fluent in the language of Shakespeare's but the group is here to help each student to assimilate the concepts. Courses will not consist of lectures, but of sessions based on presentations of works and exchanges. A digital platform and course materials will be provided.

The program is split into two periods. The first period will focus on the discovery of this literature, with its roots in the aesthetics of combination, visual and sound poetry and literary theories of the twentieth century. Then, the principal aspects of digital literature will be presented: hypertext, animation, performance, the role of the program, the technical apparatus, the changing modalities of reading and writing, the creation of new rhetorical forms, the relationship between digital literature and other artforms. Technical workshops will happen during this period: Flash, prezi, HTML, and different langages of programming and media management.

During the second period, students working in groups of 2 or 3 in projects will conceive of and produce creative works using digital tools and programs. This practical work will be an opportunityto take advantage of complementary skills. These workshops will be supervised by several teachers, and a wide variety of tools will be made available, some requiring no computing skills.

The assessment will be carried out in relatioship with the project: a critical reflection and analysis document and  an oral presentation of creative work.This program carries ECTS credits delivered in each University.

Social evenings and cultural visits will complete the course in order to make these three weeks a time of new friendships and connections.

Applications must be sent by email to the representatives at every institution before January 20: a short resume, a cover letter in support of your application, a feed back sheet and this form (link soon) to fill.


date program
June 16 arrival
19h : apéritif and welcomme
17 9 - 10h45 : presentation of the IP
11h15 - 13h : technical basis of digital literature and hypertext, theory,  Philippe Bootz
14h30 - 16h15 : avant-gardes in poetry (concrete, visual, sound, combinatory), Rui Torres
16h45 - 18h30 : workshop HTML, Odile Farge
19h30 - 21h : literary screenings and performances
18 9 - 10h45 :  history of digital literature, Philippe Bootz
11h15 - 13h : performances in digital literature, Jerome Fletcher
14h30 - 16h15 : workshop text animation, Philippe Bootz
16h45 - 18h30 : workshop text animation, Philippe Bootz
19 9 - 10h45 : digital literature and the social, Janez Strehovec
11h15 - 13h : digital reading, Maria Goicoechea
14h30 - 16h15 : workshop Flash, Odile Farge
16h45 - 18h30 : workshop Flash, Odile Farge
20 9 - 10h45 : installations of digital literature, Jerome Fletcher
11h15 - 13h : generation of text, Rui Torres
14h30 - 16h15 : worshop wordpress, Odile Farge
16h45 - 18h30 : worshop wordpress, Odile Farge
Saturday 21 Week –end : cultural program:
Sunday 22 collections of the museo Reina Sofia
23 9 - 10h45 : Digital literature in Literary theory, Alexandra Saemmer
11h15 - 13h : animated poetry, Philippe Bootz
14h30 - 16h15 : workshop prezi, Alexandra Saemmer
16h45 - 18h30 : workshop prezi, Alexandra Saemmer
24 9 - 10h45 : aesthetics of the code, Philippe Bootz
11h15 - 13h : semiotics and rhetorics in digital literature, Alexandra Saemmer
14h30 - 16h15 : workshop media management (sound, video) / processing, Philippe Bootz
16h45 - 18h30 : workshop media management (sound, video) / processing, Philippe Bootz
25 9 - 10h45 : hypertext of fiction, Arnaud Regnauld
11h15 - 13h : forming the project teams - project proposal
14h30 - 18h30 : forming the project teams - project proposal
26 9 - 13 : project
14h30 - 18h30 : project
27 9 - 13 : project
14h30 - 18h30 : project
Saturday 28 visit of the escorial
Sunday 29
30 document of analysing and conception - workshop on the project
Jully 1 project
2 9h - 13h : preparation of presentations of projects
14h30 - 18h30 : presentation of the projects
3 9 - 13h : presentation of the projects
14h30 - 15h30 : jury
15h30 - 18h : discussion and evaluation of the IP
4 attestations and departure

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