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Great Experience, Fun for Everyone

I just wanted to thank you for putting on this great exhibit. I know how much work you put into it, and I truly appreciated both the quality of the artworks and the construction of the viewing space.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the exhibit, and the thing that was most fun for me, was watching how people interacted with the works. There was a very diverse group of people in attendance on opening night, from the very young to the (sad to say it) very old. But the ways people responded and interacted with the digital literature was almost as varied as the demographics viewing it. Children ran from display to display, while the adults either joined in on the play or watched contemplatively from the distance. Some people seemed not sure what to make of the pieces, while others jumped right in feet first. I am not quite sure what this says about the state of digital literature within the humanities, but I think many people were at least awakened to their existence in the first place, which is always a great place to start if you want a field to gain any traction in academia.

Very good work! Thanks for everything.


Challenging, Formally Complex, Fun Stuff

I was really looking forward to seeing the exhibition. We’ve been working together on a lot of comprehensive and dissertation committees where the issues surrounding digital media and textual studies have been in full play. And, of course, I’ve been aware of our new digital literature course, too. So, I was expecting to see something very cool, smart, and pertinent to English Studies.

No disappointments. The exhibition looked and sounded great—the lighting in the gallery largely shaped by the flicker of projection screens, the sound by the various things happening around the room.

I was particularly struck by Serge Boucardon et al.’s 12 Labors of the Internet User, which hit the perfect note of irony—the mythic labors of Heracles juxtaposed to the banal hassles of computer use. Maria Mencia’s Another Kind of Language was also very striking. I was chatting with Kyle Houser about the thing, and I commented that the exhibition hit all the things I love the most about art: it was interactive, it was cool looking, and the work was well beyond anything that I might do myself. This was challenging, formally complex, fun stuff.

I wasn’t alone in that opinion. There was a steady flow of people in and out while I was there—the busiest I’ve ever seen Sprowls Gallery. And 80+ people at the opening?! Clearly, this is a topic and medium of significance.

Well done!


Penn Online Story

Thanks for the Penn coverage Andrea and Maurice.