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Language and the Interface

© Ana Sabino, 2015.

© Ana Sabino, 2015.

An Exhibition of Electronic Literature at the University of Coimbra

“The aim of the ‘Language and the Interface’ exhibit is twofold: on the one hand, to show different modes of processing and displaying language in networked programmable media; on the other hand, to call attention to the interface as both a constraining and enabling reading device. What happens when an understanding of literature as patterned verbal and written language is explored in conjunction with the metamedial affordances of the computer environment? What is the role of the interface in situating and constituting readers as subjects of digital literary works? How are the processing of language and the language of processing interfaced by the display?” [From the “Curatorial statement”]

“Language and the Interface” features a selection of 27 works, and results from research work carried out for the FCT PhD Programme in Materialities of Literature. The exhibition is curated by Daniela Côrtes Maduro, Ana Marques da Silva and Diogo Marques. It has been designed as an exploratory sample  of writing strategies from different moments (1995-2015), in various languages (English, Portuguese, French), using diverse technologies (stand-alone and networked computer, tablets and mobile devices, augmented reality applications). The show is  part of the international conference “Digital Literary Studies” hosted by the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Coimbra, May 14-15, 2015. The works will be on display at the Faculdade de Letras (Room 6, 4th floor). For further information see: Exhibition “Language and the Interface”.

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