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C olloquia events in the Transcriptions Project are small, intimate forums in which a visiting speaker talks with project faculty and students. Colloquia are usually held in the Transcriptions Studio, though sometimes speakers visit a class in the project's Literature & Culture of Information undergraduate specialization. The emphasis in colloquia is on searching, extended discussion of issues raised by a short presentation or pre-circulated paper.

Transcriptions Colloquia

See also Calendar of Events.

2002-2003 Colloquia

Spring 2003

Geert Lovink, Independent Media Theorist and Net Critic

Lovink is an internationally known independent media theorist and Net critic, the founder of the influential Nettime mailing lists (scene of some of the most vital discussions of Internet culture among leading social, artistic, and cultural critics from around the world), a member of of the "alternative media" or "anti-media" group Adilkno (Amsterdam Foundation for the Advancement of Illegal Knowledge), and a cofounder of the online community server Digital City. Recently, he published two books in the MIT New Media series entitled Dark Fiber: Tracking Critical Internet Culture and Uncanny Networks: Dialogues with the Virtual Intelligentsia. (For a fuller online bio, see

Lecture by Geert Lovink, "The Rise and Fall of the Dot.coms"
Monday, April 14, 3:30PM, South Hall 2635

Colloquium with Lovink discussing his recent work
Friday, April 18 3:30PM - 5:00PM South Hall 2509

Winter 2003

Scanner, Sound and Digital Artist

The UCSB Art Studio Department and the English Department's Transcriptions Project are co-sponsoring two events on March 12, 2003, featuring Scanner, an innovative sound and digital artist. Scanner's diverse body of work includes soundtracks for films, performances, radio, and site-specific intermedia installations. He has performed in and created works for many art spaces, including San Francisco MOMA (USA), Hayward Gallery (London), Pompidou Centre (Paris), Tate Modern (London) and the Modern Museum (Stockholm). His early work used "found" (scanned) cell phone conversations as the raw material for his aural collages. His recent compositions incorporate the hidden noises of the modern metropolis. For more information see: <> and <>.

Colloquium with Scanner
Mar. 12, 2003 (3:00-4:15 pm ), Art Studio 2220 (e-studio room)

For this event, Scanner will speak with the English Department's LCI students as well as with Art Studio students. The event is co-hosted by Professors Marko Peljhan of Art Studio and Rita Raley of English.

Lecture by Scanner
Mar. 12, 2003 (5:00-6:30 pm), Isla Vista Theater 1 (see location #5 on map)

Scanner will present a lecture at 5 pm in Isla Vista Theater I as part of the UCSB Art Studio Department and College of Creative Studies Annual Symposium series.

Fall 2002

December 5, 2002 (2:00-3:15 pm), South Hall 1415: Special "Virtual" Visitor in Prof. Rita Raley's English 165LT, "Hypertext Fiction and Digital Poetries"

Talan Memmott (Brown U.), hypermedia artist/author

Online netmeeting with Talan Memmott is a hypermedia artist/writer from San Francisco, California. He is the Creative Director and Editor of the online hypermedia literary journal BeeHive as well as BeeHive's new ebook project - Microtitles. His own hypermedia work has appeared widely on the Internet. In 2001 he was awarded the trAce/Alt-X New Media Writing Award for his work "Lexia to Perplexia," which also received honorable mention for the Electronic Literature Organization's award in fiction. He is a tutor for the trAce Online Writing School, and has been a speaker, panelist, reader and performer at various conferences and universities. (See his homepage) Memmott will speak to the class live via a web camera.

BeeHive Hypertext Hypermedia Literary Journal

Oct. 31, 2002 (2:00-3:15 pm), South Hall 1415: Special "Virtual" Visitor in Prof. Rita Raley's English 165LT, "Hypertext Fiction and Digital Poetries"

Jeff Parker, hypertext author, theorist, critic

Online "chat" visit with Jeff Parker, the author of such works of electronic creative writing as "A Long Wide Smile" (2000) and "S/he it" (1999). Parker has also written such essays about hypertext and new media as "A Poetics of the Link" (2001). See his homepage.

David Carson, Graphic Designer, David Carson Design, Inc.

The UCSB Art Studio Department and the English Department's Transcriptions Project are co-sponsoring two events on October 30th featuring David Carson, one of the most influential of contemporary graphic designers. After starting out as a professional surfer and high-school sociology teacher, Carson created experimental graphics, layouts, and typography for such youth, music, or alternative culture magazines in the 1980s-90s as Transworld Skateboarding, Beach Culture, and, most famously, Raygun. His exploration of allegedly "illegible" or "non-communicational" design styles (showcased in his 1995 The End of Print) has had a major impact on such mainstream magazines as Wired and on recent advertising styles in a variety of media. Carson has recently created experimental and commercial work for video, film, and the Web. His work for print media is also cited by Curt Cloninger, author of Fresh Styles for Web Designers (Eye Candy From the Underground) as one of the formative influences on advanced Web design. (See Carson's innovative Website for more information:

Discussion and Interview with David Carson
Oct. 30, 2002 (3:00-4:15 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509 (see map)

For this Transcriptions colloquium, Carson will be publically interviewed by Luke Matjas of Art Studio and College of Creative Studies and Alan Liu of the Transcriptions Project. Carson's work is regularly taught in Transcriptions/LCI courses, including English 197, "Literature & Graphic Design, 1900-2000."

Lecture by David Carson
Oct. 30, 2002 (5:00-6:30 pm), Isla Vista Theater 1 (see location #5 on map)

Carson will present a lecture at 5 pm in the Isla Vista Theaters (theater 1) as part of the UCSB Art Studio Department and College of Creative Studies Annual Symposium series.

Oct. 17 , 2001 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509

Sue Thomas, Artistic Director of trAce Online Writing Centre; Principal Lecturer, Dept. of English & Media Studies, Nottingham Trent U., UK

"Imagination and Reality: Print-Based Writers Working on the Web"

Sue Thomas is Artistic Director of the traCe Online Writing Centre in England, an organization that promotes and facilitates creativing writing by using the Internet to connect writers and readers around the world, to provide consultancy and instruction in creative writing, and also to encourage the active use of digital media in creative writing. Recently, trAce organized its second International Conference on Writing and the Internet (2002). Thomas recently completed The Virtualist /or/ Poetics of the Network. Her published books include Water (Overlook Press, 1994), Creative Writing: A Handbook For Workshop Leaders (U. Nottingham Press, 1995), Correspondence (The Women's Press, 1992). See her info page.

In this colloquium, Thomas will talk about the trAce "Mapping the Transition" project as well as her 1992 novel Correspondence (which examined pre-Web human/machine relationships) and her recentThe Virtualist (a nonfiction exploration of the relationship between physical and virtual landscapes that she calls a "Walden of Cyberspace").

Thomas suggests a perusal of the following sites as well as the trAce home page:

2001-2002 Colloquia

Spring 2002

June 12, 2002 (2:00-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509

Presentations by LCI Student Research Teams (Jeff Kent, Patrick Mirjahangir, Eric Overholt, Andi Rosenberger

In 2001-2002, Transcription's Literature & Culture of Information (LCI) Specialization organized two experimental undergraduate research teams (one in winter, another in spring) to give students exposure to research work in the humanities in collaboration with graduate students and faculty. Students on the teams worked as paid research assistants under the supervision of a teaching assistant and the Transcriptions faculty. This end-of-the-year presentation showcases the feature articles and research the students created for the new LCI Magazine. Topics include

May 2, 2002 (12:30-1:45 pm): Special Guest Visitor in Prof. Alan Liu's English 197, Literature & Graphic Design:

Victoria Vesna, Prof. and Chair, Department of Design/Media Arts, UCLA School of the Arts

Victoria Vesna—digital and network artist, professor, and chair of the Department of Design/Media Arts at the UCLA School of the Arts. Previously, Vesna taught in the Art Studio department at UCSB. Her major recent works have included digital projects and installations titled notime: Building a Community of People with No Time and Bodies,INC. Assignment for class: Students will be expected to talk to Victoria Vesna about her work and to ask her questions.

As preparation, please browse Victoria Vesna's Web site and get a sense of her work

April 22, 2002 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509

Lev Manovich, Professor, Visual Arts Dept., UC San Diego

Discussion with Lev Manovich about New Media

In residence at UCSB as the Digital Cultures Project Fellow, Lev Manovich is a well-known theorist and practitioner of digital media. His book The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001) is assigned reading in several LCI courses. He is also the author of Tekstura: Russian Essays on Visual Culture (Chicago University Press, 1993) as well as many articles published in more than twenty countries. Manovich was born in Moscow and has been working with computer media as an artist, computer animator, designer, and programmer since since 1984.

Fall 2001

Oct. 30, 2001 (2:00-3:15 pm): Special "Virtual" Visitor in Prof. Rita Raley's English 165LT, "Hypertext Fiction and Poetry"

Jeff Parker, hypertext theorist, critic, and writer

Online "chat" visit with Jeff Parker, the author of such works of electronic creative writing as "A Long Wide Smile" (2000) and "S/he it" (1999). Parker has also written such essays about hypertext and new media as "A Poetics of the Link" (2001). See his homepage.

2000-2001 Colloquia

Spring 2001

April 6 , 2001 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509

Michael Heim, Professor, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

"The Classic Book and Avatar Chat": A Research Overview with Hands-On Involvement"

In residence at UCSB during April as a visiting fellow of the UC The Digital Cultures Project, Michael Heim's interactive discussion comparing books to avatar chat will lead off a month of workshops and other events related to virtual reality. (Full schedule of April's events)

Fall 2000

December 8, 2000 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509 and the Digital Classroom: A Roundtable Discussion

Participants: Stephen Erickson (; Robert Hamm (Digital Cultures Project Research Assistant); Alan Liu (Director, Transcriptions Project); Chris Schedler ( ; William Warner (Director, The Digital Cultures Project)

Topic: This round-table discussion will have a double focus: an overview of the .com initiative (founded by UCSB engineering Professor Sanjoi Banerjee) as well as a more general discussion of what the digital classroom is and should be. Those of us who have made use of new digital technologies in the classroom have quickly discovered that the attempt to use these technologies pushes one into probing questions about what a classroom actually is and what it is we as teachers try to do in that space. The roundtable will begin with a short overview of what offers departments like our own; then each participant will offer a short overview of the issues and questions they would like addressed in our general discussion. I hope this gives us an opportunity to blend our discussion of broad and abstract issues with mundane and practical ones.

1999-2000 Colloquia

Spring 2000

April 10, 2000 (3:30-5:00 pm), Arts 2235

Harry Reese, Professor of Art Studio, UCSB

"The Trailing Edge of Technology: A Field Trip to Professor Reese's Studio"

May 23rd, 2000 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509

Rita Raley, Professor of English, University of Minnesota

3:30 Lecture: "How to Make Things with Words: Hypertext and Literary Value" (first paragraph and bibliography)

Location: English Dept. Seminar Room, South Hall 2635-

5:00 Workshop: "Taxonomies of Hypertext Fiction": Reading: Espen Aarseth, "Introduction: Ergodic Literature" (available online at the site for his Cybertext book) Location: Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509

Also see Raley's courses, Hypertext Fiction and Theory & Electronic Literature and Culture, and her new Web anthology of hypertext art, criticism, etc: Hypermarks: An Anthology of Electronic Literature

[Note: Prof. Raley joined the UCSB English Department's faculty and the Transcriptions Project in 2001]

June 5, 2000 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509

Charles Bazerman, Professor of English and Education, UCSB

3:30 Colloquium: "Nuclear Information: One Rhetorical Moment in the Construction of the Information Age"

Winter 2000

Tuesday, January 25, 2000 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509

Ann Bermingham, Professor of Art History, UCSB

"Narrative, Memory, Archive: Some Thoughts on Louisa Conolly's Print Room at Castletown, Co. Kildare"

Monday, February 7, 2000 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, Professor of English, Univ. of Kentucky

3:30PM Public Lecture: "Understanding Information." English Dept. Seminar Room

5:00PM Workshop on "New Media in the Curriculum and the Job Market"

See also his talk from the MIT "Media in Transition" Conference: The Other End of Print: David Carson, Graphic Design, and the Aesthetics of Media

Thursday, March 9, 2000 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509

Barbara Cohen, Director, UC Irvine HumaniTech: Computer Resources for Faculty Research and Teaching

"A Chat with Barbara Cohen"

Monday, March 13, 2000 (3:00-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509

M. D. Coverley (pen name of Marjorie C. Luesebrink), MFA, Hypertext Fiction Artist & Professor of English, Irvine Valley C.

"The Crimson Orb: Technology and Women on the WWW"

Event co-sponsored by the UCSB Women's Center, College of Creative Studies, and English Dept.

Marjorie Luesebrink teaches writing at Irvine Valley College and has been making hypermedia fiction since 1995. Her interactive, hypertext novel, Califia, is forthcoming from Eastgate Systems on CD-ROM, spring 2000. Recent short fictions on the web include: "Endless Suburbs" (Iowa Review Web), "Rain Frames" (Aileron), "Life in the Chocolate Mountains" (Salt Hill #7), "To Be Here as Stone Is" with Stephanie Strickland (Riding the Meridian), "The Lacemaker" (The Book of Hours of Madame de Lafayette produced by Christy Sheffield Sanford), and "Pao Lien and the Cave Dragon, Wu" (the trAce Millennium Project Gallery). Forthcoming pieces include "Fibonacci's Daughter" (New River, #7) and "Eclipse Louisiana" (Cauldron and Net, April 2000). The February issue of Riding the Meridian includes her project, "The Progressive Dinner Party" (with Carolyn Guertin)—featuring 39 women writing web-specific literature. She also serves on the Board of Director for the Electronic Literature Organization.

Fall 1999

Monday, October 18, 1999 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509

Introducing Transcriptions: Chris Schedler; Caroline Brehm; Diana Solomon; Bill Warner and Alan Liu offering a Workshop overview of hardware/software environment, and social and cyber- etiquette for grad students and faculty working in the Studio.

Monday, November 15, 1999 (3:30-5:00 pm), South Hall 2635

Alan Liu, Professor of English, UCSB

"Should We Historicize the Culture of Information?" Alan Liu is presently writing and teaching about the culture of information. His earlier work concentrated on the nature of the historical understanding of literature. Historical understanding is part of the heritage of the humanities, perhaps never more so than in the last few decades of new historicist, cultural-critical, and other contextualist criticism. The troubling question he is currently wrestling with in his research and pedagogy: is historical understanding capable of representing the contemporary culture of information? Or is such understanding just another competing media-effect, interface, mode of information, or simulation to be kept open in a window on the cultural desktop? Is "history" more real than "media"? The following are readings for the colloquium (print materials available in the English Dept. office in advance of the meeting):

  • Alan Liu's talk at the English Institute, Oct. 2, 1999, "The Laws of Cool (Information Should Not Mean But Be)," 21 pages in typescript
  • Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin, Remediation: Understandng New Media, pp. 3-19
  • Alan Liu's Fall 1999 undergraduate course on "The Culture of Information": peruse the Schedule page to observe the structure of the course

Online materials prepared for the colloquium

Friday, December 3, 1999

J. Hillis Miller, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, UC/Irvine

2:30 Discussion of those selections of Professor Miller's recent book, Black Holes, which deal explicilty with telecommunications. (pp. 89-183) You may pick up a copy of the reading in the English Department in the weeks before the discussion. (Transcriptions Studio, South Hall 2509)

4:30 Public Lecture: "Marcel on the Telephone" English Department Seminar room (South Hall 2635)

Spring 1999

Monday, April 12, 1999 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall

William Paulson, Professor of Romance Studies, U. Michigan

Discussion of Chapter V, "Literary Culture and the Worlds of Science" from his recently completed book, Literary Culture and the Life of the World

Tuesday, April 20, 1999 (2:00-3:30 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall

Richard Grusin, Professor of Communications, Georgia Tech

"The Web and Cultural Difference" (also discussion of a chapter from his recently published book, Remediation: Understanding New Media)

Monday, April 26, 1999 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall

Jackie Spafford, Department of Art History, Slide Curator, UCSB

"Student-Assigned Websites" (presentation & discussion)

Friday, May 7, 1999 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall

Muriel Zimmerman, Writing Program, UCSB

"Digital Writing: A Technical Communication Perspective"

Monday, May 17, 1999 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall

Chris Schedler, Graduate Student in English, UCSB Transcriptions Research Assistant

"Weaving Webs: Native American Literature, Oral Tradition, Internet"

(pre-circulated articles & on-line discussion issues)

Monday, May 24, 1999 (3:30-5:00 pm), Transcriptions Studio, South Hall

Carol Pasternack, Professor of English, UCSB

"Using the Web in the Writing Components of Literature Courses"

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